Bloomberg Arts Mentors

A Paid Summer Internship for College Students
New York City

The Bloomberg Arts Mentors program is a paid summer internship for post-grad and undergraduate college students with a strong interest in the arts and culture of New York City. This is an excellent opportunity for students who would like to gain experience in arts and educational program management and guidance for teens as they prepare to transition to college.

NOTE: Applications for 2021 Bloomberg Arts Mentors are now closed. Check back in February 2022 for information about the 2022 Mentors program.

Bloomberg Arts Mentor Ace with 2019 Bloomberg Arts Internship participants

The program is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the New York City cohort is administered by the Studio Institute. Studio Institute partners with a broad range of arts and cultural institutions to provide meaningful career training and expose interns to the multiple professional pathways in the arts. (See below for a sample of our partnering organizations.)

Mentors support virtual classes (and some in-person support if conditions allow) and oversight to rising senior high school students who will be 1) interning at arts organizations around the city and 2) participating in college support and professional development workshops and 3) attending (virtual and in-person, when possible) arts and cultural field trips across the five boroughs.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a demonstrated deep interest in the arts and have exceptional organizational skills. They must also have strong writing and editing skills and experience working on virtual platforms, such as Zoom and Google Meets.

Program Details: Throughout the intern orientation sessions and the eight-week program, Mentors will model professional behavior and assist in administrative responsibilities, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as a mentor to high school students working at cultural institutions throughout New York City in the Bloomberg Arts Internship Program
  • Support and mentor high school interns through assisting in the preparation of college applications, college resumes and navigating the Common App
  • Communicate with and provide timely feedback to interns regarding work assignments, schedules, and responsibilities
  • Collect and process weekly timesheets for high school interns
  • Assist with developing prompts for weekly blog postings; manage and track the collection of weekly assignments from interns; and post appropriate photos and student writings to the intern blog
  • Help to oversee and assist with intern multi-media projects; Mentors support Artist Instructor(s) and students in this effort
  • Manage photo-documentation of the Bloomberg Arts Internship Program at weekly virtual class sessions, breakout groups, and work sites
  • Assist in compiling a report at end of the program with highlight photos from each worksite and class sessions
  • Assist with the final collection of all intern work, reports, and other program documentation

2021 Program Eligibility: Undergrad candidates must be current rising juniors or seniors in a college or university within the five boroughs of New York City, or must be permanent residents of the City. Postgrad candidates must be current seniors or have graduated in 2020 or 2019 from a college or university within the five boroughs of New York City and must be a current permanent resident of the City.

Financial Aid Requirement: Applicants must demonstrate financial need by submitting a copy of their FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and provide the EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) document.


Cultural organizations that have participated in the program include: Art 21, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bartow Pell Mansion Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Children’s Museum of Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109, HERE Arts Center, Lewis Latimer House Museum, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Museum of the City of New York, New York Hall Of Science, New York Live Arts, New York Theatre Workshop, Nuyorican Poets Café, Park Avenue Armory, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, and Wave Hill Public Garden.

See what teen participants in the Bloomberg Arts Internship say about their experience.

For more information about the Bloomberg Arts Mentors program email Jen Comer jcomer@studioinstitute.org