What's New?

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Arts Department will require intern proposals that can be completed either remotely or in person, to comply with the public health guidelines in place at that time. The program will also maintain the extended timeline that was implemented during the 2020 program year:

  • Interns will be able to complete their 400 hours between June 1, 2021 and March 1, 2022.
  • Grantees can choose to have interns work between 15 to 40 hours a week, meaning internships will range from 10 to 27 weeks.
  • Grantee organizations will also be able to choose which month to launch their positions on our website to begin recruitment.

There have also been the following changes to the grant awards:

  • The cash match for organizations with budget sizes over 1.5 million have been eliminated.
  • Organizations with budget sizes of 1 million dollars or less now qualify for the administrative stipend (up from organizations with budgets of $500,000 or less)
  • The administrative stipend per position has been increased from $500 per intern to $750 per intern.


Each organization participating in the program is awarded a grant ranging from $6,000 – $6,750 per intern. The amount an organization receives and the number of internship positions it may request support for depends on the applicant’s budget size (the total operating revenue less in-kind for the organization’s most recently completed fiscal year).

The grant supports an intern’s salary for 400 hours of employment between June 1, 2021 and March 1, 2022. Organizations choose the intern's start and end date within that period, as well as how many hours a week they will work A full-time (40-hour per week) position would last ten consecutive weeks, while a part time (15 hour per week) position would last 27 consecutive weeks. Organizations may modify that schedule if needed within the program time frame, but may not exceed 8 hours per day/40 hours per week without paying overtime.

All interns will be paid $6,000 for 400 hours of work ($15.00 per hour, or $600 for 40 hours per week). An additional stipend of $750 is awarded to organizations with budgets less than 1 million dollars to assist with administrative costs and any other additional expenses associated with hosting an intern.

Student Recruitment And Selection

NOTE: funded organizations are responsible for recruiting and selecting a student who meets eligibility requirements for the program.

In 2017, the Board of Supervisors expanded the number of positions funded through the program as part of the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative (CEII) in recognition of the unique role of workforce development opportunities like the Arts Internship Program in addressing continued disparities of equity and access to arts careers. The Board stipulated that the additional positions be reserved for community college students, emphasizing inclusivity of those from communities that experience barriers to arts access.

All organizations are encouraged to be inclusive in recruiting and hiring students of all backgrounds, including community college students.

Summary of Allowable Requests and Awards

Organizational Budget Size Allowable Internship Request Grant Award Per Internship Maximum Award Amount
Budget under $500,000 One or two $6,750 $13,500
Budget over $500,000 but below $1,000,000 One, two, or three (if three, at least one community college student) $6,750 $20,250
Budget over $1,000,000 One, two or three (if three, at least one community college student) $6,000 $18,000

View The Guidelines

A full list of guidelines for applying to the 2021 Arts Internship Program.