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College Mentors for the Bloomberg Arts Internship

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance


The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance seeks four 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 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 March due to social distancing measures. At this time, it’s impossible for us to know whether these guidelines will still be in place at the scheduled start of our program at the end of June, but it is our goal to provide a valuable and fulfilling experience to our cohort, whether in-person or virtually.

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 pre-college professional development. Moreover, mentors will provide a vital near-peer connection to higher education and early-career experience.

The ideal candidate for this program is creative, flexible, comfortable speaking in front of groups, and has experience creating and facilitating arts-related programs for 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 liaison between interns and Bloomberg Arts Internship staff.
  • Communicate with internship worksites and supervisors, either remotely or in-person when applicable, to ensure that interns are having a meaningful experience and meeting expectations.
  • Provide near-peer mentoring via online office hours online or in-person
  • Help facilitate cultural site visits to museums and other arts institutions around the city of Philadelphia when possible.
  • Assist with the facilitation of intern orientation, and professional development training workshops, either remotely or in-person.
  • Manage program social media accounts, guide intern use of multi-media platforms, blogs and social media as needed.
  • Contribute to the end-of-program report.


Mentors will work approximately 20-24 hours a week between June 22 and August 14, 2020. Mentors will also need to be available for 4-6 hours of training prior to the start of the program in early June.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will...

  • Have a demonstrated interest in the arts and/or education
  • Be enrolled in college, or expect to graduate college in spring 2020.
  • Have experience facilitating teen-based programs in a fun and engaging manner
  • Possess strong communication and organizational skills
  • Be based in Philadelphia or the surrounding area and comfortable traveling within the city
  • Be familiar with and comfortable using technology to plan and communicate
  • Have ready access to a computer, phone, and reliable internet connection


  • Mentors will need to be available for the following activities:
  • Mentor orientation and training in early June (4-6 hours)
  • All relevant internship programming from the end of June through mid-August (approximately 20-24 hours per week)
  • Final presentation event on August 14

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

This is a part-time, seasonal contract position beginning in mid-June and concluding in mid-August. Mentors received a stipend of $3,000, paid in three installments over the duration of the program.

Call Tom Bonner at 215-399-3523

The deadline to apply is April 30.

Education Level: 
High school diploma with some college
To Apply

Application Information:
To apply, submit your resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested in being a Bloomberg Arts Internship mentor to Tom W Bonner, at