Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Bloomberg Arts Internship Partnerships

Applications for 2021 worksite and cultural immersion partners are closed. 

Questions about the status of an application, or about the program in general? Contact Tom Bonner at


The Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) is a cultural workforce development initiative of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, serving as a focused entry-point into the workforce pipeline for Philadelphia’s arts and culture sector. After the uncertainty of 2020, the Cultural Alliance is poised to launch a robust and dynamic hybrid virtual/in-person program this summer. Embracing remote internships, virtual cultual immersion, and in-person opportunities when the arise, the 2021 internship will provide 50 extraordinary Philadelphia high school seniors with professional development and college readiness training, creatively engaging project-based internships, and an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at how a world class cultural sector ticks. 

The cornerstone of the internship program is the worksite experience. Internship candidates are recruited from across the city and matched with worksites whose needs and missions align with the interns’ skills, interests and professional aspirations. Since 2015, the Alliance has placed nearly 300 interns at more than 100 different organizations across Philadelphia. Bloomberg interns work across organizations to complete valuable projects. They have created and led tours, redesigned websites, managed social media campaigns, fabricated art installations, shot and edited promotional videos, and much, much more.

Beyond internships, partners have the opportunity to participate as cultural immersion hosts with virtual tours or live streamed performances, or as Deep Dive partners, giving interns an in-depth look at an organization's history, mission, and programming. Partners my have the option to participate through any or ALL of these engagements.

Partnership fees:

  • Worksites receive a $750 stipend per intern to support supervision
  • Deep Dive partners receive $500
  • Cultural Immersion hosts receive $500

The Alliance provides a robust support system to our worksite partners:

  • Dedicated program management staff to support worksites and supervisors
  • Comprehensive pre-program worksite orientation, DEI training, and networking opportunities
  • Management of intern employment paperwork and payroll
  • Program mentor visits to check-in on intern/worksite experience
  • Weekly professional development for interns to improve workplace skills

Besides providing a unique and vital opportunity to an exceptional student, participating as a worksite partner can benefit your organization and our sector at large. Hosting Bloomberg interns can help your organization by...

  • Providing a leadership opportunity to junior employees by giving them a supervisory role in managing an intern
  • Encouraging diversity of thought — Bloomberg interns come from different backgrounds and offer fresh perspectives.
  • Participating in a collective effort to contribute to the future success of arts and culture in Philadelphia.




Bloomberg Arts Internship 2021 Timeline

January-March:          Worksite applications and skills matching                

January - May:            Intern recruitment, application review, interviews, placement

Early June:                  Partner orientation and bonboarding

June 21-24:                 Student orientation

June 28-August 12:    Internship

August 13:                   Final presentations and closing ceremonies


How many interns can we work with?

We generally try to placeat least two interns at each worksite. Whenever possible, we avoid placing just one intern at a worksite, because we have found that having a peer-colleague makes them more comfortable in their work. We occasionally make exceptions.

What type of work can Bloomberg interns do?

Bloomberg Arts Interns are selected and placed based on the needs of specific worksites. They have worked across organizations, supporting marketing, development, and programming. We discourage placing interns in “camp counselor” roles as much as possible, as this is less likely to fit the particular creative and professional interests of our interns.

How are interns placed with worksites?

Throughout their application and interview processes, interns are surveyed to assess their skills, interests, passions, and goals. We then match what we learn with the needs and mission of each worksite partners. Once we make a placement recommendation, worksites and interns are encouraged to schedule a pre-program meeting so that they can each confirm that the pairing is a good fit.

How many hours do interns work?

Interns should be at their worksites for 7-hours a day, not including breaks, and 21-hours a week (Tuesday through Thursday).

Can interns work on days other than Tuesday through Thursday?

On Mondays and Fridays, interns attend additional programming, including cultural immersions and professional development workshops. However, if an intern has additional hours available, they can work on evenings and weekends. Please check with the Internship Manager before assigning work outside of regular business hours Tuesday-Thursday.

How are interns paid?

Bloomberg Interns are paid bi-weekly by the Cultural Alliance. To track hours, interns and supervisors fill out an online timesheet on a weekly basis.

Are there any requirements for being a supervisor?

Each worksite must assign two supervisors, and each supervisor is required to have up-to-date background checks and clearances for working with minors. The Cultural Alliance will pay for up to 2 background checks per worksite and can facilitate additional screenings at cost.

When are worksite stipends paid?

Each worksite receives $750 per intern at the conclusion of the internship in August. To receive this stipend, worksite supervisors are required to submit project plans, attend the program orientation in June, and final presentations in August.

Additional Resources

Internship work plan template

Work plan sample


Contact Tom Bonner at