Bloomberg Arts Mentors: internship opportunity

Bloomberg Arts Mentors

A Paid Summer Internship for College Students

New York City, Summer 2018

The Bloomberg Arts Mentors program is a paid summer internship for undergraduate college students with an interest in the arts and working with teens. This is an excellent opportunity
for students who would also like to gain experience in arts administration, education and teaching. In this program, Mentors will provide guidance and oversight to high school students who are placed in internships in cultural organizations around the city. Mentors also assist with a variety of administrative tasks and will learn about implementing a highly effective arts education program.

Some of the cultural organizations that have participated in the program in the past include: Alvin Ailey, Art 21Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theater of HarlemNew York Live Arts, New York Theatre WorkshopNuyorican Poets Café, Poets HouseSocrates Sculpture Park, and Studio Museum in Harlem.

The ideal candidate for this program is creative, flexible, interested in learning about the variety of cultural organizations in New York City, comfortable presenting and speaking in front of groups, and committed to serving as a mentor to high school students. They will serve as role models for the high school interns, and must maintain high standards of professionalism and personal conduct. There are three positions available.

Program Details
The Bloomberg Arts Mentors program will run for approximately 9 weeks from mid-June through mid-August. Mentors will work five days per week and begin their oversight and administrative responsibilities which will include:

  • Serve as a mentor to high school students working at cultural institutions throughout New York City in the Bloomberg Arts and Culture Internship Program.
  • General administrative assistance and support for the internship program.
  • Communicate with interns regarding work assignments, schedules, and responsibilities.
  • Assist with planning group visits and excursions to cultural institutions throughout the summer, both on regular field trip days and extra activities on evenings and weekends.
  • Assist with developing prompts for weekly blog postings; manage collection of postings from students and post appropriate photos and student writings.
  • Support Studio staff with supervision of Bloomberg high school interns that are placed at Studio Institute.
  • Help to oversee and assist with intern multi-media projects; Mentor will support Artist Instructor and students in this effort.
  • Support and mentor high school interns with their college applications.
  • Photo-documentation of the Bloomberg Art and Culture Internship Program at weekly class sessions as well as at all work sites; compile report at the end of the program with highlight photos from every work site and class sessions.
  • Collect and process weekly time sheets for high school interns.
  • At end of program, assist with final collection of all reports and other program documentation.
  • Mentors will work part time in June and 35 hours per week July 9th through August 17th and will be paid $15/hour for their work, including training. They will be required to submit weekly time sheets, a mid-internship report, and a final report.



There are three positions available.

Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in the arts and strong writing and organizational skills. Please indicate any design, photography, or film experience that you have, as there will be one position that will require film and editing skills.

Program Eligibility
Students must be a current sophomore or junior in a college or university within the five boroughs of New York City, or must be permanent residents of New York City. Applicants must be enrolled full time during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Financial Aid Requirement: Applicants must demonstrate financial need by submitting a copy of their FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) that illustrates an EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) of $10,000 or less.

There are no exceptions to these eligibility and financial aid requirements.

Application Information
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, documentation of EFC (see above) and at least two references to:

Please include “Bloomberg Arts Mentors” in the subject line.
Qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.