Against the backdrop of the Great Resignation, art organizations have struggled to source the right talent for their teams.
Among the different types of employment relationships, interns are a valuable asset for organizations to alleviate the shortage of talent. Moreover, by introducing diverse, young people into the daily work at arts organizations, we can make the sector more sustainable by creating a pipeline to permanent careers.
However, it is not always easy to start an internship program. First, and perhaps the most determining factor of whether to host interns, is how to fund the program. Offering unpaid internships is not palatable because it could greatly confine the opportunities to a small socioeconomic group. Here are some tips that can help inspire solutions for organizations to jumpstart their internship programs.
Check out what career-placement programs exist at local universities. Some universities have funding programs to cover the expenses incurred by hiring interns in exchange for the educational value provided by the organizations. For example, University of Michigan’s Culture Corps pays the student interns on the behalf of the host organization. Several of our members- Living Arts, InsideOut, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Public Theatre, Arab American National Museum- including CultureSource piloted this UM initiative.
Post your jobs on career center websites. Besides securing financial support from educational institutions, they can also help you to introduce your brand to young talents. Many educational institutions have invited employers to post internships and jobs on their career center websites. Michigan State University Career Services Network and University of Michigan’s Opportunity Hub are two examples. Check out this guide for more information on how to achieve a strong presence among college students.
When creating your internship program:
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