Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe announced the return of the County’s Arts Internship Program, which will provide 74 paid summer internships for college students.
Position descriptions and contacts are posted on the Arts Commission’s website. Go to Los Angeles County Arts, click on “Internships,” then “Opportunities for Students.” Interested students should act as soon as positions are posted as there is stiff competition for a limited number of internships. Students apply directly to the organization offering the internship, not the Arts Commission. The organizations make final candidate selections quickly, as internships begin on May 30.
Graduating seniors who complete their undergraduate degrees by September 1, 2011 are eligible, as well as undergraduates. Applicants must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2011 and be currently enrolled (full-time) in a community college or a four-year university. Applicants must be a resident of and/or attending school in Los Angeles County.
The positions are for 10 weeks and pay $350 per week. Interns also take part in educational and arts networking activities. Through the program, interns gain real work experience to strengthen their resumes and develop business skills that can be put to use in their future careers.
Organizations in the County’s Fourth Supervisorial District offering arts internships include:
Angels Gate Cultural Center
Arts & Services for Disabled
Arts Council for Long Beach
Culture Shock LA
Grand Vision Foundation
Institute of Arts Music and Science
International City Theatre
La Mirada Theatre
Long Beach Opera
Long Beach Symphony Orchestra
Norris Center for the Performing Arts
Sangeet School of World Music
Shakespeare by the Sea
Examples of County internship experiences include:
• The Multidisciplinary Arts Intern at Angels Gate Cultural Center will receive valuable experience in all aspects of arts administration and be involved in events such as the annual Angels Playfest Play Reading Series and prepare for the on-site Cevapcici Fall Festival.
• At Long Beach Opera, the Arts Administration Intern will play an integral role in Long Beach Opera’s 2012 season marketing campaign. The intern will analyze and evaluate past marketing efforts and use traditional and cutting edge marketing tactics to help expand Long Beach Opera’s patron base.
• The Music Production and Radio Broadcast Intern at Arts & Services for Disabled will provide critical support for the performing arts and music program. The intern will create and produce a musical piece for broadcast on several community and state college radio stations.
To support the internships, Los Angeles County, through its Arts Commission, has given grants totaling $250,000 to 74 arts organizations throughout the County.