In 2000, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established the Arts Internship Program to provide internships for nonprofit performing, presenting, literary and municipal arts organizations. This program is a companion program to the Getty Multicultural Internship Program which provides internships to museums and visual arts organizations.


The purpose of the County’s program is to provide undergraduate students with meaningful on-the-job training and experience working in nonprofit arts organizations, while assisting arts organizations and developing future arts leaders. Through this program, students develop a deeper understanding of the work involved in nonprofit arts administration, better understand the role of the arts in communities and develop “real life” business skills that can be put to use in their future careers.

During the ten week summer internships, participating organizations gain the assistance of a motivated student to help with special or seasonal projects. Participating organizations also play an important role in developing potential new leaders and advocates in the arts sector, who may go on to pursue careers in arts administration or take on board or volunteer responsibilities.

Combined, the Getty and County programs continue to provide the largest paid arts internship program in the United States, employing more than 200 undergraduate interns in arts organizations across LA County during the summer of 2014 alone.


Internship program applications are accepted annually each fall. Application information can be found at



The Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program provides 10-week paid summer internships (40 hours/week) to eligible undergraduate college students. Students are paid $400/week to work in nonprofit literary, performing and presenting arts organizations and municipal arts agencies throughout Los Angeles County. Interns also participate in additional educational components provided by the Arts Commission.


  • To be eligible to participate, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Enrolled in a community college, four-year college or university program, and have completed at least one semester by June 1, 2015.
  • Completed at least one semester of college by June 1, 2015 or will complete their undergraduate degree between May 1 – September 1, 2015 in order to be eligible to participate.
  • Proof of residency (state issued ID or driver license) and college transcripts are required.
  • Interested students are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the arts.
  • Students must either reside in Los Angeles County or attend school in Los Angeles County.
  • Candidates can be sought from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the arts. All college students regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply to participate in the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program. Students invited to participate in the program must provide a copy of their college transcripts verifying undergraduate enrollment.

Students who have previously participated in the Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program are not eligible to participate a second time.


This internship program takes place between June and August 2015. Interns will work for a specified ten-week period.


Students apply directly to the arts organization providing the internship by submitting a cover letter and resume. Available internships will be listed March 30, 2015 on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission web site at Interested students should apply as soon as positions are posted as there is stiff competition for a limited number of internships. 2015 LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARTS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM


For further information, visit the Arts Commission’s website or email:

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