In 2012, Bloomberg Philanthropies created the Bloomberg Arts Internship program in New York City as a pipeline for public school students to college and careers in the arts. The program’s success led the foundation to expand its reach, first to students in Philadelphia, then in Baltimore City, and now in Boston.
BAI is a rigorous program with three major elements: a six-week paid placement working day-to-day in an arts and cultural organization; opportunities to connect with artists, leaders and organizations that make Baltimore City such a vibrant arts community; and professional development focused on college and career readiness. Please watch this video to get a peek into the program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAnnoHq8fNI
Entering into its fifth year, Young Audiences is in search of dynamic, committed college mentors to support our interns. Applicants who are in any year of graduate or undergraduate school are invited to apply.
About the Internship
The Bloomberg Arts Internship offers paid summer internships to rising seniors from Baltimore City Public High Schools. The program is designed to challenge and inspire students and build strong career skills. We aim to:
- create meaningful workforce experiences in the field of arts and culture through placements at arts/cultural institutions;
- prepare students to apply and transition to college through professional development and the support of college mentors;
- develop knowledge of and connection to the city’s vibrant arts culture through panels of local artists, studio visits, and trips to local arts areas/organizations;
- strengthen oral and written communication skills through professional development and the support of writing coaches;
- create space for students to connect, create and catalyze change in their lives and communities;
- connect students to a BAI community grounded in safety, belonging, equity, and creative expression; a “homeplace” where Black joy is cultivated and thrives.
BAI 2021 will be a combination of virtual professional development (Thursdays and Fridays) and in-person trips and experiences (three Fridays). We will continue to update our plans based on city and state COVID safety precautions.
THE FINE PRINT
Interns will work on meaningful projects at their placements, start their Common Application, write their college essay, create a digital portfolio of all of their work, and present their summers to family, friends, supervisors, and community at our culminating event. What does this really look like?
- After four days of virtual Orientation to prepare, students start their internships.
- On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, students are completing their internships. Each worksite will work with its intern to determine if participation during their internship will be in person, virtual or a combination of the two.
- On Thursdays and Fridays, students participate in virtual professional development with the exception of three trips we hope will take place in person (in groups of 6).
College Mentors play a key role in supporting interns throughout the program. The College Mentors are present on both Professional Development days (Thursdays and Fridays). Under the guidance of the College Preparation Consultant, they work closely with the interns to support them with their college search and exploring the Common Application. In addition, College Mentors provide the one-to-one support in making sure their interns are completing work, responding to feedback, and building their portfolios. Mentors facilitate weekly check-ins with their small group. When not leading the facilitation of workshops, they are supporting these workshops and working closely with students in a variety of capacities.
The ideal mentor:
- has some mentoring experience;
- has the capacity to anticipate and resolve issues;
- is proactive, detail-oriented and possesses strong communication, organizational and management skills;
- has excellent judgment when working with high school students;
- believes in holding interns to high expectations while individualizing the support to get them there;
- models professionalism;
- has an affinity for the nature and value of the internship program and an understanding of the needs and capacities of high school students;
- has the ability and desire to collaborate;
- has the ability to create inclusive environments where all students’ unique gifts and talents are discovered and cultivated, and where students’ identities (racial, cultural, social, gender, etc.) are reflected all around them and matter through acknowledgement and affirmation;
- has the ability to examine biases and an understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and its impact on policies and practices, especially related to the administration of public education;
- has a passion for students: an ability to build meaningful relationships and a desire to “go above and beyond” to create homeplaces where Black joy is cultivated and thrives.
- has a commitment to seeing families as partners in education and (communicating with them regularly).
Scope of Work
BEFORE THE PROGRAM **Please note that these small group meetings may be virtual or in person-TBD!
- Participate in Worksite Orientation to meet internship supervisors and learn about the projects interns will engage in June 9 9:30-12:30
- Complete three hours of asynchronous training
- Participate in College Mentors Training to get oriented to the program, gather best practices from alumni, and begin mapping out curriculum June 17 3:00-7:00
- Attend the Welcome Box Pick Up/Social to meet students in person June 28 3:00-5:00
- Attend the Staff Mixer to connect with other staff members June 23 4:00-5:30
- Engage in a check in meeting prior to kicking off Orientation TBD
DURING THE PROGRAM (July 6-August 19) **Please note that Orientation and all programming on Thursdays and Fridays is virtual with the exception of three Friday field trips--July 16, July 30, August 16.
- Support and participate in Orientation July 6-9 9:00-5:00;
- Work independently on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (6 hours each day starting July 13) to:
- Facilitate up to five Site Visits (virtual or in person, depending on the site) in weeks 2, 3, and 4 (Week 1 will include a training session to prepare for those visits.);
- Follow up reporting from site visits; this includes documenting what students were doing, as well as any successes, challenges, and/or concerns brought up by interns and supervisors;
- Check in on student work using the Portfolio Checklist AND communicating with students to set goals for progress, determine barriers to mitigate, answer any questions, etc.
- Prepare with the team for any presentations;
- Participate in the virtual College Mentors 1 hour Weekly Check In on Tuesdays at 10:00.
- Attend the in person second Supply Pick Up/Social Tuesday, July 27th from 4:00-6:00.
- Support and participate in Programming: Thursdays 9:00-5:30 and Fridays 9:00-4:00.
- Support weekly college prep workshops (led by the College Prep Consultant) on Thursdays.
- Support students with the college search, making sure that they have a list of schools and a report about one school.
- Monitor google folders for each student in order to support their work, provide feedback, and communicate with staff if there are missing assignments.
- Facilitate small group check-ins on Thursdays and Fridays.
- Check in with students during any work sessions, monitoring their Portfolio Checklists, counseling around intern behavior, and more.
- Support students in building and organizing their portfolios.
- Check student timesheets each week for accuracy and site supervisor signatures.
- Support all staff in preparation for the final culminating event.
- Act as a positive, engaged role model to students, demonstrating professionalism while also building strong relationships and participating in workshops alongside them.
- Connect with all staff throughout the program, to modify the program along the way and ensure that each student is successful.
- Travel with an assigned group on three in-person Friday field trips (July 16, July 30, August 13) and help facilitate discussion and written reflections at the end of the trips. (This includes driving 2-3 students IF comfortable doing so.)
- Support and participate in the Culminating Event in the Zoom August 19 5:30-7:30
- Support and participate in the in-person Meet and Greet August 20 3:00-5:00
- Provide feedback to Young Audiences informally throughout the program and formally at the end of the program.
CHECK OUT THIS PROGRAM SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE!
For more information, please see our website: https://www.yamd.org/bloomberg-arts-internship/
Please take a look at the full SCOPE OF WORK and apply HERE.
- Each college mentor will have up to five interns in their cohort.
- Interviews for selected applicants will take place on March 24th from 5:00 - 7:00 pm via Zoom. Please hold this date!