SIPA – Application Resources

Interested in finding an internship in the arts and/or applying to SIPA?
The following resources can help you through the process.

Preparing Your SIPA Application

Find and Secure an Eligible Internship

Students propose their own placements with organizations with which they have corresponded before the application deadline and effectively demonstrate that their intended partner organization has the need, interest and capacity to work with a SIPA intern. Start this process early!

  • The first place to start your search is Handshake. You can even search by keyword and set up alerts for when new opportunities are posted.
  • We've compiled a list of arts and cultural organizations that meet the requirements for Cardinal Quarter opportunities (such as SIPA and CAF). This list is updated regularly as new organizations come to our attention. You can filter the list by region and arts category. Some of the organizations listed already offer paid internships. You are not limited to eligible organizations on this list.
  • Read through the opportunities featured in the ArtsUpdate, our weekly student arts newsletter.
  • This list contains some SIPA-eligible highlights from Handshake curated by our team.

Arts Job & Internship Toolkit

Additional resources and templates specific to jobs & internships in the arts are available on our Toolkit website.

Crafting Your SIPA Resume

Resumes tell the story of your education and accomplishments. You may need to tailor the format and content of your resume depending on how it will be used (e.g. focusing on artistic achievements when applying for project grants, highlighting leadership experience when applying to administrative opportunities, etc.)

For SIPA internships we recommend using a hybrid resume format. This style blends your academic, administrative/leadership, and artistic experiences into one document.

Writing Your SIPA Personal Statement

The personal statement questions are your opportunity to express why you are interested in this particular fellowship experience. The selection committee is interested in both your personal and academic reasons for applying to this program. Be specific in your responses to the questions, yet succinct.

  • Think of your personal statement as your cover letter. It should speak directly to why you want to work for this specific position at this particular organization for each of your proposed host organizations.
    • Carefully review the organization's website. Pay particular attention to the mission statement, history, and program pages.
  • 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.

1:1 Advisors

Need additional help with your resume or finding a host organization? Connect with one of the many Stanford staff members who can meet with you 1:1.

Sabrina Wilensky 2018


Sabrina Wilensky (she/her)
Manager of Grants and Programs
Office of the Vice President for the Arts