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  • Writer's pictureDiversity in the Arts Internship

2022 Internship: Host a summer intern!

Host Site Applications Are Now Open

We're thrilled to say that DITA will be back for a fourth summer in 2022. We're looking for arts & culture nonprofit organizations to make up our Host Site cohort. 

Host Site organizations are matched with an exceptional college student from traditionally underrepresented communities to work full-time over the summer. The DITA internship is a 10-week paid internship where interns receive practical experience in the nonprofit arts sector that prepares them to be DEI-driven leaders when they leave college. Participating Host Sites receive a grant covering part of the interns' wages based on their FTE.

Applications close Wednesday, November 24 at 5:00 PM (MST)

Visit our 'Host an Intern' Page for Additional Information: Eligibility Requirements for Host Sites

2021-22 DITA Calendar

Host Site FAQ


What's in it for Host Sites?

Interns stand in RedLine's community library with the hosting intern explaining the library to his cohort.
Pictured: 2021 Intern Collin Sanders working at the Arvada Center

A Dedicated Intern

DITA screens all intern applicants to generate a pool of highly motivated college students that are prepared to help your organization push through summer programming, implement DEI efforts, and step-in where they can assist the smooth functioning of the organization. Many of our Host Sites keep in touch with their DITA interns and bring them back for future projects. 

Screenshot of the cover page of the intern's proposal. Text on the image reads: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion. Claire B. August 2nd, 2020 - Diversity in the Arts. The Arvada Center's logo is on the center of the page as they hosted intern Claire.
Pictured: DITA Alumni present a panel discussion for the 2021 intern cohort

An Outside DEI Perspective:

Interns improve their DEI advocacy skills in several workshops over the course of the summer. They use these skills to present a DEI Proposal for their Host Site upon the completion of the program. Past Host Sites have indicated that the fresh pair of eyes have highlighted practical changes for their DEI work that would have possibly been missed.  


Community Happenings:

Kirsten Lang joins Health Equity Branch at CDPHE, remains with DITA as Advisory Board member

Photo of DITA Advisory Board member, Chrissy Deal.

For the past 3 years, Kirsten Lang has been the Program Administrator for DITA. Lang has supported DITA from its inception, and her organization and leadership have helped the program blossom into what it is today. From creating streamlined program operations systems to guiding interns as they practice advocacy in the workplace, Lang has been a phenomenal member of the DITA team. Earlier this fall she transitioned out of her role as Program Administrator when she accepted a new position in the Health Equity Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. However, we are very pleased to announce that she will remain with DITA as an Advisory Board member, continuing to share her expertise, experience, and passion with this program.


DITA fiscal host, Art Students League of Denver, welcomes first BIPOC Artist in Residence

Picture of the front of the Art Students League of Denver building.

ASLD is the fiscal host for DITA and provides support in the acquisition and redistribution of grant funds for the program. The ASLD team has been greatly inspired by working with DITA over the past several years, and recently created a program with a similar mission of increasing diversity and fostering equity within the arts community.

The BIPOC Artist-in-Residence program is a new facet of ASLD's Visiting Artist Series. Through this program, ASLD hosts a Visiting Artist who identifies as Black, Indigenous, and/or person of color for a 6-9 month long residency. The residency offers the artist access to dedicated studio space at ASLD; the opportunity to lead workshops, lectures, and community engagement programs; and culminates with a solo exhibition of work created throughout the residency. Each

residency is tailored to the artist’s expertise and discipline.

Ceramist Kevin Snipes will be arriving at ASLD soon as the inaugural resident artist in the program. Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 residency season, and interested artists are encouraged to apply.


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