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Undergraduate Intern – IFAI Fellowship Program 

About the Internship Opportunity

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is seeking an undergraduate student to serve as an intern in their Community Programs Department and aide the Festival in building an exciting new initiative for high school students, the Arts & Ideas Fellowship Program.  The intern will support the Program Director in all aspects of the planning and execution of the Fellowship Program which will begin as an after school program in December 2009 and will culminate in an immersion experience at the Festival June 12-26, 2010.  The program will give economically disadvantaged teens exposure to careers in the arts and various arts disciplines and will teach critical thinking and writing skills.  The undergraduate intern will support in the administration of the program as well as serve as a mentor to students as they progress through the program.     

Intern Primary Duties:

Part-time November 2009 – May 2010

    • Work with Program Director to recruit and qualify students for participation in the program
    • Support Program Director in preparation of materials and content for sessions with students
    • Attend program sessions and act as a teaching assistant to the Program Director, Arts Journalism Teacher and other guest teachers during these sessions
    • Mentor students as they progress through the program
    • Work with Program Director to secure related jobs or internships for students at the completion of the program


Full-time June 7-26 2010

    • As the Festival nears, intern will support Program Director in solidifying schedule for immersion experience, including creating detailed itineraries and communicating with content providers and students about their schedules
    • During the Festival, June 12-26 intern will chaperone the students as they participate in their immersion experience, bringing them from venue to venue, supervising students and continuing to serve as a teaching assistant for content providers as necessary



This is a paid internship position. 

To apply: Submit Resume / Cover Letter to Andria Matthews, IFAI Fellowship Program Director

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Mail: Attn: Andria Matthews

          International Festival of Arts & Ideas

          195 Church Street, 12th Floor

          New Haven, CT 06510 

More Details Regarding the International Festival of Arts & Ideas Fellowship Program

      The International Festival of Arts & Ideas Fellowship Program is designed to give high school students unparalleled exposure to careers in the arts as they prepare to pursue college and/or enter the workforce.  The program combines instruction in various arts disciplines and arts journalism with opportunities for hands-on work experience and job-shadowing.   

      The program will accept eight high school juniors or seniors, with a demonstrated interest in the arts.*  The program will begin as an after school program in December, with three to four sessions per month.  These weekly/bi-weekly sessions will focus on (1) introducing students to a variety of careers in the arts; (2) deepening students’ understanding of the arts disciplines and humanities disciplines represented at the Festival; (3) honing students’ skills in writing and self-expression; and (4) involving students in hands-on experiences that develop leadership skills and deepen students’ understanding of specific jobs within the Festival.

   The program will culminate in an intensive two-week immersion experience at the 15th annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas, June 12-26, 2010.  During this time students will attend open rehearsals, performances and panels/symposia, meet-and-greet with artists and speakers, attend master classes and shadow/support Festival staff in their chosen area of interest.  Students will also be expected to complete writing assignments based on their experiences that will be published on the Festival’s blog.

      Following the program, the Festival will endeavor to place fellows in related summer jobs and internships.  At this point students will also have an essay that can be used in their college applications.   

* Students must meet the Workforce Investment Act eligibility requirements.   

Description of the Organization:

Every year in June, New Haven sparkles as the International Festival of Arts & Ideas displays a rare collection of gems: stunning music and dance, brilliant theater, bright and emergent thinkers gathered from around the world. From the New Haven Green to the courtyards of Yale University, New Haven becomes a Festival city with something for everyone, featuring world-class culture, award-winning dining and eclectic shopping, delighting guests from near and far.

Now entering its fifteenth year, the Festival is firmly established as one of the world's most significant arts festivals. It has the distinction of fusing arts and ideas programs to present a broad array of offerings within and across genres. The Festival showcases hundreds of international events each summer, from over 75 countries, with an impressive scale and scope unmatched in the Northeast.