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BEXAR COUNTY ARTS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Program Overview:

In 2013, Bexar County Commissioners Court, established an internship program for local nonprofit arts organizations. The annual Intership program  provides one paid internship to an undergraduate student to assist with seasonal or special projects to each of the ten organizations that are selected each year.   

A panel of ArtsFund and Bexar County representatives select the 10 organizations for participation in the program based on the organizations’ specific activity the intern would be involved in, effect or value of the activity to the organization, and the ability of the organization to carry out the program/activity.

Selected organizations then receive a grant to pay the interns. Currently enrolled undergraduate college students, who are Bexar County residents, are eligible to apply directly to selected organizations each year for a Summer Internship.

The internship program is for 10 weeks and is to give undergraduate students meaningful on the job training and experience working with a nonprofit arts organization and foster future leaders and advocates for the arts sector in Bexar County. Selected students will develop a closer understanding of how the arts benefit their community along with real world applications of business skills that can be applied to their careers.

The 2018 Summer Internship program details will be sent out January 12, 2018.

The announcement of the 10 arts organizations selected for the 2018 summer internship will be on or about February 26, 2018.

Selected organizations will begin accepting intern applications from students on or about March 5, 2018.

"I was given many interesting tasks and projects throughout the summer, including: creating postcard advertisements in Photoshop promoting the Magik's Early Childhood programs, contacting vendors at La Villita to coordinate their involvement in the theatre production, Shakespeare in the Park: Renaissance on the River event happening in September, representing the theatre at education conferences and fairs, and contacting many large businesses to discuss their sponsorship with the theatre. I have to say, the thing that struck me the most about my work experience this summer, was that I had learned how to do most of what I was asked to do in school. There were a lot of "wait, I actually know how to do this!" moments that were funny to me, but also reassuring to me. "

Brennan Loy, 2015 Summer Internship at Magik Children's Theatre

Program Overview:

Bexar County Commissioners Court, established an arts internship program for local nonprofit arts organizations, to provide one paid internship to an undergraduate student to assist with seasonal or special projects. Ten organizations will be selected to receive a grant to pay the interns. The program will be open to currently enrolled undergraduate college students who are Bexar County residents, attending a college or university in Bexar County or attending a college outside of the county as long as the student is a resident of Bexar County and can show proof of same. Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree or higher are not eligible.  

2017 Selected Arts Organizations

Congratulations to the 10 arts organizations that were selected to participate in the Arts Internship program for the summer of 2017. 

Artpace 

Centro Cultural Aztlan  

Children's Chorus of San Antonio 

Classic Theatre 

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center 

Inspire Community Fine Arts Center 

The Playhouse    

SA Film Festival    

SAY Si 

Texas Public Radio 

And the Arts Interns that were selected by the chosen organizations were:

Artpace  Joshua Baize Yale University

Centro Cultural Aztlan   Isabela Vasquez St. Mary's University

Children's Chorus of San Antonio  Jorge M. Garza University of Texas at Austin

Classic Theatre  Renelle Wilson Boston University College of Fine Arts

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center   Kristel Orta Puente  San Antonio College

Inspire Community Fine Arts Center  Gabriela Betancourt University of the Incarnate Word

The Playhouse     Gabriel A. Guajardo San Antonio College /UT Austin

SA Film Festival  Sierra Gonzalez University of Texas at Austin SAY Si 

Texas Public Radio  Adrian Carner de Teresa UTSA

2017 Arts Interns with Judge Nelson Wolff

Arts Organization Eligibility:

All arts organizations with not-for-profit 501- (c) 3 status, having a working board of directors, in operation for over 5 years, and remaining a financially viable organization, as determined by a review of financial documents will be eligible to apply. Organizations are selected for this program based primarily on a comprehensive, specific and detailed explanation of the work assignments/projects that their selected Intern will be given and the ability of the organization to carry out the program/activity.

After review of applications, ten organizations are selected a by a panel of ArtsFund and Bexar County representatives to participate in the program. Participating organizations then provide an internship application on their web site. Prospective students will access the application directly from the arts organization.  Additionally, student applicants will be directed to the organization’s site through a link on theArtsFund web site. Proposals will be reviewed February 13 - 17, 2017.   Selected organizations receive a $3,500 internship award. 

Email notice went out to arts organizations January 11, 2017. 

Guidelines, requirements, and instructions:  Bexar County Arts Internship 2017 Guidelines

Application was due before February 10, 2017 deadline to qualify for consideration.

Selection was announced February 20, 2017.

Selected organizations  begin  accepting intern applications from students March 1, 2017.



2016 Selected Arts Organizations

Congratulations to the 10 arts organizations selected to participate in the Arts Internship program for the summer of 2016. 

Artpace  selected Carlos Lewis from Texas State University

ARTS San Antonio selected Alexandra Flores from UTSA

Centro Cultural Aztlan selected Maria M. Garza Martinez from St. Mary's University

Cactus Pear selected selected Sara Briggs from University of Texas at San Antonio

Children's Chorus of San Antonio selected Elizabeth Surovic from Texas A & M 

Classic Theatre selected Tyler Dudley from St. Mary's University

Gemini Ink selected Robert J. Cavazos from UNiversity of Incarnate Word

San Antonio Chorale Society selected David Lloyd from San Antonio College

San Antonio Symphony selected Natalie Piazzi from University of Texas at San Antonio

YOSA selected Isaac Schutz from Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

2015 List of Selected Organizations 

Artpace  selected Amada Miller, from SW School of Art BFA

Centro Cultural Aztlan selected Alyssa Fuentes, from St. Mary's University

Children's Chorus of SA selected Austin James Hearn, from UTSA

Classic Theatre selected Katie Farrell, from Trinity University

San Anto Cultural Arts selected Sabrina M. Alfaro, from Northwest Vista

The Magik Theatre selected Brennan Loy, from UTSA

TPR(Texas Public Radio) selected Miranda Whitus, from Bard College

Woodlawn Theatre  selected Francesca Breig, from Texas Tech

YOSA selected Serena Davis,  from Rice University

SAY Si  selected Madalin Beavers,  from  UT Austin


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