Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Department of VSA and Accessibility seeks to serve youth with disabilities interested in pursuing careers in the arts, arts administration, and arts education by providing and investing in effective and innovative internship, apprenticeship, and training programs.
Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) Internship
The Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) Internship is an innovative program designed to offer meaningful instruction and cultural arts experiences to individuals with intellectual disabilities. The EEI Internship Program provides hands-on Internships and opportunities to explore today's complex performing arts environment to six motivated individuals each year. The goals of the Internship are to:
- provide exposure to the performing arts;
- develop social skills; and
- offer opportunities to improve job-related skills.
- have a documented intellectual disability*;
- be between the ages of 19 and 30;
- demonstrate an interest in the performing arts; and
- be referred to the program through a social service agency.
*As defined by The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. For more information, please go to http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/intellectual_disabilities.html.
For more information on the program, including details on how to apply, please contact the Accessibility Office.top
National Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative
Through the National Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative, the VSA and Accessibility Department provides internship opportunities at arts and arts service organizations across the United States. These programs serve youth with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 21 who are seeking careers in the arts, arts administration, and arts education. In 2012, contracts of up to $10,000 were awarded to seven organizations in five states and the District of Columbia.top
HSC Foundation Internship Program
The HSC Foundation Internship Program has been established to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in internships at cultural arts institutions around the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Internships are designed to build skills that will enhance participants' potential for future competitive employment in a career in the arts. Placements will be between 10 and 40 hours per week and of varying length. All interns will receive a stipend.
Qualified applicants must:
- have a documented disability or chronic illness;
- be between the ages of 18 and 25; and
- demonstrate an interest in the cultural arts.
Additional requirements vary by placement. Please see job descriptions for details for each position.
Summer 2013 HSC Internship Opportunities
HSC Interns will be placed at cultural arts organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Placements are subject to change and available at the discretion of the host organization. Please read each description carefully before applying as job qualifications, application requirements, and deadlines vary.
Summer 2013 Placements:
To be considered for an internship, each applicant must submit the following items to the Kennedy Center's Accessibility Program by April 30, 2013:
- HSC Internship Application Form
- Resume - Resumes should include employment, volunteering, internship, and educational experiences as well as any other experiences relevant to the review of the application. Please also include computer, office, language or other skills, and ways in which you have been involved in the cultural arts.
- Two (2) Recommendations - Applicants may use the HSC Internship Recommendation and Reference Form or submit two letters of recommendation; and
- Additional materials as required by each placement site.
Complete applications from qualified candidates will be forwarded to placement sites as indicated in section 3 of the HSC Internship Application Form. Select candidates will be contacted by placement sites to arrange interviews. Interviews are conducted at the discretion of the placement site. Not all applicants will receive an interview, and not all applicants will be offered an internship.
Qualified individuals may apply to multiple placements. Job qualifications, application requirements, and deadlines vary. Please see placement descriptions for specific information.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for an HSC Internship without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, or any other protected status. No question on this application is intended to secure information to be used for such discrimination. The Kennedy Center offers equal opportunity and treatment to all who apply and is committed to diversity.
Applications and recommendations must be submitted to the Kennedy Center via one of the following:
HSC Internship Program
The Kennedy Center
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210
For More Information
All questions regarding the HSC Internship Program, including application status and placement opportunities, must be directed to the Kennedy Center's Accessibility Programtop
Internships and Fellowships
The Kennedy Center offers several types of internships and fellowships for individuals at varying stages in their arts administration careers. Programs specifically for individuals with disabilities are listed below. Information about other opportunities at the Center that are open to everyone, with or without disabilities, is available under the Kennedy Center's Arts Management programs.top
Greater Washington Internship Coalition
The Greater Washington Internship Coalition is a group of internship programs serving young people with disabilities based in the greater Washington, DC area. The Coalition is a one-stop opportunity for students and emerging professionals with disabilities to find information on unique internship programs! Visit the website for more information.top
Important Phone Numbers
Accessibility Office:TTY (202) 416-8728
Voice (202) 416-8727
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Information and Tickets:TTY (202) 416-8524
Voice (202) 467-4600
Out-of-Town (800) 444-1324
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Subscriptions Office:TTY (202) 416-8518
Voice (202) 416-8500
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Group Sales Office:TTY (202) 416-8410
Voice (202) 416-8400
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative is made possible by the Rosemary Kennedy Education Fund.
Funding for the Kennedy Center's Accessibility Initiatives is provided by
Mike and Julie Connors and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.