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Palmdale,Ca. The LA County Arts Internship Program (AIP) will provide 228 university and community college students with paid on-the-job experience in the arts at over 150 nonprofit organizations starting this summer. Applications for interested students are open now.

The AIP is the largest paid summer internship program in the US. Now in its 23rd year, more than 2,500 students have accessed the LA County arts and culture field through the program, which places interns in nonprofit performing, presenting, literary, and municipal arts organizations. Its companion program, the Getty Marrow Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program, provides internships to museums and visual arts organizations.

AIP interns build their professional skills and connections while completing projects in education, marketing, graphic design, fundraising, production, and more. Host organizations, which range in budget size, include nonprofits focusing on artistic disciplines including theater, dance, multimedia, film, and social justice through the arts.

"The Arts Internship Program is a win-win. For the college students, it’s a paid summer job and an incredible entryway into our local creative economy. For our arts and culture nonprofits, many of which are still reeling from COVID-19 impacts, the interns will be a source of support and sustainability during a summer that’s going to be crucial to the sector’s recovery," said Board of Supervisors Chair, Janice Hahn.

"For thousands of diverse young people, including many who face barriers to creative jobs in LA County, the Arts Internship Program provides salaries, real-world experience and job skills, and pathways to creative careers," said Kristin Sakoda, Director of the Department of Arts and Culture. "Our evaluation tells us again and again of the program’s transformational power, both in its hands-on approach to leadership training and in its cohort model, which encourages peer networking and support among next generation arts leaders."

Applications for the program are now open. Any current undergraduate students, as well as students graduating between May 1, 2023 - December 1, 2023 are eligible to apply. All applicants must be currently enrolled in a community college or four-year university. Applicants must also be residents of or attending schools that are located in Los Angeles County, and they cannot be previous AIP participants. Eligible students of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Students who wish to apply may do so by identifying the opportunities they are interested in at, and applying directly to those host organizations. Positions will be launched at the beginning of each month starting in April through July of 2023. Interested students are encouraged to continue checking our website for the most up to date and available positions.

About the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture

The mission of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture is to advance arts, culture, and creativity throughout Los Angeles County. It provides leadership, services, and support in areas including grants and technical assistance for nonprofit organizations, countywide arts education initiatives, commissioning and care for civic art collections, research and evaluation, access to creative pathways, professional development, free community programs, and cross-sector creative strategies that address civic issues. For more information, visit


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