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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.

Meet the Future Arts Leaders:

Mona is an emerging artist and fashion designer operating out of Raleigh, NC. Raised in
the suburbs of both Atlanta and Charlotte, the rich culture of their respective artist
scenes, as well as her exposure to various forms of fine art and music, influenced her
current tastes. She hopes to design solutions for sustainable practices and systems in fashion.

Mona will be working at Artspace with their residency program, and her mentor will be the multi-talented Krystal Argentin, aka Krystal DaMuse of S.P. Productions.

Sophia was born and raised in Durham, NC. In her free time, she loves drawing, painting, and reading, along with making whatever show or movie she has been watching become
her “friends’ and family’s problem!” Sophia hopes to attend graduate school for film and
television production with the goal of becoming a showrunner and film producer.

Sophia will be working at the National Women’s Theatre Festival, and her mentor will be Christopher Everett,Filmmaker and Artistic Director of the Southern Documentary Fund.

Anna was born and raised in Charlotte but moved to Raleigh to study media and film atNC State with plans to graduate in the spring of 2025. She is a photographer for her
school’s newspaper, and she hopes to find a photography career helping people feel
more confident with themselves in front of the camera.

Anna will be working with Arts Access to help launch its new brand, and their mentor will be photographer and photojournalist, Cornell Watson.

Maya McCall was born in Wilmington, NC and has lived abroad in Bogota, Colombia and Salvador, Brazil. He is currently on the master’s degree track that would allow him to graduate with his bachelor’s by Spring 2025 and master’s by 2026. They are an active
participant in the arts; having choreographed and performed for two musicals at NC
State. Maya hopes to go into the educational arts field.

Maya will be working at The Justice Theater Project, and his mentor will be Jose Rondon, Jr., Conservatory Director at NC Theatre.

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


Arts Host applications for 2023 are now closed. 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. Find out more by watching the video at the link below.

Prerecorded Information Video for Arts Hosts


Intern applications for 2023 are now closed. Learn more about the IDEAL internship experience by watching the video at the link below.

Prerecorded Information Video for Interns

If you have any additional questions or accessibility requests, 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]