Internships in the Arts

Explore career pathways in the arts through a Stanford-sponsored internship

Stanford offers a number of programs that support experiential learning and career pathways in the arts. Programs fall into two categories:

  • Self-designed: An unpaid internship at a community partner identified by the applicant. Students can apply to one of many Stanford programs for stipend funding to cover living costs during the placement.
  • Pre-arranged: An internship at a community partner identified by the sponsoring campus program. These opportunities include stipend funding to cover living costs during the placement.


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.

Student Opportunities

Self-Designed Internships in the Arts

The following programs use a common application. Students can apply for one self-designed arts internship in 2020-21.

Stanford Internships in Arts Administration (SIPA)

Stanford Internships in Arts Administration (aka SIPA) provides invaluable experience to Stanford students interested in pursuing careers as arts professionals in various aspects of administration, production, and management through self-designed placements. These 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.

SIPA is administered by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts.

Part of the Cardinal Quarter program

Lyric McHenry Community Arts Fellowship (CAF)

Lyric McHenry Fellows have the opportunity to spend a summer working full-time in the areas of curating, presenting, outreach and/or arts education with a focus on racial/social justice issues. Fellows may work in the United States or abroad. Applicants must propose their own placements with organizations with whom they have corresponded before the application deadline.

This fellowship is administered by the Institute for Diversity in the Arts and the Haas Center for Public Service.

Part of the Cardinal Quarter program

Pre-Arranged Internships in the Arts

An internship at a community partner identified by the sponsoring campus program.

Global Studies Internships

The Stanford Global Studies (SGS) Division offers Stanford students an opportunity to extend classroom learning to immersive, cultural and professional experiences through the Global Studies Internship Program.

The following arts-related opportunities are available for summer 2020:

  • Gaiety School of Acting-National Theater School of Ireland (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Gagosian Gallery (Paris, France)
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia)
  • teamLab (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Lalela (Cape Town, South Africa)

Part of the Cardinal Quarter program

Museums @ Stanford

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford offers opportunities for students to work on special projects throughout the academic year and summer.

The Anderson Collection offers paid internships for students throughout the academic year and summer.

Stanford Live

Stanford Live offers paid internships throughout the academic year and summer, as well as seasonal positions in Bing Concert Hall and Frost Amphitheater.

Other Summer Opportunities in the Arts

Other Stanford Opportunities

The following programs are administered by Stanford departments/programs and offer pre-arranged and self-designed paid summer opportunities.

National Arts Internship Programs

The following programs are administered by arts organizations throughout the United States and offer paid summer internship opportunities.

Information for Community Partners

Thank you for your interest in posting an arts-related opportunity for Stanford students. Our students have a wide variety of interests and skills and a real desire to make an impact. The Office of the Vice President for the Arts seeks to connect students with work in the community that provides them with a valuable educational experience while meeting a real community need.

There are a number of ways to share your opportunity with students:

  • Post internships for current students, as well as part- and full-time jobs for graduating students, through Handshake (the job posting platform used by Stanford) and Idealist.
  • Place an ad in the Stanford Daily, Stanford's student newspaper.

The Community Service Work-Study program allows students who are required to work as part of their financial aid package to work in community organizations and government agencies. This program is available to students during the academic year and in the summer. Students participating in this program during the school year generally work 5–15 hours per week and in the summer may work up to full-time. Ninety percent of the student's hourly salary is paid by federal work-study funds and Stanford University. For more information, contact Yvette Zepeda.

Full-time Immersive Experiences (Cardinal Quarter)

Cardinal Quarter provides support for students to pursue full-time (35 hours per week), quarter-long (at least 9 consecutive weeks) service experiences. Students are awarded stipends by Stanford University to cover living, transportation and summer earnings expenses (the amount varies based on expenses and financial aid level). Most, but not all, students pursue these experiences in the summer.

Currently Stanford offers the following arts-related Cardinal Quarter programs:

Please complete this form to be included in our Arts Connections list. Interested students will be encouraged to contact you if they have additional questions or want to pursue the opportunity. In order to receive a fellowship award, the student will need to complete a fellowship application and provide more detailed information from the host organization and direct supervisor.