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Bloomberg Arts Internship

Internships have a significant impact on a student’s development — putting them in a better position to excel in the classroom and gain the experience they need to have success in their future careers. The Bloomberg Arts Internship program is working to help young people develop the skills and give them the tools they need by providing students in Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. with work experience at select cultural institutions, as well as work-readiness and college-preparation training. Rising public high school seniors receive paid summer internships at cultural organizations along with supplementary activities in their city designed to develop workforce readiness skills, create a diverse pipeline to cultural sector careers, promote engagement with the cultural sector, and prepare students to apply to and attend college.

Since it began in 2012, the program has supported 1,700 paid internships at more than 250 cultural organizations. Bloomberg Arts Internship is the largest, and one of the few, programs that offers paid internships for high school students in the cultural sector in the United States. Select alumni of the summer program also participate in internships at cultural institutions during their senior year in high school and in a summer internship during college. The program also has an active alumni network.

To date, Bloomberg Philanthropies has invested $37 million in the Bloomberg Arts Internship.

A full list of participating cultural institutions and businesses in the 2024 program is available here.


Making a Difference in the Community as an Arts Intern

Top photo: Bloomberg Arts Interns in New York City present their end-of-program internship projects.