2016 Summer Internship Program Application

Summer 2016 Online Internship Application

Have you ever thought about a career in the arts? Or maybe you’re just looking for a fun way to earn some money over the summer while doing something that matters. Through these internships at Youth Art Exchange, you’ll develop real art skills, learn how you can use the arts to have a positive impact in the community, gain job experience and walk away with some cash in your pocket.

12 Students will be accepted into each of the following internship tracks (read descriptions below):

  • Digital Imaging 101
  • Traditional Percussion/Composition/Performance
  • Printmaking
  • Architecture (separate application: download here)

WHERE: The program will take place at Youth Art Exchange at 29 Howth Street in San Francisco; but you will also spend a significant amount of time working off-site meeting professional artists and working in the community.


      1. You must be between the ages of 14 and 17 and attend public high school in San Francisco. (We will accept exiting 12th grade applications. However, we will not accept rising 9th grade applications).
      2. Ideal candidates are focused, community engaged and artistically inclined. YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL WORKDAYS.: Monday, June 6th – Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, Monday – Friday, 10AM-4PM
      3. All students are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to students who have previously participated in a Youth Art Exchange class or internship.

How to Apply:

      • To apply to this internship, you must submit a written application. Applications are due to the Youth Art Exchange office no later than Monday, May 2nd
      • All candidates must also attend a Group Interview on Wednesday, May 18th (4:00-5:00 PM).
      •  All accepted candidates will be notified by Monday, May 23rd .
      • Acceptance to this internship is based both on your written application and your interview. Download and fill out YAX Summer 2016 General Internship App, pick up an application at our office at 29 Howth Street or apply online at the form below.


Faculty Artist: Alfie Macias + guest artists from SFJazz

When you think of your favorite music or song, you probably think first of the rhythm, the heartbeat that carries through the music. Most often this pulse is driven by the drumbeat, the percussion in the music. Music moves us all, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work as a professional percussionist, you should consider applying to this internship. As a percussion intern, you will gain experience in identifying and understanding different musical genres, their origins and cultural significance (Cuban, Brazilian, American Jazz, Pop Music and more). In this internship, you will get a chance to learn from professional musicians from SFJAZZ. You will learn what it takes to be a professional musician, for example to work as a percussionist/accompanist in different settings, such as for a professional dance class or with other musicians for musical performances and community presentations or demonstrations. You will also learn general care and maintenance of percussion equipment and gain knowledge in how to teach basic percussion.

Faculty Artist: Mario Casillas

What kind of photographs do we make from an artistic perspective? When we are not shooting for an assignment, or a job, (or for our Instagram profile!), we can fully tap into our creative potential. This is an intensive course introducing the basics of digital photography and video using mobile devices as well as dedicated still/video cameras. Interns will work independently and together to produce digital photographs, 2D art and videos. For their final project, each student will revisit one medium of their choosing and complete a more advanced assignment.

Faculty Artist: Hyeyoon Song

Our printmaking engages young artists in learning how to create and print their own designs using multiple printmaking techniques including screenprinting and relief printing. In partnership with the Mission Cultural Center’s Mission Grafica, our young printmakers work in a professional print shop. Our young printmakers have collaborated with youth at PODER to create poster campaigns for public land use and a new community-based urban farm. They have exhibited and sold their work at SOMArts, Asterisk Gallery, the Children’s Creativity Museum, and lots of community events.