The Studio Arts Mentor Program is a paid internship for undergraduate Studio Art majors, which provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience teaching and supervising others. Interns will assist an experienced teaching artist by helping coordinate an apprenticeship program for high school students who are learning to teach visual art to children in New York City camps.
Interns serve as mentors to the high school students as well as co-teach art classes. Arts Mentors will be the eyes and ears in the field and help administer the program by identifying problems as they arise, submitting daily updates, and documenting the program’s success. By providing guidance and support, interns serve as role models to the high school students, therefore must be professional and maintain high standards of personal conduct.
The ideal candidate for this program is:
- Creative and Flexible
- Interested in learning about how to teach art
- Comfortable presenting and speaking in front of groups
- Committed to serving as a mentor to high school students
The Studio Arts Mentors program will run for approximately 20 weeks from mid-March through mid-August. Spring Arts Mentors will work approximately 6 hours per weekfor 12 weeks. Summer Arts Mentors will work four to five days per week in the summer. Mentors will be paid $17/hour for their work, including training.
Their oversight and administrative responsibilities will include:
- Serving as a mentor to high school students teaching at camps throughout New York City in the Teen Apprenticeship Program.
- Communicating with teens regarding work assignments, schedules, and responsibilities.
- General administrative assistance and support for the program, including collection of timesheets and work-related documents for teens.
- Photo-documentation of the TAP Program at weekly class sessions as well as at all work sites; assist in preparation of final reports and documentation of program for social media.
- Supervising site visits to camps in Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan
- Assisting the artist by preparing materials and modeling clean up procedures for students
Applicants must be:
- A declared Studio Art major or BFA student
- A full time undergraduate student, currently a sophomore or junior
- Eligible to work in the United States without a Visa
- Residents of New York City or currently attending a school in New York City.
Financial Aid Qualification: There is a strict Financial Aid Qualification for this program: students should have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the most recent academic year. Their Student Aid Report (SAR) must indicate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $10,000 or less. Candidates will submit their SAR as a PDF document along with their cover letter, resume, and transcript. Students who do not meet this qualification will not be considered for an interview.