Summer Arts Internship Program

Summer Arts Internship Program

The Summer Arts Internship Program provides opportunities for high school students to participate in school-to-career activities in the arts and related industries. The goal: to expose students, teachers, counselors, and administrators to the many career options in New York City’s $21 billion arts industry.



In Spring 2017, qualified students who attend a New York City high school will go through a rigorous selection process. At the beginning of the spring semester, this select group takes part in an intensive, one-week orientation. Also known as “Boot Camp”, the orientation showcases careers in the arts and related industries as it provides job-skills training and prepares students for worksite internship placements in fields including marketing, theater, design, music, architecture, the visual arts, and fashion.

Once they earn their internships, students are assigned a project and a mentor. Possible internship partners include companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, BAM, Mark Morris Dance Group, SONY Music and RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

The orientation curriculum addresses the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Education Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS), the New York State Learning Standards for Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS), and the New York City Performance Standards for Applied Learning.

During the course of their 7-week internships, students receive regular feedback and support from their worksite, the Brooklyn Steppers, and educators from their schools. Each student also:

  • participates in a Career Awareness Day
  • receives a stipend
  • receives one elective credit from his/her high school (depending on their school)



Students who want to be considered for the program must:

  • attend a NYC high school
  • have a 75% average or 2.5 GPA
  • have outstanding conduct and school attendance
  • be recommended by teachers and counselors

E-mail or mail your application with the required attachments to or The Brooklyn Steppers, PO Box 24415, Brooklyn, NY 11202.

Application Deadline: February 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST.  Late applications will not be accepted.