The Arts Workforce Initiative

Internship Opportunities

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is currently accepting applications from individuals who are interested in an intern/apprenticeship through the Arts Workforce Initiative (AWI). AWI is a paid intern/apprenticeship program that provides Connecticut college students, emerging creatives and military veterans an opportunity to gain high-level professional work experience with non-profit arts and cultural organizations throughout the state.

COA will select 20 individuals - a combination of college, emerging creative professionals and military veterans - who have experience in or wish to grow professionally in the areas of arts administrationarts presenting/curatingmedia artsperforming artsvisual artsarts education, and literary arts. These individuals will be matched with a host organization that is aligned with their specific professional goals and desired career track. 


An individual must:

·     be a Connecticut resident;

·     have availability to successfully complete the program (intern/apprenticeships take place between June - September 2020);

·     have experience in or wish to grow professionally in the following categories: arts administration, arts presenting/curating, media arts, performing arts, visual arts, arts education, and literary arts; and

·     be enrolled in or a recent graduate from an accredited college or university OR be an emerging creative professional OR a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces

Important Information:

·     Notification of selections will take place the week of April 6, 2020.

·     Selected individuals are required to attend professional development training session(s) that will take place in May 2020.

·     The intern/apprenticeship will take place between June - September 2020.

·     Individuals placed with a host organization must complete a total of 250 hours.

·     Selected individuals will determine a work schedule with the host organization.

·     Rate of pay is $15 per hour. Selected individuals will be paid directly by the host organization where intern/apprenticeship will take place.

·     Selected individuals will be required to submit a final report upon completion of intern/apprenticeship.

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How To Apply:

The Arts Workforce Initiative application must be submitted on-line.

The deadline to submit an application is Monday, March 30, 2020.


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