The Arts Workforce Initiative (AWI) is designed to provide internship opportunities for Connecticut college students, emerging professionals and military veterans at Connecticut not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations.
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
- 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)
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 able to accommodate an intern or interns
- Be committed to ensuring that the intern or interns complete(s) the required 250 hours
- 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.
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.
Contact Adriane Jefferson at 860-500-2328 or via email.
AWI Pilot in FY17:
Last year, during the pilot phase of the Arts Workforce Initiative, twelve (12) individuals successfully completed internships with the following organizations:
Hartbeat Ensemble, 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: PDF