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Summer Arts and Learning Academy Community Engagement Intern

Internship Responsibilities


Young Audiences is seeking enthusiastic applicants to work closely with the on-site director as they support the operations of a Summer Arts and Learning Academy site. This intern is crucial to helping Young Audiences achieve its goals around attendance and family/community involvement with the summer site and the intern will gain knowledge in daily procedures within a summer learning setting and support student achievement, daily attendance, climate and culture, and class scheduling.  Interns will have the opportunity to lead various aspects of the family engagement plan including family workshop nights and the culminating event The intern will collaborate with all site based staff, including teachers, teaching artists, teaching artist assistants, and all contract staff (i.e., Playworks). This intern will gain experience working with different stakeholders including district level administration (i.e., Baltimore City Schools Office of Extended Learning and Office of Fine Arts), food and nutrition, transportation, student support and safety, and communications.


About the Summer Arts Academy

Baltimore City Schools Summer Arts and Learning Academies, operated by Young Audiences Arts for Learning Maryland (YA), will be an action-packed, full-day, five-week program that introduces students to a wide variety of art forms – from illustration, to spoken word, to percussion, to drama and dance—and gives students a chance to work alongside students from across the city and be taught by professional artists.  Daily literacy and math classes will be co-taught by a teacher and professional teaching artist allowing students to experience reading, writing and math like never before…through the arts! Students will have the opportunity to imagine, create, and express who they are through the arts and try on art forms they never imagined. Students will travel to different arts destinations across the city, and their work will be celebrated through a student showcase on the final day of the program. YA will host four Summer Arts and Learning Academies throughout the City, locations TBD.  Each site is expected to accommodate 11 classrooms with 26 students in each for a total of 286 students per site.

Work Hours and Compensation

  • Orientation and Initial Planning/cookout - April 24, 2017, 5:00PM at Union Mill
  • Training and Professional Development Week: One week prior to the start of the program, all staff, teachers, teaching artists and interns will gather for 5 full days of planning and professional development.  PD week will run Monday-Friday, June 26-30.

Ø  Summer Arts and Learning Academy Program Dates: The program will begin on July 10th and end on August 11 for students. 

  • Summer internships are unpaid opportunities for students or recent graduates to gain hands on experience working in a classroom with students and the best teaching artists in the state.  College credit if desired can be arranged (must be worked out in advance with applicants’ college).


Essential Functions

  • Assist site director with daily operations and implementation of the summer learning instructional program to ensure that all students have access to unique, relevant, challenging and fun learning experience. 
  • Provide assistance to all site based staff, including teachers, teaching artists, teaching artist assistants, and contract staff (Playworks).

Ø  Manage all aspects of family engagement nights, including marketing to students and families, working with artist presenters to ensure their space and supply needs are met.

Ø  Recruit and orient parent volunteer chaperones for field trips.

Ø  Coordinate volunteers assisting for various events at the site, for classroom setup and the culminating event.

Ø  Work with site directors to identify ways to involve families and the community in the work of the site.

Ø  When needed, greet guests, visitors and parents at the entrance of the school or the office.

  • Support staff with student supervision at lunch and during playworks periods.

Ø  Develop weekly newsletter for parents and families, in partnership with site directors sharing highlights from the week and previewing upcoming weeks.

Ø  Lead the marketing and coordination for the end of program culminating event.

Ø  Assist site directors calling parents daily (for attendance, inviting them to culminating/artscape, etc.)

Ø  Build relationships with families to ensure the greatest impact of the program on their student.

Ø  Accompany visitors to the site including parents as their tour the program.

Ø  Take photographs and video on a daily basis to document the program and to share with students and families. 

  • Coordinate field trips logistics in collaboration with the site directors and YA staff.
  • Coordinate with and provide support for various partnerships and external stakeholders. 
  • Submit verbal and written reports as required.

Skill Set Required


  • Passion for the arts and education is a must!
  • Some experience and passion for working with students.
  • Interest working with families and the larger school community.
  • Interns will need to provide their own transportation to and from the school site.
  • All interns will complete an on-boarding questionnaire with their supervisor to identify the specific goals the intern has and what specifically they would like to learn/experience during the internship.

Internship Location

Baltimore, MD


Semester: Summer (Jun - Aug)
Hours per week: 20 or more hours
Workdays: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Daily
Pay: No

Application Requirements

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017
Required Documentation: Resume, Cover Letter
Application Instructions

To Apply:

Email cover letter (including a detailed description of your availability and any conflicts you may have, and information on your artistic discipline) and resume to Sarah Tilton (, (410-837-7577) as soon as possible.  Positions will be filled quickly.


2600 N. Howard Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

About Young Audiences of Maryland

Young Audiences/Arts for Learning, founded in Baltimore in 1950, is the country’s foremost arts-in-education non-profit organization. The Maryland chapter of Young Audiences (YAMD) provides over 4,000 arts education opportunities for nearly 200,000 students, artists, and educators throughout the state each year.  The staff, board, and teaching artists of YAMD work tirelessly to generate opportunities for all students to imagine, create and realize their full potential through the arts.