Arts Internship Award

The Office of the Arts awards stipends to support select undergraduate students taking unpaid internships in the arts. We will only accept applications during specified periods, depending on funding availability.

We are not currently offering internship awards. In order to be notified when an application period opens, sign up for our mailing list, or check back on this page.


Spring 2020 Arts Internship Award

Congratulations to the recipients of the Spring 2020 Arts Internship Award!

Lauren Hakimi
Observer Media, Editorial Intern, Arts & Culture

Megan Laureno  
Swann Auction Galleries, Prints and Drawings Department Intern

Janna McPartland
Take it to the Stage Films, Crowdfunding Campaign Intern

Jessie Sabatino
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Producing Intern

Leo Schnepf
Oscilloscope Films, Spring Intern

Kira Sterrett
Film Comment, Editorial Intern

About the Award:

Through the generous support of the Patty and Jay Baker Theatre Fund, stipends will be awarded to select Theatre majors taking unpaid theatre internships. Awardees will be selected by the Theatre Department faculty.  

Additional awards for undergraduate students taking unpaid internships in all other arts disciplines will be supported by the Hunter College Foundation.

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The Office of the Arts Summer Internship Award is truly critical to helping traditionally-disadvantaged students pursue opportunities that often come more easily to some of their peers; I think it would behoove other schools to offer a similarly-structured program, and I sense that this support system is lacking. My experience at the Whitney spurred me to become a more active participant in offering access to the arts to a wider population, and also to be more experimental when it comes to curating exhibitions.
Sila Ulug, 2016 Award Recipient, The Whitney Museum of American Art

2018 Summer Internship Award

In the summer of 2018, the Office of the Arts at Hunter awarded 12 undergraduate students from Hunter’s various arts departments who have taken full-time and part-time unpaid internships with arts institutions and companies. Hunter students interned with Dia: Beacon, Movement Research, Townsquare Media, Urban Word NYC, Roger Ross Williams, Summer Arts Institute, Hudson River Museum, The Rubin Museum of Art, Irondale Ensemble Project*, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater*, Women of Color Productions, Inc.*, Women Between Arts*, Dailey-Monda Management*.

*Supported by the Patty and Jay Baker Theatre Fund for theatre majors taking unpaid theatre internships.

Click here to read about OOA Award recipients’ internship experiences.

2017 Summer Internship Award

In the summer of 2017, the Office of the Arts at Hunter awarded 14 undergraduate students from Hunter’s various arts departments who have taken full-time and part-time unpaid internships with arts institutions and companies. Hunter students interned with Gibney Dance, The Rubin Museum of Art, Academy of American Poets, National Sawdust, Word Up Community Bookshop/Liberia Comuniteria, City Parks Foundation, Rising Sun Performance Company*, Boundless Theatre Company*, The Public Theater*, Women of Color Productions, Inc.*, Indo-American Arts Council*, and Society of the Educational Arts Inc./Teatro SEA*.

*Supported by the Patty and Jay Baker Theatre Fund for theatre majors taking unpaid theatre internships.

My experience at the Rubin Museum of Art as a PR and Marketing Intern certainly helped me in better understanding the museum industry and clarifying the career path I would like to take in the future. This was especially possible through the Hunter College Office of the Arts Grant, for without it, I would not have been able to continue working at the Rubin and truly understand all of the duties and intricacies of the position I was in.
Jenny Shin, 2017 Award Recipient, The Rubin Museum

My​ ​summer​ ​internship​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Academy​ ​of​ ​American​ ​Poets​ ​immersed​ ​me​ ​in​ ​a​ ​literary field​ ​that​ ​was​ ​previously​ ​unknown​ ​to​ ​me,​ ​provided​ ​me​ ​with​ ​essential​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​hands-on experience​ ​for​ ​a​ ​future​ ​career​ ​in​ ​the​ ​business​ ​of​ ​literature,​ ​helped​ ​me​ ​to​ ​foster​ ​professional growth​ ​and​ ​connections,​ ​and​ ​allowed​ ​me​ ​to​ ​be​ ​surrounded​ ​by​ ​and​ ​engaged​ ​with​ ​poetry​ ​even when​ ​it​ ​was​ ​not​ ​demanded​ ​of​ ​me​ ​by​ ​my​ ​college​ ​course​ ​load.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​a​ ​greater​ ​idea​ ​of​ ​the​ ​many paths​ ​I​ ​can​ ​take​ ​after​ ​graduation​ ​as​ ​a​ ​literature​ ​major,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​very​ ​positive​ ​perspective​ ​and​ ​sense of​ ​preparedness​ ​regarding​ ​the​ ​nonprofit​ ​world​ ​specifically.​
Sara Tabio, 2017 Award Recipient, Academy of American Poets


 2016 Summer Internship Award

In the summer of 2016, the Office of the Arts at Hunter awarded 13 undergraduate students from Hunter’s various arts departments who have taken full-time and part-time unpaid internships with arts institutions, casting companies, artists, and performance venues. Hunter students interned with Caparelliotis Casting, Telsey & Co. Casting, The Public Theater, North American Cultural Laboratory, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, TACT, The Brick Theater, The Wooster Group, the Whitney MuseumPi RecordingsEl Museo del Barrio, Storyville Entertainment, and with David Hamilton Thompson.

Overall my time at The Wooster Group has helped to shape my identity as a socially engaged experimental theater practitioner, to understand my relationship to the work I am currently making and plan for the career I must create after I graduate.
Ava Dweck, 2016 Award Recipient, The Wooster Group


2015 Summer Internship Award

In its inaugural year, Hunter’s Office of the Arts made awards to 15 undergraduate students studying in Hunter’s various arts departments who took unpaid internships with arts institutions, performance venues and artists during the summer of 2015. Hunter students interned with…The Martina Arroyo FoundationThe Drawing CenterFriends of Flutes Foundation ,The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and FoundationNew York Classical TheatreOpen Society FoundationsPerformance Space 122The Public Theater and Puppet Kitchen.

At the end of my internship, I was hired to become part of the staff as Manager of Visitor Services. I am now leading a team of three people and my current goal is to increase visitor attendance and raise awareness of The Drawing Center’s mission and as an institution.
Carlos Bernabe, 2015 Award Recipient, The Drawing Center

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