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United Arts Council

IDEAL Summer Internship

IDEAL: Internship for Diverse and Emerging Arts Leaders

IDEAL is a new summer internship from United Arts that places undergraduate students from backgrounds underrepresented in arts leadership with host arts organizations in Wake county and pairs them with local mentors to guide the students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer.

The pathway to leadership positions at the highest level in the arts sector is not always clear. The IDEAL ten-week internship will help students gain skills, networks, and experience that will prepare them for leadership roles after they graduate.

The IDEAL summer internship program runs from June 5 to August 11, 2023 and includes:

  • $4,500 pre-tax stipend per intern
  • Work placement at an arts host organization in Wake County for 26 hours per week for 10 weeks
  • Additional professional development opportunities and cultural activities
  • Individual mentor pairing in their arts-specific field of interest
  • A national cohort that will serve as a strong foundation for their growing career

Quotes from 20 22 interns


We are recruiting arts host organizations for the summer of 2023. Arts Hosts who become part of IDEAL have the opportunity to host eager and passionate interns, and provide a substantive project, phenomenal support, and growth opportunities to our IDEAL participants.

Arts Host Information Session: Thursday, December 1st at 11:00 am. Register HERE.

Application Available for Arts Host: December 1, 2022

Application Deadline for Arts Hosts: January 26, 2023


Applications for Interns: Available in December 2022

Prerecorded Information Video for Interns: Coming soon!

Application Deadline for Interns: January 31, 2023 with interviews in February-March and final selections made April 2023

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email Community Arts Coordinator, Kelly Schrader, at [email protected]


PO Box 26388
Raleigh, NC 27611

Phone: (919) 839-1498
[email protected]