Host an Intern

Investing in our Future

The future leadership of Colorado's arts & culture community has already arrived, now it is our chance to help them grow! By connecting these leaders to existing nonprofits, DITA provides an opportunity for their leadership to be nurtured, introduced to a thriving and dedicated community, and inspired to create an impact of their own. They bring a commitment to hard work, new ideas, and the same passion that nourishes the arts & culture community to their host sites in a mutually beneficial summer experience.


What Does Hosting an Intern Look Like?

All DITA host sites employ at least one intern for the 10-week duration of the program. In this capacity, host sites provide a working space for the intern (desk, cubicle, etc.), pay the intern as a regular employee no less than $15.87 an hour, and assign them tasks/duties that allow for hands-on experience in nonprofit work.

Interns are carefully selected from a pool of applicants by the DITA team and a portion of their wages is covered by the DITA program based on organization size. Interns will work no more than 40 hours a week, including approximately 5 hours of DITA learning requirement hours per week.

Host sites will be expected to complete two formal reports over the course of the program (guideline provided by DITA) as well as attend an orientation and an exit interview with the Program Administrator.


Eligibility Requirements

Participation in this program is only open to organizations that meet all of the following requirements:

  • Organizations located/based within Colorado

  • Charitable 501(c)(3) organizations

  • Organizations  with a focus on the arts and/or culture

  • Organizations with an FTE equal to or greater than 1

  • Organizations who can host an intern for the full 10-week duration of the program (May 31 - Aug 5, 2022)

  • Organizations who can provide a dedicated space for the intern to work including, but not limited to, a desk, chair, and computer (if necessary for their work).

2022 Applications
Closed November 24

Past Host Sites

Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Center for the Arts Evergreen
Denver Botanic Gardens
Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
RedLine Contemporary Art Center
Center for Visual Art
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
American Friends Service Committee
Newman Center - University of Denver
Curious Theatre Company
Central City Opera
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
2020 DITA Interns


"[Intern] Sierra was truly amazing. I was apprehensive about taking on a remote intern, and she performed above and beyond my expectations. She worked independently and diligently, was inventive but asked for help, and took feedback to heart. It was a pleasure watching her writing voice develop over the summer as well. She's got a really bright future, and we're excited to keep up with it!"

—  Genna Kohlhardt, Assistant Director of Adult Programs

Lighthouse Writers Workshop