Summer Arts Internship
The Summer Arts Internship 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.
HOW IT WORKS
In Spring 2014, 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. Recent interns’ work has ranged from keeping press logs, to creating Flash animation, writing newsletters, and doing research for a television documentary.
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 school)
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE
Students who want to be considered for the program must:
- attend a NYC high school
- have a GPA of at least 2.5
- have outstanding conduct and school attendance
- be recommended by teachers and counselors