Internships

The future of St. Louis arts and culture is in your hands.

The Regional Arts Commission is always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who want to learn more about supporting the arts. As a RAC intern, you will develop professional skills, network and have a real role in shaping our community. Our interns come from a variety of fields, including but not limited to art history, marketing, graphic design, political science, business, visual art, anthropology, nonprofit management and arts administration. Their common bond is the desire to make a positive difference in our region.

RAC Internships

RAC internships typically cover a semester (about 14-18 weeks) but can last up to a year. Interns will work closely with their direct supervisor, and will have the opportunity to become integrally involved in all aspects of RAC operations. RAC accepts applications from college students, recent graduates, and college graduates that are considering arts administration as a career. Internships are available on a rolling basis, and the number of positions available depends on the needs of the RAC staff at the time of application. We offer both full and part-time intern positions. Most positions are unpaid but interns may be eligible to earn academic credit towards their major or graduation requirements. RAC offers several types of internships in the following areas: Communications, Grants, Community Arts, Project Management, and Research.

To apply for an internship with the Regional Arts Commission, please complete the application and include the following information:

  • Your résumé
  • Your cover letter
  • Your completed writing assessment (download the info sheet here)

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Katherine Dunham Internship

RAC is proud to offer the Katherine Dunham Internship annually for the spring semester, which provides a stipend of $2500. Named in honor of the dancer, choreographer and activist, the Katherine Dunham Internship was created and is funded by Sara and Jack Burke to give African Americans an opportunity to explore, gain experience in and be mentored in the field of arts administration to later find employment and achieve success working at cultural institutions. The purpose of the Katherine Dunham internship is: 1) to provide opportunities for individuals who currently are under-represented in the field of arts administration to gain experience in a number of different arts administration areas, and 2) to develop the pool of outstanding minority arts administration professionals.

Applicants for the Katherine Dunham Internship must meet the following qualifications:

  • African American college students or college graduates. (High school students will not be considered)
  • Applicants may come from any academic discipline, not just the arts
  • Those with a genuine interest to work for a cultural institution (dance organizations, museums, theaters, symphonies, performing arts centers, etc.)
  • Must be able to work 300 hours between January and May during normal Regional Arts Commission business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To apply for the Katherine Dunham Internship, please complete the application and include the following information:

  • Your résumé
  • Your cover letter
  • A letter of reference from a professor or a recent employer
  • A 250-300 word essay answering the question: “Why are you interested in arts administration and how will this internship help you achieve your goals?” Please include within your essay answer what it is about Katherine Dunham that has inspired you to apply for this internship

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