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The 421 Internship and Mentorship Program offers early career development support and professional development opportunities for emerging creative professionals from diverse backgrounds. The program takes place on-site, and offers selected participants the opportunity to be immersed in a cultural center's operations across various departments with a targeted focus on a specific field. Depending on the selected area of focus as well as 421’s needs, interns will work with the Director of 421, Public Programs and Community Engagement Manager, Learning Initiatives and Programs Manager, Exhibitions Design Manager, Communications and Marketing Manager, or Events & Operations Manager.


The internship runs for six months, from July to December 2023. 5 applicants are accepted every six months. This is a paid opportunity. 


Interns will leave the program having gained: 

An in-depth understanding of the logistics, operations and budget management of 421’s exhibitions, public programs, communications or educational programs. 

First hand experience of how cultural institutions operate on a day-to-day basis, specifically administration, communication, project coordination, exhibition and program design. 

Networking opportunities in the contemporary art scene within the region; Hands-on involvement in exhibition planning and execution; assistance in research; and curation; working directly with creative practitioners; educational and community outreach and more.  An opportunity to engage with the 421 team through a structured mentorship model, and a learning-focused approach to the exhibition operations through workshops, crits, and seminars.


421’s Internship and Mentorship Program also includes an Internship Proposal Project in which interns pitch a personal project in line with the department they are interning in to the larger 421 team. This proposal is then realized and supported by the 421 team. 2020 internship cohort members Sreerag Jyothish and Aya Afaneh proposed a Teen Studios pilot that is currently realized and implemented at 421 as the Teen Studios Program


Applications are only accepted through Submittable. Apply through here.


Interns can choose to apply for the following departments: Administration and Project Management, Communications and Marketing, Learning Initiatives and Programs, Exhibition Design, Public Programs and Community Engagement, and Events and Operations. 


Applicants who are interested in applying to this open call can learn more here.