Arts Management Summer Internship at the Kennedy Center

Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of an Internship for a member of Sigma Alpha Iota at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, in arts management during the summer months.

The Intern will receive a stipend of $2,400 to help defray living costs in Washington. It will be the Intern’s responsibility to provide her own transportation to and from Washington, and her housing and meals during the period of the Internship (the Kennedy Center will assist Interns in finding reasonably-priced housing). There will be no additional financial support from Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

Applicants for this SAI Philanthropies, Inc. sponsored Internship must be juniors, seniors, graduate students, or graduates out of school for no more than one year.

Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies Inc., reserves the right not to award an internship if no applicant is judged to be sufficiently qualified.


To be eligible for this internship, you must be:

+ an initiated member of SAI

+ in good financial standing with the fraternity

+ current with national dues

+ a junior, senior, graduate student, or graduate out of school for no more than one year


Details of the Internship

  1. The decision on all internship applications is solely the responsibility of the Kennedy Center. Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. will not participate in any way in the application review and selection process.
  2. The internship assignment is 40 hours a week.
  3. College credit may be available, depending on the policies of the Intern’s university. Applicants should check with the placement offices of their institutions
  4. Interns may attend any Kennedy Center performances on a space-available basis.
  5. For information on the Internship, please refer to the Kennedy Center Arts Management Internships page. The application must be submitted through the Kennedy Center site.

DEADLINE: March 16


Kennedy Center Internships Mission Statement

At the nation's premier performing arts organization, the Kennedy Center Internship Program provides a variety of individualized and collaborative learning experiences to enhance career development for the next generation of dynamic, socially-responsive arts leaders. The Kennedy Center Internship Program is defined by experiences that are:

  • Authentic
  • High-Quality
  • Engaging
  • Inclusive
  • Diverse

Kennedy Center Internships: Program Description

The Kennedy Center Internship Program is a holistic and rigorous professional development program designed to elevate the next generation of leaders in the arts, cultural, and non-profit fields. Kennedy Center Interns spend a significant amount of their time at the Kennedy Center in individual placements, gaining valuable work experience and technical skills in their chosen field. Additionally, Kennedy Center interns spend 5-10 hours each week participating in the various components of the Kennedy Center Internships curriculum in order to increase leadership potential and fluency in the non-profit and cultural sectors.

The Kennedy Center Internships: Placement

Each intern works in a specific placement that aligns with their academic and professional interests, under the supervision of a supervisor or team of supervisors in that department. Interns and supervisors work together to create goals and objectives that align with the projects in each internship, and will guide the intern through their time at the Kennedy Center. 

The Kennedy Center Internships: Curriculum

Participation in the Kennedy Center Internships curriculum is required, and includes the following:

  • KC Class- Offered Wednesday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 pm, KC Classes are taught by Senior Leadership at the Kennedy Center. Interns participate in group discussion and case study analysis, complete readings, and collaborate on presentations with their fellow interns. The KC Class curriculum builds on the specific skills interns learn in their placements to begin to prepare the interns for leadership in the field.  Interns are required to attend KC Class every Wednesday. Up to 2 unexcused absences will be allowed. KC Class topics will include Strategic Planning; Gap Analyses; Components of Non-Profit Programming, Fundraising, and Budget; Community Engagement; and Measurement. KC Class will culminate in groups presenting a Final Project. 
  • Look-Ins- Offered once a week on varying days, Look-Ins are hosted by directors and managers from the many different departments at the Kennedy Center. Schedule permitting, interns are required to attend a select number of Look-Ins.  
  • Professional Development Workshops- Workshops address critical skills that will help interns compete in today's selective job market. Current Professional Develop Workshops include interview skills, utilizing personal digital branding, networking and resume workshops, workplace habits and listening styles. Schedule permitting, interns are required to attend Professional Development Workshops.

Are You Eligible for the Kennedy Center Internships?

Our program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students to experience a fast-paced, nationally-recognized performing arts institution,  and develop as leaders in their fields. Applicants must be a sophomore, junior or senior in an undergraduate program, have obtained their undergraduate degree within one year of the time of application, or be currently enrolled in a master's program. International applicants are encouraged to apply; however, the Kennedy Center does not sponsor visas. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will be asked to provide proof of visa at the time of application.

Sigma Alpha Iota members applying for an internship should identify themselves as members of SAI so that the Kennedy Center Administration will have the option of awarding the SAI Internship. If a member is chosen for the SAI Internship, Sigma Alpha Iota will award funds directly to her.


 Dr. and Mrs. Berge Markarian Scholarship for a Music Industry Internship at Appalachian State University ($1,000)

One scholarship of $1000 will be awarded to a member of Epsilon Theta Chapter at Appalachian State University in any Music Industry area, who is selected to do an internship in her chosen field. It can be used for the fall, spring or summer semester and will be applied towards the internship tuition at Appalachian State University.

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