The Kennedy Center

Rosemary Kennedy Initiative

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Office 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.

Applicants must:

  • 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.

More Information

More information about internship opportunities will be available in September 2016. To learn more about the program, please contact the Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 or

*As defined by The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. For more information, please go to


National Rosemary Kennedy Initiative

Through the National Rosemary Kennedy Initiative, the Office of VSA and Accessibility provides internship, apprenticeship, or pre-professional training opportunities at arts and arts service organizations across the United States. These programs serve youth with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 25 who are seeking creative careers in the arts, arts administration, and arts education. The Rosemary Kennedy Initiative (RKI) is a competitive contract opportunity for arts organizations to implement the RKI program for students with disabilities at their organization on behalf of the Kennedy Center. For more information, please visit the VSA Programs page.


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.