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Find your creative future!


Thursdays 4-5:30 pm  •  February 13 - April 30, 2020 (11 weeks)  •  Pop-up Exhibition May 1, 2020

The Art + Action Lab Teen Internship is a paid internship where high school students get an inside look at many different careers in the arts while working one on one with creative mentors to develop their individual art practice.

Interns will hear from guest artists and go on field trips to museums, art galleries and creative workspaces to discover the inner workings of the arts industry. The internship offers many opportunities to meet with various professionals to gain valuable insight into different creative career paths. Emphasis is placed on networking and how to develop professional relationships that will help bring interns closer to their creative futures.

Interns will also work with creative mentors from various disciplines including studio art, graphic design, fashion design, industrial design, art history, performance and arts administration to develop an individual art project that address personally significant issues and interests. Mentors will provide focused and tailored support, sharing tips, techniques and ideas to help each intern grow creatively and professionally.


Applications are now closed. Please check back April 2020 for applications for the Summer 2020 Art + Action Lab Teen Internship. 


What You'll Be Doing:

  • Gain hands-on experience with a professional creative process.
  • Practice creative problem solving and learn how to leverage creative skills in a professional setting.
  • Meet guest artists, go on field trips to meet creative professionals and get behind-the-scenes access to learn about diverse creative careers.
  • Network with creative professionals and build community with creative peers.
  • Build relationships with local artists, arts institutions and workspaces.
  • Work with creative mentors to develop an individual creative project to be shown during the May 2020 First Friday Art Walk on in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe.


Who Should Apply: High school students in grades 9-12 interested in creative careers who want to build connections with a creative community of peers and professionals. Applicants must be able to dedicate time to fully participate in the 11-week program.  


Application Requirements: Application, Meet and Greet, Individual Interview 


Stipend: Interns will earn a $200 stipend upon full participation in the program.


Important Dates:

  • Application Opens: November 8, 2019
  • Application Deadline: December 9, 2019
  • Meet & Greet for Applicants: December 13, 2019
  • Applicant Interviews: December 16-20, 2019
  • Applicant Notifications: January 6, 2020
  • Start Day: February 13, 2020
  • Program Dates: Thursdays 4-5:30 pm • February 13 - April 30, 2020
  • Pop-Up Exhibition: Friday, May 1, 2020



Who can apply? Students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 for the 2019-2020 academic year may apply


Who should apply?  Ideal candidates are teens who are engaged, curious, collaborative and are interested in exploring what they want to do with their future. An interest in the arts or creative fields is strongly encouraged.


Do I need to be an artist to apply? No! Any teen who is interested in broadly exploring the arts is encouraged to apply. Acceptance decisions are not based on artistic experience or ability and portfolios/work samples are not required.


Is there an application fee? No! It is free to apply. The online application takes 10-20 minutes to complete. 


When will I know if I was accepted into the internship? All applicants will be notified the week of January 6, 2020. Applicants will be notified by the Education Program Manager via email.