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.

(Applications for the 2021 program are now closed. Check back in January 2022 to learn about TAP 2022.)

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, 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. This year, for the first time, ten teen interns from the summer 2020 program continued teaching online during the 2020–21 school year. Learn more. They assisted in the virtual training of the new apprentices, coaching them on how to write and produce art lessons to create engaging online classes. 

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. The three new cohorts will debut a new series of online art lessons starting the week of July 6 and running through August 12.

The free Zoom classes in drawing, collage, and painting will be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons at the following times: Children in K–Grade 2 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; children in Grades 3–5 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Click here to register.


Take a look at art lesson videos created by TAP participants last summer.
See more video lessons presented by our teen artists.
Questions about TAP? Email: jcwilliams@studioinstitute.org