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.
Mentors provide guidance and oversight to high school students who are placed in internships in cultural organizations around the city. The program is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and is sponsored by Studio in a School, a nonprofit organization that supports arts in New York City public schools.
Cultural organizations that have participated in the program in the past include: Art 21, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dance Theatre of Harlem, El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109, New York Live Arts, New York Theatre Workshop, Nuyorican Poets Café, Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Park Avenue Armory, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Studio Museum in Harlem.
Program Details The Bloomberg Arts Mentors program runs for approximately 8 weeks (mid-June through mid-August). Mentors work five days per week. Mentor oversight and administrative responsibilities include the following:
- Serve as a mentor to high school students working at cultural institutions throughout New York City in the Bloomberg Arts and Culture Internship Program.
- Assist with intern training program prior to start of internship.
- 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 in supervision of Bloomberg interns who are placed at Studio Institute
- Help to oversee and assist with intern multi-media projects; Mentors support Artist Instructor and students in this effort.
- Support and mentor high school interns with their college applications.
- Manage photo-documentation of the Bloomberg Arts Internship Program at weekly class sessions and work sites; compile report at end of program with highlight photos from every work site and class sessions.
- Collect and process weekly time sheets for high school interns.
- Assist with final collection of all reports and other program documentation.
- Mentors work part time in June and 35 hours per week starting July 1st. They are paid $17/hour for their work, including training. They are required to submit weekly time sheets, a mid-internship report, and a final report.
Candidates should have a demonstrated interest in the arts and strong writing and organizational skills. Applicants should indicate any design, photography, or film experience that they have. One of the four positions in the program requires film and editing skills.
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 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 $5,000 or less.
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