Bloomberg Arts Mentors

A Paid Summer Internship for College Students
New York City

The Bloomberg Arts Mentors program is a paid summer internship for undergraduate college students with 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 administration, museum education, and guiding teens who are preparing to transition to college.

Bloomberg Arts Mentor Ace V. with Bloomberg Arts Interns (summer 2019)

Mentors will provide support and oversight to high school students who will be: (1) interning at cultural organizations around the city, (2) participating in college support and professional development workshops, and (3) attending arts and cultural field trips across the five boroughs.

The program is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and is sponsored by Studio Institute, a nonprofit organization that is committed to apprenticeship-based learning, professional development for teachers, visual arts curricula, and sharing research and assessment methods with arts and educational communities nationwide.

Cultural organizations that have participated in the program in the past include: Art 21, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109, Dixon Place, New York Live Arts, New York Theatre Workshop, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Park Avenue Armory, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Studio Museum in Harlem.

Watch the 2020 Bloomberg Arts Internship Program video.

Program Details:
Throughout the program, Mentors will provide direction and 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 and Culture 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 interns regarding work assignments, schedules, and responsibilities
  • Collect and process weekly time sheets for high school interns
  • Assist with developing prompts for weekly blog postings; manage collection of assignments from interns and posting appropriate photos and student writings to the intern blog
  • 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 the Artist Instructor and students in this effort
  • Manage photo-documentation of the Bloomberg Arts Internship Program at weekly class sessions and work sites
  • Compile a report at end of program with highlight photos from every work site and class sessions
  • Assist with final collection of all intern work, reports, and other program documentation.

At the end of this program, mentors will give a brief final presentation on their summer experience.

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 in their cover letter or resume.

Program Eligibility:
Candidates must be current sophomores or juniors 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 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 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.

Applications for the Summer 2020 Bloomberg Arts Mentors program are now closed. Check back in January 2021 for information about next year’s program.

For more information about the  Bloomberg Arts Mentors program email Andrew Van Dusen:

Bloomberg Arts Interns visiting the Bartow-Pell Mansion in the Bronx.