RAC Paid Summer Internships

We are currently only offering our Spring Katherine Dunham Fellowship and Summer Paid Internships.

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) recognizes that on-the-job experience can play an important role in cultivating and advancing the careers of arts, nonprofit, and cultural leaders. We also believe that our organization benefits in many ways from the creativity and curiosity of students and young professionals which is why we take great care in offering these opportunities.

RAC’s summer internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates (1-3 years) considering arts administration as a career, the opportunity to work closely with RAC staff and its constituents. RAC’s arts administration internship is a paid 10-12 week program which begins mid-May and concludes early August. Students will have the opportunity to explore the following areas: Community & Public Arts; Arts Marketing and Communications; Grants, and Operations. The internship program will take place at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar, St. Louis, MO.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 5, 2015

If you are interested in applying for our summer internship program please complete the online application and include the following information in a PDF Format:

  • Your résumé
  • Your cover letter
  • Your writing sample

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Questions about RAC Internships? Please contact Jess Gouldthorpe, or (314)863-5811

Katherine Dunham Fellowship

RAC is proud to offer the Katherine Dunham Fellowship annually for the spring semester. Named in honor of the dancer, choreographer and activist, the Katherine Dunham Fellowship was created and is funded by Sara and Jack Burke to give African Americans an opportunity to explore, gain experience in and be mentored in the field of arts administration to later find employment and achieve success working at cultural institutions. The fellowship provides a $3,000 stipend and other compensated opportunities which include attendance to a national arts administration conference, complimentary tickets to local arts and culture events and opportunities to connect with African American arts administrators, artists and arts and cultural leaders.

The Katherine Dunham Fellowship experience may include work in grants, marketing, communications, community arts and public art or special projects with the intent of providing broad experience while also tailoring work to the specific interests and skills of the fellow.

The purpose of the Katherine Dunham Fellowship is: 1) to provide opportunities for individuals who currently are under-represented in the field of arts administration, 2) to gain experience in a number of different arts administration areas, and 3) to develop the pool of outstanding minority arts administration professionals.

Applicants for the Katherine Dunham Fellowship must meet the following qualifications:

  • African American undergraduate juniors or seniors, recent graduates (1-3 years), or graduate level students. (High school students will not be considered)
  • Applicants may come from any academic discipline, not just the arts (ex: liberal arts, business, social work, fine arts, nonprofit management, marketing and communications, etc.)
  • Those with a genuine interest to lead and work for an arts organization or cultural institution (dance organizations, museums, theaters, symphonies, performing arts centers, etc.)
  • Must be able to work at least two full days per week (approximately 16 hours) between January and May during normal RAC business hours, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Be able to spend approximately 2-5 hours/per week on extracurricular activities outside of work (may include, attending complimentary arts and culture events, social networking events, RAC special events, Katherine Dunham related events/classes, etc.)

To apply for the Katherine Dunham Fellowship, please complete the application and include the following information:

  • Your résumé
  • Your cover letter
  • A letter of reference from a professor or a recent employer (this should include the writer’s reflections on the applicant’s qualities, characteristics and provide examples of related work or academic experience)
  • A 250-300 word essay answering the question: “Why are you interested in arts administration and how will this fellowship help you achieve your goals?” Please include within your essay response what it is about Katherine Dunham that has inspired you to apply for this fellowship

*All attachments submitted through the online application must be in a PDF file format.

View the 2015 Press Release here.

Applications for the 2016 Katherine Dunham Fellowship are now closed.

Questions about Katherine Dunham Fellowship? Please contact Jess Gouldthorpe, or  (314) 863-5811