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The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) has launched its 2018 Arts Workforce Initiative (AWI) which is designed to provide internship opportunities for Connecticut college students, emerging professionals and military veterans at Connecticut not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations. Twenty-eight (28) individuals will be placed with selected host organizations for a ten-week, paid internship starting June 4, 2018 through August 17, 2018.

To be eligible for an AWI Internship, individuals must:

  • Be a Connecticut resident 
  • Demonstrate a financial need 
  • Align with COA’s READI Framework 
  • Have availability to successfully complete the program: June 4, 2018 through August 17, 2018
  • Specialize in or wish to grow professionally in the following categories: arts administration, arts presenting/curating, media arts, performing arts, visual arts, arts education, and literary arts
  • Be enrolled in an accredited college or university OR be an emerging arts professional (for the “40 and Under” Category)
  • Be a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces (for the “Veterans in the Arts” Category)

Apply for an AWI Internship!

Applications must be received no later than midnight Sunday, April 8, 2018.

To be eligible as an AWI Host Organization, an organization must:

  • Be a not-for-profit Connecticut arts/cultural organization
  • Be able to provide an internship opportunity within the following categories:  arts administration, arts presenting/curating, media arts, performing arts, visual arts, arts education, and literary arts
  • Be able to provide a hands-on and engaging internship opportunity 
  • Be in alignment with and display an understanding of COA’s READI Framework
  • Be able to accommodate an intern or interns from June 4, 2018 through August 17, 2018
  • Be committed to ensuring that the intern or interns complete(s) the required 250 hours

Apply to be an AWI Host Organization!

Applications must be received no later than midnight Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Important Information:

  • The internship is for 25 hours per week for 10 weeks.
  • Selected host organizations will be granted $3,750 per intern and will pay the intern at the rate of $15 per hour. 
  • Interns will receive payment from the host organization where their internship will take place.
  • The internship must take place from June 4, 2018 through August 17, 2018. 

Reporting Requirements for Interns:

Interns will be required to submit a monthly report of their internship experience, including their work duties and internship milestones. All interns must have at least one (1) in-person check-in and at least one (1) monthly phone call with a COA staff member. In addition, interns will be required to attend a professional development session provided by COA during their AWI internship. 

Reporting Requirements for Host Organizations:

An AWI Host Organization will be required to submit a narrative explaining the duties and projects that the intern completed, a work schedule/timesheet that will serve as documentation that the intern completed the required 250 hours, a financial summary showing payment to intern, and supplemental documentation. 

Questions:

Contact Adriane Jefferson at 860-500-2328 or via email.

Due to the enormous success of the AWI pilot program in FY17, COA has committed to expanding the Arts Workforce Initiative in 2018. The number of interns has more than doubled from 12 to 28 and the application process is now open to all Connecticut not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations that can provide a hands-on and engaging internship opportunity in the arts.

Last year, during the pilot phase of the Arts Workforce Initiative, twelve (12) individuals successfully completed internships with the following organizations:

Hartbeat Ensemble, Hartford

TheaterWorks, Hartford

Neighborhood Studios, Bridgeport

The Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford

The Writer’s Block Ink, New London

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven

Expressiones, New London

The Amistad Center for Arts and Culture, Hartford

City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport

The Judy Dworin Performance Project, Hartford

The Autorino Center at St. Joseph’s College, West Hartford

View FY17 AWI Brochure

The Arts Workforce Initiative is funded by the Connecticut Office of the Arts

and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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