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Volunteer Opportunities and Internships

Internship Program

Internships are unpaid, however, students receive a stipend for their time with DCCAH.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is a District of Columbia Government agency that provides grant funding and capacity building supports to individual (teaching) artists and cultural organizations in the city. DCCAH seeks dynamic arts management students to intern in its Grants, Cultural Events, and Arts Education Departments for Fall 2015, Winter/Spring 2016, and Summer 2016.

Hours:            Academic Year Internship: Varies (minimum 8 hours/week)
Reports to:     Arts Education Coordinator and Department Head
Attends:         All Staff Meetings (monthly); Department Meetings (weekly); Commissioner Committee Meetings (ad hoc)

The Grants Department Intern works closely with the Director of Grants to cover a variety of administrative responsibilities. The intern facilitates the planning and delivery of nine (9) grants programs with the DCCAH.   

Scope of responsibilities may include, but are not limited to;
• Review of FY15 final reports and FY16  interim reports and budgets;
• Preparation of grant agreements and invoices;
• Participation in grant season launch and preparation workshops for applicants;
• Participation in debriefing meetings with applicants;
• Handling of applicant and panelist scoring portal; and
• Supporting applicant and panelist requests including login and profile information updates;

The Cultural Events Intern works closely with the Special Events Manager to assist in the administration and delivery of special projects and events for the DCCAH. The intern is expected to have a flexible schedule and may be required to work some evenings and weekends as needed.

Scope of responsibilities may include, but are not limited to;
• Assisting in securing services of, and preparing documents for, participating artists, vendors, and venues for special projects;
• Coordinating meetings with venue representatives and production departments as related to special projects;
• Providing assistance with technical production and stage management support for special projects;
• Reporting to Special Events Manager on all matters of budget approval and modification, and programming;
• Assisting in concept designs and details of special projects;
• Assisting with internal communications and approvals to/from upper level management, and the Media/PR/Communications Departments;
• Providing administrative assistance by way of maintaining records, files, and correspondence related to project assignments; and
• Assisting with the design and print of all promotional materials as they pertain to special projects.

The Arts Education Intern works closely with the Arts Education Team to assist in the administrative duties of various Arts Education initiatives including; Poetry Out Loud, Larry Neal Writer’s Awards, and the “Celebration of Creativity” in March 2016. 

Scope of responsibilities may include, but are not limited to;
• Preparing, organizing, and maintaining Arts Education Program (AEP) grant applications, reports, and budgets;
• Preparing and participating in professional development workshops for agency grantees;
• Working with Arts Education staff to oversee delivery of NEA’s Poetry Out Loud program with DC high schools in March 2016;
• Preparing applicants for participation in the Larry Neal Writer’s Awards in May 2016; and
• Working with Arts Education team to prepare for participation in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) for Summer 2016.

Prospective Intern Experience and Key Competencies:
Interest in, and knowledge of, the arts in Washington, D.C. is vital. Knowledge of District of Columbia arts/cultural organizations and individual artists preferred.

• Strong computer skills with competencies in Microsoft Office;
• Attention to detail and ability to work on several tasks in tandem;
• Reliability;
• Ability to work well under pressure and within established deadlines;
• Strong verbal and written communication skills; and
• Creative problem solver.

Submit resume, cover letter detailing areas of interest, and a 1-2-page writing sample to David Markey, Arts Education Coordinator at / (202) 671 1354. Internships are unpaid, however, students receive a stipend for their time with DCCAH.

Deadlines for receipt of completed applications are as follows:

August 27, 2015 (Fall 2015)
October 31, 2015 (Winter/Spring 2016)
March 11, 2015 (Summer 2016)


On occasion, volunteer opportunities exist within DCCAH for community members to contribute to the success of dynamic arts programming of the agency. Possible volunteer opportunities include: The International Film Festival; Poet Laureate's Poetry Festival, Larry Neal Writers' Awards; and Mayor's Arts Awards.

In order to be considered for volunteer opportunities, please complete the DC Arts Commission Volunteer Information Form. For more information, contact David Markey at (202) 671-1354.

Summer Youth Employment (SYEP)

DCCAH, in partnership with the Department of Employment Services, works with arts and humanities organizations to place youth at their sites over the six-week course of the program. Applications for site participants are accepted in the fall. Please contact David Markey, Arts Education Coordinator at or call (202) 671-1354 for more information.