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.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

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2021 Applications TBA

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 Monday, May 31 to Friday, August 6, 2020. Intern orientation TBA,




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. 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.




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.





PAST INTERNS SAY...

"Thank you DITA and Curious for an amazing summer. I never would have thought that I would have learned/made these connections and friends right out of school. I can't wait to see what everyone does in the future!"

—  CeCe S., 2019 DITA Intern 

Placed at Curious Theatre Company

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