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Volunteer Opportunities and Internships

Here are four ways to become engaged with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH).

Internship Program

Internships are unpaid, however, students receive a stipend for their time with DCCAH.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is a District of Columbia Government agency that provides grant funding and capacity building supports to individual (teaching) artists and cultural organizations in the city. The DCCAH is currently embarking on the creation of its next strategic plan to establish the District of Columbia as the cultural capital of the US. The Commission seeks dynamic arts management students to intern in the areas of Arts and Humanities Grants, Cultural Events Management, and Public Art for Spring 2015 and Summer 2015.

Hours: Summer Internship: 8:00am-4:30pm or 9:00am-5:30pm

Academic Year Internship: Varies (minimum 8 hours/week)

Reports to: Arts Education Coordinator and Department Head

Attends: All Staff Meetings (monthly); Department Meetings (weekly); Commissioner Committee Meetings (ad hoc)

Grants Department:

The Grants Department Intern works closely with the Director of Grants to cover a variety of administrative responsibilities. The intern facilitates the planning and delivery of nine (9) grants’ programs with the DCCAH.    

Scope of responsibilities include, but are not limited to;

  • Review of FY16 grant cycle applications for eligibility and completeness.
  • Participation in grant preparation workshops for applicants.
  • Creation of summary reports for Commissioner conveners in advance of grant panels.
  • Attendance at, and support of, panelist orientation workshops as well as application review sessions with Commissioner conveners.
  • Handling of applicant and panelist scoring portal.
  • Supporting applicant and panelist requests including login and profile information updates.
  • Assisting panelists with materials and scoring during the review of work samples.
  • Review of grant meeting minutes for clarity and accuracy and preparation for follow-up debriefings.

Cultural Events Department:

The Cultural Events Intern works closely with the Special Events Manager to assist in the administration and delivery of special projects and events for the DCCAH. The intern is expected to have a flexible schedule and may be required to work some evenings and weekends as needed.

Scope of responsibilities include, but are not limited to;

  • Assisting in securing services of, and preparing documents for, participating artists, vendors, and venues for special projects.
  • Coordinating meetings with venue representatives and production departments as related to special projects.
  • Providing assistance with technical production and stage management support for special projects.
  • Reporting to Special Events Manager on all matters of budget approval and modification, and programming.
  • Assisting in concept designs and details of special projects.
  • Assisting with internal communications and approvals to/from upper level management, and the Media/PR/Communications Departments.
  • Providing administrative assistance by way of maintaining records, files, and correspondence related to project assignments.
  • Assisting with the design and print of all promotional materials as they pertain to special projects.

Public Art Department

The Public Art Intern works closely with the Public Art Team to assist in the administrative duties of various Public Art Projects including the Art Bank Collection and Constituent Outreach.

Scope of responsibilities include, but are not limited to;

  • Maintaining and organizing project/object records within files, the public art database, digital folders, and related correspondence.
  • Creating condition reports and updating Art Bank catalog records.
  • Researching location information and movement of art work through the Art Bank Collection.
  • Assisting with handling and moving Art Bank in storage when needed.
  • Assisting with outreach efforts to publicize Call to Artists.
  • Helping to manage incoming artist applications and advisory panelists for panels.
  • Assisting with the preparation of panel meeting set-up and support materials for review.

Internships may also be available in the Arts Education, Legislative Affairs, and Communications and Public Relations Departments.

Prospective Intern Experience and Key Competencies:

Interest in, and knowledge of, the arts in Washington, D.C. is vital. Knowledge of District of Columbia arts/cultural organizations and individual artists preferred.

  • Strong computer skills with competencies in Microsoft Office.
  • Attention to detail and ability to work on several tasks in tandem.
  • Reliability.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and within established deadlines.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Creative problem solver.


Submit resume, cover letter detailing areas of interest, and a 1-2-page writing sample to David Markey, Arts Education Coordinator at david.markey@dc.gov / (202) 671 1354. Internships are unpaid, however, students receive a stipend for their time with DCCAH.

Deadlines for receipt of completed applications are as follows:

October 31, 2014 (Spring 2015)

March 31, 2015 (Summer 2015) 


Numerous volunteer opportunities exist within the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Community volunteers are essential, for example, at the International Film Festival, the Poet Laureate's Poetry Festival, the Larry Neal Writers' Awards and the Mayor's Arts Awards.

In order to be considered for volunteer opportunities, please complete the DC Arts Commission Volunteer Information Form. For more information, contact David Markey at (202) 724–5613.

Summer Youth Employment (SYEP)

DCCAH, in partnership with the Department of Employment Services, exposed more than 50 DC youth to internship experience at more than 20 nonprofit arts organizations in 2011.  If you or your child is a registered SYEP participant and is interested in an arts internship this summer, please email Ariel Wilson, Arts Education Program Associate at ariel.wilson@dc.gov or call (202) 724-5613.