What's New?

The Arts & Culture Department will require that internships take place on site at the organization, with the option to have the intern complete up to 100 of their 400-hour internships remotely. The program will  maintain the extended timeline that was implemented during the 2020 program year:

  • Interns will be able to complete their 400 hours between June 1, 2023 and March 1, 2024.
  • 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 still be able to choose which month to launch their positions on our website to begin recruitment, choosing April, May, June or July 2023.

Newly applying or newly returning organizations with fiscal sponsors will be asked to provide a copy of the agreement or verification letter from the sponsor, along with the sponsor’s most recent 990 listing a state of California address.

Additionally, the minimum wage for interns in the program has been increased to $16.04 an hour for a total grant of $6,416 per awarded intern.


Each organization participating in the program is awarded a grant ranging from $6,416 – $7,166 per intern. The amount an organization receives and the eligible number of internship positions requested 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, 2023 and March 1, 2023. 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 lasts ten consecutive weeks, while a part time (15 hour per week) position lasts 27 consecutive weeks. Organizations may modify that schedule if needed within the program timeframe but may not exceed 8 hours per day/40 hours per week without paying overtime.

All interns will be paid $6,416 for 400 hours of work ($16.04 per hour). An additional stipend of $750 is awarded to organizations with budgets less than $500,000 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 $7,166 $14,332
Budget over $500,000 One, two or three (if three, at least one community college student) $6,416 $19,248

View The Guidelines

A full list of guidelines for applying to the 2023 Arts Internship Program.