Intern with DITA
A Career in the Arts Starts Here
The Diversity in the Arts Internship Program (DITA) is set to help you get your foot in the door, your face in the crowd, and your career off the ground. DITA is building a cohort of diverse arts and culture interns that will learn from and support the many art and culture nonprofits who are committed to faithfully representing the diverse Denver metro community. Our program is a long-term approach to inclusiveness and equity that will not only welcome diverse students but greatly enhance the overall health of all of our art and culture organizations for everyone.
What Does Interning with DITA Look Like?
Our 10-week internship program runs over the summer. Interns work directly for our host organizations and receive practical experience in the arts and culture community. Operating as a cohort, interns attend workshops organized by DITA, form relationships with professionals in our community, and oversee shared learning experiences with their fellow interns
Interns will be expected to complete two formal questionnaires over the course of the program (guideline provided by DITA) as well as attend an orientation and an exit interview with the Program Administrator. They will also present a DEI proposal to their internship location at the end of the summer.
Host sites are carefully selected from a pool of applicants by the DITA team who will pay each intern $14.77/hour. Interns will work no more than 40 hours a week, including approximately 5 hours of DITA learning requirement hours per week. DITA Learning Requirements, orientation, and exit interviews are paid hours.
2021 Host Sites
Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Center for Visual Art
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
Participation in this program is only open to students that meet all of the following requirements:
Students currently enrolled in college, or graduating Spring 2021, with a minimum of one year of college coursework completed.
Students holding a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Students with an interest, background, and/or major in the arts and/or culture.
Students who come from a traditionally underrepresented population in the arts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this a paid internship?
Yes. All interns will be paid $14.77/hour for time worked at their host site. They will also be paid $14.77/hour for attendance at DITA Learning Requirements, orientation, and their exit interview.
How many hours is the program?
The internship is a full-time committment for 10-weeks over the summer.
What are the dates of the internship?
The program runs from Tuesday, June 1 to Friday, August 6, 2021. Intern orientation will be Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
What will interns be doing?
All interns will function as full-time employees for their respective host site. Job descriptions for each participating host site will be accessible on our intern application. Past interns have worked everywhere from Community Engagement to teaching classes for youth programs to joining regional committees for DEI iniatives. Follow DITA on Facebook or Instagram for the 2021 host site announcement in January.
What should I have prepared for my application?
Our application is designed to be easily completed during the four weeks applications are open and does not require extensive documentation. We will request a resume and a professional reference. A full copy of the intern application will be available to view prior to completion when applications open.
How will interns be placed?
Interns will be matched with host sites based on the needs of the organization as well as the intern's personality and the sites they indicate interest in during the application. During the application process, interns have the chance to rate their interest in all of the job descriptions. DITA prioritizes the top three options the interns indicate.
What are traditionally underrepresented communities in the arts?
Traditionally, communities of color, disabled individuals, and members of the LGBT+ community have been underrepresented in the leadership of arts and culture. We will ask each applicant to write a short response detailing how they identify as underrepresented in the arts, so we encourage anyone interested to apply.
Does this internship lead to a full-time job?
Not necessarily. While some of our host sites have offered ongoing work to their intern after the close of the internship, no applicant should enter the program expecting to receive a final job offer.
Will my Host Site be DEI Conscious?
Yes. While DITA is committed to helping our host organizations grow in their DEI committment, we do have a base standard of demonstrated DEI committment from all participating organizations.
PAST INTERNS SAY...
"The skills I have gained through my time with this internship are invaluable. All the staff I have met at the Newman Center have worked together to ensure that I obtain as much knowledge and experience as possible.
— Genesis G., 2020 DITA Intern
Placed at the Newman Center for Performing Arts