The Bloomberg Arts Internship

Professional Development | College Readiness | Cultural Immersion

The Bloomberg Arts Internship is a one-of-a-kind program in Philadelphia that prepares young people for the next chapters in their lives through on-the-job experience, professional development, and an immersion into the city's rich landscape of arts, culture, and heritage. Every year, the Cultural Alliance partners with more than two dozen organizations across Philadelphia to provide paid internship experiences. Some of our past worksite partners have included the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Arden Theatre Company, and the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

This is an amazing opportunity to develop vital professional skills, explore Philadelphia’s rich arts and culture community and develop the perfect college application.

A Different Kind of Internship.

Mondays through Wednesdays, interns are active participants in the running of their organizations, supporting both the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit, as well as executing on a capstone project. In the past, interns have created and led tours produced original videos, and  helped develop major exhibitions. On Thursdays, interns visit iconic cultural sites across the city, hearing directly from leaders in the sector and getting a behind-the-scenes look at what makes a world-class arts and culture institution tick. Finally, on Fridays, interns come together for challenging and engaging professional development and college readiness workshops, where they’ll develop vital skills to carry them forward in their educational and professional lives.

The Bloomberg Arts Internship creates new audiences, builds lifelong advocates for arts organizations in Philadelphia, and provides a workforce development pipeline to sustain the sector. 

After participating in the Bloomberg Arts Internship...

100% of interns reported that they are more likely to attend arts and culture events

98% reported that they are more likely to advocate for the arts in their schools and communities

90% reported that they are more likely to study the arts and/or arts administration in college

82% said that they are more likely to pursue a career in the arts and culture sector as a result of their internship experience.


Additional Details

Interns work 35 hours per week and are paid $8/hour--that includes orientations, worksite hours, cultural site visits and professional development sessions.

Interns receive the following benefits:

  • SEPTA prepaid weekly transpass (or equivalent) for eight weeks
  • Free, behind-the-scenes access to cultural institutions
  • Lunch and breakfast provided twice a week
  • $8/hour to attend all work, trainings, site visits, professional development sessions


Worksite partners receive a $750 stipend per intern for their participation.

Applications for interns and worksite partners will become available in early 2020. 

Questions? Contact Tom W Bonner, Grant Manager, at, or call 215-399-3523.