2016 Summer Paid Internship Info


This summer we will be offering paid internships in the arts to public high school students in San Francisco! The program dates for Printmaking, Multi-media/Digital Photography, and Traditional Percussion are June 6-June 23rd. (The Architecture Firm internship will have a separate application *coming soon*.) Interns meet Monday-Friday, 10AM-4PM and must be able to commit to ALL program dates in order to be accepted into the internship and receive their stipend.

Interns will receive professional experience in their medium and a $350 stipend upon completion. Read below for more information on each internship offered.

To apply to this internship, you must submit a written application, due to the Youth Art Exchange office no later than Wednesday, May 13, 2016.  Download the application here, or complete online here.

All candidates must also attend a Group Interview on Monday, May 18 (4:30-6 PM).

Acceptance to this internship is based both on your written application and your interview.

2016 Internship descriptions

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 internship is geared towards young photographers looking to further explore photography. You use digital and manual photography and modern technology. As an intern you will meet artists using photography in different ways and explore the self-expression . Overall, you will expand your body of work and leave the program with a cohesive portfolio. The culmination of the program will be a self-created & curated group exhibition at a local arts venue! This internship is open to all public high school students, but prior experience in photography is strongly preferred. Most importantly, you must be passionate about photography!


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.