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Bloomberg Arts Internship

Through the Bloomberg Arts Internship program, students gain familiarity and comfort with workplace etiquette, improve verbal and written communication skills, explore cultural assets in our city, develop critical life and work skills, and prepare to apply and transition into college. In addition, the program aims to encourage a more equitable and diverse range of staff and audiences among cultural institutions, while instilling in the students an understanding and appreciation of the important civic contributions of arts and culture.

Who can apply to take part in this program?

  • Rising high school seniors from Baltimore City Public Schools
    (36 students will be selected to participate)
  • Baltimore-based arts and cultural institutions

The program will challenge and inspire students and build strong career skills while providing:

  • meaningful work experience and special projects in arts administration through a placement at an arts/cultural institution
  • behind-the-scenes tours and presentations at arts organizations
  • the chance to see/hear/talk about works of art in various arts disciplines, including visual art, music, theatre, dance, design, film/video, technology
  • guidance and support with college applications

An important update about application requirements

For the application, we do ask for your school transcript OR report card AND attendance records to complete your application.

However, we understand that it might be difficult for you to get those right now due to school closures. If you can’t get in touch with your school counselor OR your school does not have a counselor, you can fill out this form and reach a “virtual counselor” who can help.

If you are still unable to get them, please do your best to report your grades as you remember them right now. Once it is possible to retrieve those documents, we will ask you to share them with us.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies

Unique among todayʼs leading philanthropists, Mike Bloomberg has run both a multi-billion-dollar company — Bloomberg LP, a technology company he founded in 1981 — and one of the worldʼs largest cities. His entrepreneurial spirit, public-policy experience, and belief in the power of cities to drive solutions to pressing global problems define Bloomberg Philanthropiesʼ approach to making the world a better place.

Bloomberg Philanthropies focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: public health, environment, education, government innovation, and arts & culture. These five areas encompass the issues Mike Bloomberg and his team are most passionate about, and where they believe the greatest good can be achieved. While Bloomberg Philanthropies works on a wide range of issues within each focus area, they apply a distinctive approach to all of our undertakings. Learn more.

About the Bloomberg Arts Internship Program

In 2012, Bloomberg Philanthropies created the Bloomberg Arts Internship program in New York City as a pipeline for public school students to college and careers. It is a rigorous program with three major elements: a six-week paid placement and project working day-to-day in an arts organization; visits to arts and cultural organizations; and professional development. This program’s success led the foundation to expand its reach, first to students in Philadelphia, and now in Baltimore City.

Enriching summer experiences can have a big impact on a student development. By connecting students with enriching summer internships at local arts organizations, Bloomberg Philanthropies is working to give young residents the tools they need to excel in high school, college, and beyond.


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