Summer Internship Program in Arts Administration


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.

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.

This program is administered by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts.


Sabrina Wilensky
Manager of Grants and Programs
Office of the Vice President for the Arts

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: disability.access@stanford.edu.

Summer 2019 Program Timeline

  • December 2018: Preliminary list of Summer 2019 opportunities published online
  • January 8, 2019: Application Opens
  • January 18, 2019 @ 12:30: Info Session
  • February 7, 2019 @ 11:59pm (Pacific): Application deadline
  • February 19, 2019: All applicants notified of their current status (moved ahead to interviews or not selected)
  • mid Feb/early March 2019: Organizations interview top candidates.
  • early/mid-March 2019: Finalists notified. (This date is subject to the partner organization’s internal decision-making timeline.)
    • Finalists will have up to 5 business days to accept/decline an internship offer

Each applicant may apply for one SIPAA opportunity. 

Summer 2019 Opportunities

Eligibility and Funding

  • Open to all current Stanford undergraduates, including graduating seniors. Students who have begun their coterm programs are not eligible to apply.
    • Please note that some internships may only be open to current juniors and seniors (this will be noted in the internship description)
  • SIPAA 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 $6,000 for the summer, plus financial aid if needed.
    • For international students: Stipend will be paid through Stanford. Contact the Bechtel Center to review any additional paperwork/authorizations that may be required in order to participate.

How to Apply

All applications must include the following:

  • Basic applicant info (Name, SUID#, Stanford email, major/program)
  • Resume (as a PDF)
  • Cover letter (as a PDF)
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Name of a reference who can speak to your professional qualifications; letters are not required. (We may contact your reference in certain cases and they should be prepared to write/speak on your behalf should the need arise.)

Each applicant may apply for one SIPAA opportunity. 

Program Info & Resources

Other Stanford Summer Opportunities in the Arts

SIPAA is just one of the programs at Stanford through which you can complete a summer internship in the arts. Check out these other opportunities offered through some of our campus partners, including: Stanford Global Studies, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Cantor Arts Center, BEAM, and Haas.