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 $14.77 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 6, 2021)

  • 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)

2021 Applications
Coming Soon

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates for the internship?

The 2021 internship will run from Monday, May 31 to Friday, August 6.

How many hours is the internship?

The internship is intended to be a 40-hour work week. However, the interns will also be attending paid DITA Learning Requirement events over the course of the summer, totaling from 2.5 to 5 hours each week. Expect your intern to be in the office approximately 35 hours a week.

How will the interns be paid?

Host sites will be required to pay interns $14.77/hour as regular employees. Each host site will receive a grant from DITA based on their organization's full-time equivalent, covering some portion of the intern wages. Placing the intern on your payroll will also include payroll taxes which will vary from organization to organization.

How large will my organization's grant be?

The portion of the intern's wages covered by the grant is dependent on your organization's FTE. Please see the following scale:

1-3 FTEs will receive a grant of $5603
4-12 FTEs will receive a grant of $5058
13-20 FTES will receive a grant of $4158
Over 20 FTEs will receive a grant of $2908

What are the eligibility requirements for interns?

The program is open to students currently enrolled with at least one full year of college coursework completed and recent college graduates (Spring 2021). Students will need to have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, a background or demonstrated interest in the arts/culture, and a professional reference. Additionally, all of our interns will be from traditionally underrepresented communities in the arts (including race, disability, gender, etc.).

How will interns be placed with host organizations?

After reviewing the applications, our selection committee will conduct interviews with any applicants who we believe will be a good fit for the program. Interns will be matched with host entities based on the needs of the organization as well as the intern's personality. Each organization will have a chance to speak with the proposed intern, review their application, and request a different intern if it is deemed necessary. We will not be placing any interns that do not meet the needs/requirements of the host organization.

What if I can't attend orientation?

Host site orientation is mandatory for all participating organizations. At least one representative of your organization must be available to attend in order to be accepted into the program.

Past Host Sites


"Our intern was easy to work with, took initiative, helped with the smallest of tasks, and was an asset to CAE in the short time she was here."

—  Inga Kamis, Director of Exhibitions and Marketing

Center for the Arts Evergreen



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