Become career-ready while gaining community connections and better knowledge of your career path through the Arts Internship Program.
The Arts Internship Program (AIP) integrates academic learning with the development of professional skills through part-time, unpaid positions supporting non-profit organizations in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
AIP aims to help students build connections between their disciplinary and professional experiences, become career-ready, and build community connections.
My Arts internship experience has put me on the right path towards my career development. I came into the program as a lost second-year student trying to navigate her way into the professional workforce. A year later, I am evidently more confident in my abilities and in knowing where my future path will lead me.
Benefits of an internship
Learn about the wide range of career trajectories available to you with an Arts degree. Gain valuable experiences developing professional skills and integrating knowledge and skills you develop in the classroom with the world of work.
Identify what you want, and perhaps what you don’t want, in a future workplace. Participating in an internship can help you determine whether or not a particular career is a good fit for you.
Receive hands-on training and develop professional and practical skills in the workplace that can contribute to your employability.
Develop and expand your network with peers and professionals, which may lead to future career opportunities.
Make meaningful connections between your internship and professional, personal, and academic experiences. Identify transferable skills and strengths and how they can contribute to future workplaces.
Arts interns work in many different industries and in many different roles.
- Social Services
- Community Development
- Legal Services
- Children & Youth Support
- Literary & Publishing
- Fine Arts
- Health & Wellness
- Culture & Heritage
- Environmental Advocacy & Education
- Media Arts
- Animal Welfare
- Seniors Support
- Social Media Coordinator, Craft Council of BC
- Research Assistant, Access Pro Bono
- Broadcast Content Producer, CiTR 101.9 FM
- Programming & Member Development, Beaumont Studios Artist Society
- Event Assistant, Vancouver Writers Fest
- Environmental Justice Intern, Force of Nature Alliance
- Community Engagement Facilitator, Groundswell
- Development Assistant, Children’s Wish Foundation
- Filmmaker & Editor, Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
- Projects Coordinator, Housing Foundation of BC
AIP students complete a 4-8 month part-time volunteer internship, while Arts Co-op students complete 12-16 months of full-time, paid work.
AIP operates at no cost to students and allows you to take classes alongside work placements, while Arts Co-op operates on a tuition-based model, and concurrently gives students credit for completed work terms.
Both programs provide workplace opportunities for students to gain professional skills and explore workplaces before graduating.