Arts Internship Program (for Students)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the LA County Arts Internship Program?

The LA County Arts Internship Program provides undergraduates with meaningful experience working in nonprofit arts organizations, while assisting those organizations and developing future arts leaders.

How does it work?

The Arts Commission provides grants to nonprofit performing, presenting and literary organizations to host college students for ten weeks of full-time, paid work between June and August. The earliest that interns can start their 2018 internships is Monday, June 4, and the latest is Monday, June 18. Each participating host organization determines the exact start date and ten-week window within that range. In addition to working at their host organizations, students participate in education events and Peer Group activities coordinated by the Arts Commission. In the summer of 2018, 179 positions are available. A list of available positions is here. For more information about past interns' experiences, you can also read our 2017 Arts Internship Program Final Report, which includes a summary and evaluation from the perspectives of both interns and supervisors.

Wait, what about the visual arts?

Internships in museums and visual arts organizations are provided every summer through the Getty’s Foundation’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program.

Did you say paid?

Yes, in summer 2018 all students are paid $5,300 ($13.25/hour, $530/week) for their ten-week internships. Students are selected and paid directly by their host organizations, not by the Arts Commission.

So students have to be in college to participate. Are there any other eligibility requirements?

Yes, for example, students have to either live in or attend college in Los Angeles County. Please review the student eligibility guidelines in full.

I’m not majoring in the arts. Is this program right for me?

Students are not required to have prior background or experience in the arts. However, each organization creates its own job description, so it is important to read each description to find positions that may be suited to your skills and interests.

The internships run from June to August, but I’m planning an awesome getaway for two weeks in July. Can I still participate?

Sorry. Due to the nature of the program, students must be able to work ten consecutive weeks at their host organizations.

I’m in high school/graduate school/in the middle of a career change and I want an internship. What should I do?

At this time, the LA County Arts Internship Program is only open to eligible college students. We recommend Arts for LA’s Jobs Forum as well as LA Culture Net listserv for other internship or job opportunities that may work for you.

How do I apply?

Check back here at the end of March for a list of available positions for the following summer. Apply directly to the organizations that interest you. Due to the competitive nature of this program, we recommend applying early and applying to more than one organization.

Do you have any tips for applying?

Do we ever! Prepare your cover letter and resume in advance so that you can begin to tailor your materials are soon as the positions are posted. Do NOT submit the same cover letter and resume to each organization. Make sure your materials are error free; have them reviewed by a friend or professor beforehand. Do your research about the organizations that interest you so that you can make the best case for why you’re a good candidate. And be sure to read this fabulous blog post by an Arts Internship Program alumn with other good things to consider!

I still have questions! What should I do?

Contact Talia Gibas, Professional Development Programs Manager.