Teen Apprenticeship Program

Paid Summer Internships for Teens

Hear what TAP participants have to say about their experience in 2020.

The Teen Apprenticeship Program (TAP) is a dual spring apprenticeship and summer internship program for NYC public high school students age 16 and over that enables teens to improve their art-making skills, build career readiness, and obtain a paid summer internship teaching art to children.

Students earn their internship upon completing a 16-week apprenticeship on Saturdays. Apprentices engage in art making, participate in group discussions, learn how to write lesson plans, create pre-recorded videos, and practice teaching under the guidance of professional artists. Teen interns typically work 20–25 hours per week during the summer.

In 2020 and 2021, TAP teens worked collaboratively in production teams to create live online art lessons in collage, drawing, and painting, and taught them to children ages 5–12. The 64 teen apprentices who were selected for the summer 2021 program began their training in February, working virtually with artists and mentors to prepare for their internship. Throughout the summer, the teens presented Zoom art lessons in painting drawing, and collage.

This past year, for the first time, ten teen interns from the summer 2020 program continued teaching online during the 2020–21 school year. Learn more

Questions about the Teen Apprenticeship Program?
Contact us: TAP@studioinst.org
Check back in January 2022 to learn about TAP 2022.


Take a look at selected art lesson videos created by TAP participants.
See more video lessons presented by our teen artists.