Studio Arts Mentors

A Paid Summer Internship for College Students
New York City

The Studio Arts Mentors program is a paid internship for undergraduate Studio Art majors, which provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience teaching and working with high school students. There is a strict Financial Aid Qualification for this program. Students should have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the most recent academic year, and their Student Aid Report (SAR) must indicate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,000 or less.

In the spring, Studio Arts Mentors assist an experienced teaching artist to implement an apprenticeship program for high school students (ages 15–18) who are learning to teach visual art to children in New York City camps. Mentors shadow the teaching artist for three to four classes to learn about effective art instruction and lesson plan writing. Mentors will document apprenticeship training classes by taking photos, videos, and writing a detailed synopsis of the class, activities, and learning process. They also help supervise high school students on field trips to museums and galleries and learn to facilitate discussions about arts learning and engagement.

Watch the 2019 Teen Apprenticeship Program video.


In the summer, Arts Mentors help support and guide the teen apprentices as well as co-teach art classes in the summer camps. Arts Mentors are the “eyes and ears in the field,” and help administer the program by identifying problems as they arise, submit daily updates, and document the program’s success. By providing guidance and support to the high school students, Arts Mentors serve as role models. Therefore, they are expected to be professional at all times and maintain high standards of personal conduct.

The ideal candidate for this program is:

  • 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
  • The 2020 Studio Arts Mentors assist with the teen apprenticeship program training from February 29 until the end of June. In the spring, Studio Arts Mentors can work up to 20 hours per week.
  •  The 2020 Studio Arts Mentors summer program runs from June 22 to August 4. In the summer, Arts Mentors work 30–35 hours per week
  • On June 22 Mentors begin a five-day intensive training to prepare them for their supervisory and teaching assignments.
  • During the week of July 6, Mentors begin their oversight responsibilities of the high school students at camps located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan. (Start dates vary by camp.)
  • The program includes intensive studio art instruction, possible field trips to local art schools and/or museums, and practice teaching sessions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Mentoring high school art instructors
  • Teaching art classes at summer camps
  • Supervising site visits to camps in Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan
  • Assisting the artists by preparing materials and modeling clean-up procedures for students
  • Managing administrative reports and record keeping (e.g., student observations, weekly timesheet approvals)
  • Documenting the program by drafting social media online posts and photographing students teaching in summer camps creating art
  • Completing a written final report

Program Eligibility:
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 New York City.

Financial Aid Qualification:
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 will submit their SAR as a PDF document along with their cover letter, resume, and transcript. Students who do not meet this qualification will not be considered for an interview.

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

To learn more, email Chris Williams at: