Studio Arts Mentors 2021

Gain Experience Teaching and Mentoring High School Students in the Visual Arts

The Studio Arts Mentors program, a paid internship for undergraduate Studio Art majors, provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience teaching and mentoring high school students in the visual arts.

In the spring, Studio Arts Mentors assist an experienced artist instructor to implement our Teen Apprenticeship Program (TAP), an apprenticeship program for high school students (ages 15–18) who are learning to teach visual art to children in virtual classes and with recorded lessons. Mentors shadow artists to learn about effective art instruction and lesson plan writing. Mentors learn how to facilitate and engage high school students in discussions about arts learning and engagement.

During the summer internship, Arts Mentors work with artist instructors and teens to produce, document, and deliver art instruction. Mentors help support the teens by guiding them in lesson planning, giving feedback, and hosting/co-teaching in live art classes on Zoom.

Watch the 2020 Teen Apprenticeship Program video.

Applications for the Summer 2021 program are now open!  
APPLY NOW. The deadline for submitting applications is May 16, 2021. Please review the information below before submitting an application.


Arts Mentors function as the “eyes and ears in the field,” and help administer the program by identifying any problems that might arise. They submit daily updates and document the program’s success. By providing guidance and support to high school TAP students, they serve as role models; therefore, they must be professional at all times and maintain high standards of personal conduct.

Ideal Candidates Are:

  • Creative and flexible
  • Interested in learning about how to teach art
  • Comfortable presenting and speaking in front of groups
  • Committed to serving as a mentor to high school students
  • Well organized.

Program Details:

  • Studio Arts Mentors earn $17/hour.
  • 2021 Studio Arts Mentors assist with the Teen Apprenticeship Program training from May 1 until the end of June. In the spring, Studio Arts Mentors may work up to 20 hours per week.
  •  On June 21 Mentors begin a five-day intensive training to prepare them for their supervisory and teaching assignments.
  • The 2021 Studio Arts Mentors summer program runs from June 21 to August 20. Arts Mentors work from 30 to 35 hours per week during the summer.
  • The week of July 6, Mentors begin their oversight responsibilities of the high school students through virtual sessions held on Zoom or Google Meets.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Mentoring high school art instructors
  • Hosting and co-teaching art classes with teen artist instructors
  • Assisting the artists by preparing materials and modeling teaching skills for teens
  • Managing administrative reports and record keeping (e.g., conducting student observations, reviewing lesson plans and video lesson clips, reporting to supervisors and artist instructors, and approving weekly timesheets)
  • Documenting the program by drafting social media online posts and photographing students teaching in summer camps creating art
  • Completing a final program report.

Financial Aid Qualifications :
(Applicants who do not meet the following qualification will not be considered for an interview.)

  • Students should have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the most recent academic year.
  • Their Student Aid Report (SAR) must indicate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,000 or less.
  • Candidates must submit their SAR as a PDF along with their cover letter, resume, and transcript.

Applicants must be:

  • A declared Studio Art major or BFA student
  • A full-time undergraduate student, currently a sophomore or junior
  • Eligible to work in the United States without a visa
  • Residents of New York City or currently attending a school in NYC.

Applications for the Summer 2021 program are now open!  
APPLY NOW. The deadline for submitting applications is May 16, 2021. Please review the information below before submitting an application.

To learn more, email Chris Williams at: jcwilliams@studioinstitute.org.