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The Bloomberg Arts Internship - Summer 2017

Young Audiences of Maryland (YA) and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) will offer paid summer internships to 25 rising seniors from Baltimore City Public High Schools. This brand-new internship program will include: meaningful work experience and a special project through a placement at an arts /cultural institution; behind-the-scenes tours/presentations at arts organizations; and the chance to see/hear/ talk about works of art in various arts disciplines (art, music, theatre, dance, design, film/video, technology.)

Students will also receive guidance and support with college applications and build strong career skills. This program is made possible by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Bloomberg started this exciting program in New York in 2012, added Philadelphia in 2015. Now YA AND GBCA are thrilled to start a Bloomberg Internship program here in Baltimore this coming summer, 2017!




Are you interested in learning more about the arts scene in Baltimore?

Looking for some valuable work experience and support in the college application process?

How about a PAID internship in one of Baltimore’s arts and cultural organizations?

Well then…the Bloomberg Arts Internship may be for you!

The Bloomberg Arts and Culture Internship program is designed to challenge and inspire students. As an intern, you will work at your internship “worksite” three days per week. On the fourth day, you will participate in field trips to cultural institutions, and on the fifth day, you will participate in professional development, college prep workshops and writing coaching sessions.

Interns can expect to develop work plans, start a college application, create personal essays, write responses to art and performances, complete a final project and, most of all, be challenged.

Interns are paid $9.25 per hour for 35 hours per week for the six-week internship, and an additional 20 hours during the orientation week --- a total of 230 hours from June 20-August 4, 2017.

Am I qualified to apply?

To apply, students must

  • Be enrolled in a Baltimore City public high school and:
  • Successfully complete their junior year 2016-17;
  • Be 16 years of age or above as of 6/15/17;
  • Have a passion for the arts;
  • Commit to attend the 35-hour a week Internship plus a 20 hour orientation June 20-23;
  • Commit to working full-time for 6 weeks from June 26 through August 4;
  • Be able to work legally in the U.S.

How do I apply?

Applications are due Friday, March 31, 2017

Step I - The first step is to complete and submit a written application.

You may submit the application either by:

Please be sure to fully complete all sections of the application and include all required supporting materials: grades, attendance, and recommendations from teachers

Step 2- Only a certain number of students who submit applications will qualify for Step 2. If you are selected to move to the next step of the process, you will be invited by YA and GBCA to participate in an interview. You will be notified by YA/GBCA if you are invited for an interview. At that time you will receive information about how to prepare for the interview, as well the appointment date, time and location. Interviews will take place during the week of April 3-7.

Step 3 – Based on the strength of applications and interviews, 25 students will be selected to participate in the program. If you are selected as one of the 25 members of Baltimore’s first Class of 2017 Bloomberg Interns, you will be notified right after spring break and will receive additional materials regarding dates, expectations etc.

Important Dates:


Orientation June 20-23, 2017

Six Week Internship June 26-August 4, 2017

Got questions?

Contact: Chaz Walters, Bloomberg Program Coordinator

[email protected]





Arts and cultural organizations are invited to apply to serve as worksites, hosting two summer interns for six weeks. Under the guidance of a designated staff, interns will work three days a week, seven hours per day to complete a project designed by the organization.

The Bloomberg Arts Internship model was developed as a pipeline for public school students to college and careers. It is a rigorous program, designed to challenge and inspire students. Along with placements at worksites, Interns will also receive college and career support, including weekly professional development seminars and field trips to cultural institutions.

Worksite partners will be paid $750 per intern to help offset the costs of staff time in supervising and guiding the intern(s). Selection of partner organizations as worksites will be based on the following Bloomberg guidelines.

  • The organizations will offer interns a meaningful role working on a defined project of use to the institution.
  • The project will include the opportunity to engage in both creative and administrative work.
  • The organization will identify a managing stage supervisor to guide and coach the intern(s). It will be helpful if the organization has an education department and/or experience working effectively with high school students.
  • The capacity to host two interns. Bloomberg bests practices indicate that having two interns per organization works best, but exceptions may be made for organizations who can host only one intern or wish to host more than two.
  • The organization is willing to participate in several required activities: an intern/worksite matching session, a one-time worksite orientation, and a final event when interns will each make project presentations.
  • The organization considers having the intern(s) plan and implement a field trip for a group of students form the Young Audiences Summer Arts and Learning Academies (
  • The organization will provide feedback to be incorporated in a final evaluation of the program.

We will work to ensure that our roster of placements includes large and small organizations, those working in a variety of visual and performing arts disciplines, organizations serving different constituencies, and organizations located in different geographical areas of the city.

Important Dates for Organizations

  • Worksite Application Due: April 14, 2017
  • Notification of Selection: April 24, 2017
  • Student/Worksite Matching Event: TBD
  • Worksite Orientation: Late May (TBD: 1.5 hours in the a.m.)
  • Student Intern Orientation Week: June 20-23
  • Six-Week Internship Program: June 24-Aug. 4
  • Final Presentation of Project: first week of August (time/place TBD)

How We Will Support You

The YA/GBCA team comprises members with expertise in arts leadership and management, curriculum development, and arts education. Partners can expect consistent support from the YA/GBCA staff throughout the program.

  • We will be responsible for making sure that students make a full commitment to completing all requirements of the placement and program, and will orient and prepare students for the responsibilities of working with partners.
  • We will be responsible for planning and implementing field trips, professional development days, and the final event.
  • We will arrange for a NYC/Philadelphia worksite coordinator(s) to participate in the worksite orientation session to give you a sense of what to expect.
  • Our Bloomberg Program Coordinator, Chaz Walters will serve as a resource to you and a liaison to students in helping with issues as they arise, both through regular communication and site visits
  • We will ask for ongoing feedback in order to continue to make any necessary adjustments that will strengthen the program.
  • We will process all payments to the students.
  • We will use your feedback/perspective in the final evaluations process.



Become a Member

As a member of GBCA, you will not only gain access to wonderful benefits, but you will also become an active participant in a broader cultural community. Your organization and employees will directly benefit from opportunities to collaborate, connect, learn, network and share with your colleagues in the cultural community. Join our growing constituency of over 300 individual artists and organizations representing the region's extraordinary range of arts, culture, history, heritage, humanities, and attractions.

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