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Arts for Learning seeks BAI College Mentors

About Arts for Learning Maryland

Arts for Learning Maryland (formerly Young Audiences of Maryland) is devoted to enriching the lives and education of Maryland’s youth through educational and culturally diverse arts programs. Through Arts for Learning, professional teaching artists from all disciplines partner with educators, schools, and school districts to provide -- on average -- over 300,000 hours of learning in, through, and about the arts to more than 185,000 Maryland students annually.

Arts for Learning is a mission-driven organization that values community, innovation, and passion. The staff, board, and teaching artists have a shared commitment to advance equity in the field of education by working tirelessly to generate opportunities for students to imagine, create, and realize their full potential through the arts.

About the Bloomberg Arts Internship


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 to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Boston. As Baltimore enters its sixth year, Arts for Learning Maryland is in search of 40 dynamic Baltimore City Public Schools rising seniors to make up the 2022 class. Should we reach our goal of 40 interns, we will split the class into two cohorts.


BAI is a rigorous program with three major elements: a six-week paid placement working day-to-day in an arts 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.

We currently anticipate that BAI 2022 will be an IN PERSON program, though interns may complete parts of their internships virtually as decided by them and their site supervisors. We will continue to update our plans based on city and state COVID safety precautions. In 2020, we were fully virtual and in 2021, we operated a hybrid program. We are prepared to deliver a strong, engaging program in any format!

About the role

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 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 of 6-8 interns. When not leading the facilitation of workshops, they are supporting these workshops and working closely with students in a variety of capacities. In partnership with Writing Coaches, College Mentors will also facilitate small group Book Clubs around texts that interns self select.

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.)
  • Required Dates, Times and Working Hours + Job Responsibilities

Please see the Job Description HERE for a complete listing of responsibilities and required dates. Work will begin in June and continue through mid-August.

The Lead College Mentor will also be responsible for interviewing potential mentors, supporting the Training/Orientation of fellow mentors, checking in with the team, supporting them in meeting the job responsibilities, and providing guidance about best practices in mentoring. (Ideally, this candidate has worked in the program in the past.)

Interviews for selected applicants will take place on March 31 5:00 to 7:00 in the Zoom. Please hold this date!


  • The College Mentor position is a seasonal exempt position and is not eligible for health benefits or overtime.
  • College Mentors will work approximately 232 hours @ $20/hour.
  • The Lead College Mentor receives an additional $500 bonus.

Our COVID Policy

All College Mentors are classified as Arts for Learning temporary employees. To align with our current Covid-19 policies, if hired for Summer 2022 you will be required to submit proof of Covid-19 vaccination. If you are not able to receive the vaccine, you may request a waiver. If a waiver is granted, you will be required to submit a Covid-19 test each Monday morning, taken within 72 hours. More information will be provided upon hiring.

To Apply

For consideration, apply HERE by March 28th.

Got questions? Reach out to Kristina Berdan ([email protected]) for more information!

Salary Range
Employer Name:
Arts for Learning Maryland
Job Title:
Bloomberg Arts Internship College Mentor
Employer Contact Information:
[email protected]
Benefit Package
The College Mentor position is a seasonal exempt position and is not eligible for health benefits or overtime. 

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