The Summer Internship Program in Arts Administration (SIPAA) provides invaluable experience to Stanford students interested in pursuing careers as arts professionals in various aspects of administration, production, and management. Internships give students an opportunity to step outside the classroom and build a set of skills applicable in their careers as artists, administrators, and future leaders.
Internships generally last approximately nine weeks and are full-time positions of at least 35 hours per week. Students will receive a base stipend of $5,000 for the summer, plus financial aid if needed up to $6,100. Internships are open to current Stanford undergraduates. Graduating seniors ARE eligible to apply.
The internships with arts non-profits are some of more than 450 Cardinal Quarter opportunities through which Stanford students pursue a full-time summer or quarter-long public service experience with Stanford support.
If you need a disability-related accommodation and/or need to receive any internship information/application in alternate format, please contact the Diversity & Access Office at, at phone: (650) 725-0326 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is administered by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts.
Summer 2018 Program Timeline
December 2017—Stanford Arts launches the Summer Internship Program in Arts Administration for Summer 2018.
January 2018— Info-session- a time to ask your questions about the application and program!
February 7, 2018—Application deadline. Stanford Arts begins application review process
March 2018—Top candidates are sent on to the organization and applicants find out if they have been moved ahead, waitlisted, or have not been selected
April 2018—Ideally, organization makes final decision, inform Stanford Arts , which then informs students by April 1st. This date is subject to the partner organization’s internal decision-making timeline.
I have already arranged an unpaid internship in the arts for this summer. Is Stanford Arts able to provide the same stipend for me?
Congratulations on your internship! At this time, however, we are only able to provide funding for internships that we have pre-arranged and that are administered through our program. Depending on your department, there may be some funding available for an unpaid internship. You might also consider looking into the different grants offered by the VPUE to see if any of them would be a good fit.
How many internships can I apply to through the Summer Internship Program in Arts Administration?
You may apply for up to two domestic SIPAA opportunities (including the Stanford/WMG Leadership Initiative, for eligible juniors.)
You will need to submit a separate application for each internship via the SlideRoom application portal. You will be given a link within your first choice application form for your second application.
You may additionally for the following in addition to the domestic SIPAA opportunities:
- up to two international arts internships through the Stanford Global Studies website
- the Community Arts Fellowship through the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA)
- the Cantor Arts Center Summer Internship Program
Are letters of recommendations required?
No, letters of recommendation are not required, though we do request that you provide the contact information for one professor or previous supervisor who has agreed to act as references. We may contact them in certain cases and they should be prepared to write on your behalf should the need arise.
Who may act as a reference?
References should come from professors or previous employers or supervisors who know you well. This can be from an on-campus job or organization.
Will more internships be added or is this the final group?
A few more internships may be added on a rolling basis as we are made aware of new opportunities. Feel free to continue checking the website.
When will I find out if I have been moved on in the process?
We will provide the top candidate applications to each partner organization in early March. Applicants will then be notified as to whether they have been moved on in the process, wait-listed, or not selected.
What is the wait-list?
The application review committee team reads and considers every application, choosing the top 2-3 to send on to the partner organization to interview. Sometimes, however, the organization asks us to recommend other well-qualified applicants, which is when we would draw from the wait-list.
I was told that my application was sent on to the organization but was never contacted for an interview. What happened?
While we strongly encourage our partner organizations to interview each of the top candidates we send to them, please keep in mind that they each have their own internal process and may find that they are satisfied with selecting a candidate based on the materials provided.
When will I find out if I have been selected?
We ask that the partner organizations make all of their final decisions by the end of March. You will hopefully find out no later than April 1.
What if I have an offer from another internship or opportunity but haven’t heard back from Stanford Arts yet?
If you have been interviewed by one of our partner organizations but have not heard back and need an answer by a specific date, you may politely email the person with whom you interviewed. Please keep in mind, however, that each organization has its own internal timeline and may not have made a final decision yet.
If you choose to take the other opportunity, please communicate your decision to both Stanford Arts and the partner organization.
Cover Letter & Resume Advice
- Your cover letter should speak directly to why you want to work for this specific position at this particular organization.
- Carefully review the organization's website. Pay particular attention to the mission statement, history, and program pages.
- Customize your cover letter and resume for each opportunity.
- Read the internship/fellowship description carefully and make a list of every quality or skill listed. Provide examples in your cover letter and resume of times you used those skills in related work.
- It doesn't have to be a direct connection--ex: if you didn't have experience working at a film company, you could list a class where you workshopped theater scripts or work you have you done that built related skills. Show you have the tool-belt to tackle the challenge.
- Provide context for your passion/enthusiasm for this particular industry and organization. How will this opportunity put you on track for your future goals?
- "I love film" isn't a strong point, but "I loved this film as part of this program of yours that relates to your mission and this is how this position with you which relates to my future goals" is better
- Proofread your application! Don't rely solely on spellcheck.
- Have a peer or BEAM Career Coach review your materials.
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