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Explore careers in the arts!


The Creative Industries Internship is a three week, pre-professional internship where high school students get an inside look at many different careers in the arts. Interns go on field trips to museums, art galleries and studios to discover the inner workings of the arts industry and meet with various professionals to gain valuable insight into diverse creative career paths. Interns will also explore unique, unconventional art making materials and techniques in the CVA studio while creating work to present to a panel of creative industry professionals. Emphasis is placed on networking and how to create professional relationships that will bring interns closer to their creative futures.


In a safe, supportive space that encourages curiosity, interns will work together to create new art work and engage in professional development including a professional roundtable, a college readiness workshop and team building activities. The Creative Industries Internship is part of a wide-array of educational programming offered by the Center for Visual Art that supports workforce development and engagement with contemporary urban issues.


The 2019 Creative Industries Internship application process is now closed. Please check back next spring to apply for the 2020 session.


What You'll Be Doing:

  • Work in teams to respond to an RFP to create an interactive performance piece working with costume design, set design and graphic design.
  • Gain hands-on experience with a professional creative process.
  • Practice creative problem solving and learn how to leverage creative skills in a professional setting.
  • Go on multiple field trips to meet creative professionals and get behind-the-scenes access to learn about diverse art careers and gain exposure to several creative fields.
  • Network with creative professionals and community building with creative peers. 
  • Build relationships with local artists, arts institutions and collectives.

Meet & Work with:

Directors, Producers, Visual Artists, Performance Artists, Musicians, Muralists, Photographers, Curators, Art Installers, Dancers, Designers and Museum Professionals.

Go Behind the Scenes At:

Denver Center for Performing Arts, Museum of Nature and Science, RiNo Arts District, Santa Fe Arts District, Denver Arts and Venues, Clyfford Still Museum, Metropolitan State University of Denver Art Department, Center for Visual Art




Who can apply? Students entering 9-12 grades for the 2019-2020 academic year may apply. Students who just finished 12 grade may also apply.


Who should apply?  Ideal candidates are teens who are engaged, curious, collaborative and are interested 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 to the Creative Industries Internship. The application is simple, can be completed online and takes about 20 minutes to complete.


When will I know if I was accepted into the internship? All applicants will be notified the week of April 22, 2019.


Is there any cost associated with participating? Students are responsible for bringing their own lunch and getting themselves to and from CVA each day. CVA is located near the 10th and Osage light rail stop and RTD passes are available. Snacks are provided throughout the day and all field trip transport is covered. All art supplies will be provided as well.



"This was a month long professional and career building experience. Through working with the CVA and Goodwill I was able to expand my networks and career opportunities, which will be key in my professional future."


 "This is not merely a great opportunity for youth, but especially in my son's case, the program has allowed him to expand his creative talent and takes significant steps that impact his development and provide tools to raise above his challenges, all in a wonderfully supportive environment."