Americans For the Arts, Diversity In Arts Leadership program

Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship Program (DIAL)

Are you an undergraduate student looking to gain hands-on arts management experience in a city with a robust arts ecosystem? This program is for you!

Intern Applications Now Open!

The Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program (DIAL) is designed to influence equity in the arts leadership field, providing college students who have a career interest in arts, business, and community (social) change with a hands-on introduction to working in the non-profit arts sector. With a unique focus on creating more healthy, vibrant, and equitable arts ecosystems, intern participants are connected to an emerging arts community and a cohort of nonprofit arts organizational leaders, private sector mentors, and other cultural change practitioners. Together, they commit to continuous learning and advancing a more equitable arts ecosystem. Each summer, undergraduate students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are matched with host arts organizations in select national locations. Interns complete challenging projects in areas such as marketing, public relations, fundraising, event management, audience development, and community outreach.

Through the Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program, students will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Gain hands-on experience in arts management by working on projects that are designed to increase applicable skills, contacts, and future job prospects. Intern projects can be in marketing and communications, development and fundraising, event planning, audience development, community outreach, and more.
  • Benefit from the experience and skills of arts professionals. Mentors guide and advise the students throughout the internship, through regular meetings and conversations, and nurture an intern’s personal goals and interests. They provide insight into the arts world and demonstrate how individuals with varying careers and backgrounds can support the arts. Each intern’s day-to-day arts host supervisor is an experienced and can also serve as a professional mentor.
  • Participate in conversations and skills-building workshops about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, career development, and professional networks.
  • Build a close network of peers who are also navigating a future career in arts management and have are interested in the arts across disciplines.

The internship is an intensive 10-week program in a host location, which includes a four-day work week with a locally-based arts organizations, opening and closing ceremonies, orientations, group site visits, professional development, reflection sessions, opportunities to attend cultural events, and weekly communication and/or meet ups with your mentor.

The final date to apply is January 14, 2022. Late applications will not be considered. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified via e-mail about scheduling an interview with Americans for the Arts and/or local coordinting agency staff. Interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom or RingCentral video platform.

More information can be found on our website.

By Lori Ferrara
Lori Ferrara Senior Administrative Assistant Lori Ferrara