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Summer Arts Internship Positions Available for High School Students

Arts InternshipAre you a high school student looking for a summer job? Do you enjoy the arts or want to know more about working in the arts? The Arts Internship Application is now open! There are 44 positions available with 12 different arts organizations for high school students who meet the eligibility requirements. Positions pay a minimum of $9.50 per hour.

The Arts Internship Program is a paid internship program that provides high school students with practical job experience in arts-related positions ranging from 40-400 hours over the summer. Interns explore the arts in an in-depth and applicable way while also gaining job skills.

Positions are available with the following organizations: Art Start, Artists Working in Education, ArtWorks for Milwaukee, Bembe Drum and Dance, Casa Romero Renewal Center, Lead2Change, Lynden. Inc., Milwaukee Repertory Theater, UW-Milwaukee/ArtsECO, Walnut Way Conservation Corps, Wild Space Dance Company, and Woodland Pattern Book Center.

Eligibility Requirements 

To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age at the start of work unless the hiring organization indicates that the position or positions are open to students who are 15 years of age or older
  • Be a high school equivalent student (or an out-going senior)
  • Be a resident of the city of Milwaukee OR currently enrolled in a MPS high school
  • Be available to work the internship schedule as determined by the organization and able to attend the mandatory trainings/events:
    • Training: Wednesday, June 16 | 2-4 p.m.
    • Final celebration: Thursday, Aug. 12 | 4-5 p.m.

How to Apply 

Read the internship descriptions and identify which opportunities are of interest to you. Next, complete and submit the following materials via our online application. You will be asked to upload your letter of interest and list of references later in the application and have a parent/guardian sign your application.

  • Arts Internship Student Application (the online application)
  • A letter of interest stating why you are interested in the specific internship (If you are applying for a second year, please specify what skills or projects you would like to expand on from last year.)
  • A list of 1-3 professional references, including name, relation to you, phone number, and email address (references can include teachers, mentors, coaches, etc.; not family members or friends)
  • Any other information requested by the organization

If you prefer to submit a paper application packet or have questions about the program, eligibility requirements or the application process, please contact April Heding (April [at] - When emailing our staff, please replace the "[at]" with a traditional "@" symbol. Ex:

Good luck through the entire process!


Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

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