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Bloomberg Arts Mentors — Paid Opportunity for College Students

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance seeks five college students with an interest in arts and education for a paid summer position mentoring students in the Bloomberg Arts Internship. 

The Bloomberg Arts Internship is a unique eight-week program that provides Philadelphia high school seniors with college readiness and post-secondary training, professional development, and cultural immersion. Every summer since 2015, the Cultural Alliance has placed creative students in meaningful internship positions at cultural institutions all across Philadelphia. Through their internships, students gain a deep insight into how a world-class city’s cultural sector functions, and its value to the community.

For all of our interns, this summer will be unlike any other, having not stepped foot in a classroom since last March due to social distancing measures. Because of evolving circumstances, it is our goal to provide a valuable and fulfilling experience to our cohort through a hybrid in-person/virtual program.

For mentors, this is an excellent opportunity to gain experience combining the arts, education and arts administration. In this program, mentors will provide guidance and oversight to high school students who will be interning at cultural organizations around the city and engaging in intensive post-secondary professional development. Moreover, mentors will provide a vital near-peer connection to higher education and early-career experience.

Mentors will work approximately 20-24 hours per week between June 21 and August 13, 2021. Mentors will also need to be available for onboarding and curriculum review beginning in late-April/early-May.

The ideal candidate for this program is creative, flexible, comfortable speaking in front of groups, and has experience working directly with teens. Experience as a camp counselor, tutor,  after-school program facilitator or coach would be beneficial.

Job Responsibilities may include:

  • Communicate with interns regarding work assignments, schedules, and responsibilities
  • Utilize various platforms to serve as a liaison between interns and Bloomberg Arts Internship staff
  • Conduct internship worksite visits, either remotely or in-person when applicable, to ensure that interns are having a rewarding experience and meeting expectations
  • Provide near-peer mentoring via online office hours
  • Help develop and facilitate cultural immersion experiences and Q&A’s with arts administrators
  • Assist with the development and facilitation of intern orientation and professional development workshops
  • Complete end-of-program evaluations


Qualifications: Ideal candidates will...

  • Be a current college student or recent graduate, or have 2-4 years of relevant work experience post-high school
  • Have a demonstrated interest in the arts and/or education
  • Have experience facilitating teen-based programs in a fun and engaging manner
  • Possess strong communication and organizational skills
  • Be based in or familiar with the Greater Philadelphia area 
  • Be familiar with and comfortable using technology to plan and communicate


Mentors will need to be available for the following activities:

  • Mentor  onboarding and curriculum review in late-April/early-May
  • All relevant internship programming from the end of June through mid-August (approximately 20-24 hours per week)
  • Final presentation event on August 13


This is a part-time, seasonal contract position beginning in late-April/early-May and concluding in mid-August. Mentors received a stipend of $3,300, paid in four installments over the duration of the program.


To Apply

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested in being a Bloomberg Arts Internship mentor to Allie Vanyur, at

Job offers will be conditional upon passing a criminal background check and child abuse clearance.

The deadline to apply is March 26, 2021.