CUNY Cultural Corps (Summer Paid Internship in Arts Management)

Are you an undergraduate student looking to gain hands-on arts management experience in the city that defines a thriving arts and business metropolis—New York City? This program is for you!

Application Deadline February 4, 2018


The Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program is designed to promote and advance diversity in the field of arts management and thus seeks candidates from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in arts leadership. In its review of candidates, ABC/NY will give preference to these applicants.

Eligible applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • be available for orientation scheduled for Monday, June 4, 2018
  • be available during the entire length of the program, Monday, June 4 to Thursday, August 9, 2018;
  • be currently enrolled as an undergraduate (the program is open to current college students who will have completed their freshman year by the beginning of the internship. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply; applications from college graduates and graduate students will not be accepted.); and
  • be able to provide Employment Eligibility Verification. Applicants must be able to provide (but do not need to include with application materials) EITHER one document from List A OR one document from List B, plus one document from List C. (If you can provide a document from List A, you do not need any documents from List B or List C.) (Click here to download a PDF of eligible documents).

The Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program was created to advance diversity in the arts management field and to build a pipeline of future arts leaders in New York City, as well as to provide opportunities for students considering both arts and business careers to learn about the business of the arts. Each summer, undergraduate students from diverse and generally underrepresented backgrounds are matched with host arts organizations in the five boroughs of New York City to complete challenging projects in areas such as marketing, public relations, fundraising, event management, audience development, and community outreach. The Arts & Business Council of New York matches undergraduate students with dynamic non-profit arts organizations and with corporate mentors who can guide their personal and professional growth.

Through the Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program, students will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Gain hands-on experience in arts management by working on projects that are designed to increase applicable skills, contacts, and future job prospects. Intern projects can be in marketing and communications, development and fundraising, event planning, audience development, community outreach, and more.
  • Benefit from the experience and skills of arts and business professionals. Business mentors guide and advise the students throughout the internship, through regular meetings and conversations, and nurture an intern’s personal goals and interests. They provide insight into the business world, and demonstrate how individuals with varying careers and backgrounds can support the arts. Each intern’s day-to-day arts host supervisor is an experienced and can also serve as a professional mentor.
  • Participate in conversations and skills-building workshops about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, career development, and professional networks.
  • Build a close network of peers who are also navigating a future career in arts management and have are interrested in the arts across disciplines.

The internship is an intensive 10-week program which includes full time work (Monday-Friday) with a New York City arts organization, opening and closing ceremonies, an opening orientation, group site visits, professional development, and cultural events at least twice per week in the evenings, and weekly communication and/or meet ups with your business mentor.

This program, which brings together participants from the arts and business sectors, facilitates arts-business partnerships through leadership development. Each intern gains valuable on-the-job training, learning opportunities, and networking specific to both the nonprofit arts sector and the business side of the arts.


All interns work for ten weeks, full-time, at their respective NYC arts organizations. Interns will begin their first day on the job immediately after the June 4, 2018 orientation, welcome ceremony, and breakfast (intern host supervisors and mentors are invited as well). Specific daily work schedules will be set by individual host organizations, but interns should expect to work full time, Monday through Friday.


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