A Grant Program Funded by the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the National Endowment

The Arts Workforce Initiative (AWI) is a paid apprenticeship program that gives Connecticut college students, emerging creatives and military veterans an opportunity to gain high-level professional work experience with not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations throughout the state.

This program is specifically designed for applicants from diverse and traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

A host organization must provide a hands-on and engaging learning opportunity that allows an individual to gain relevant skills and work experience in the arts.

Selected host organizations will be granted $3,750 per apprentice to be used to pay an hourly rate of $15.  Selected participants work 25 hours a week for 10 weeks for the selected host organization.  Participants receive payment from the host organization where their apprenticeship will take place.

Eligibility
To be eligible for an AWI placement, an individual must:
  • be a Connecticut resident;
  • have availability to successfully complete the program;
  • have experience in or wish to grow professionally in the following categories: arts administration, arts presenting/curating, media arts, performing arts, visual arts, arts education and literary arts;
  • be enrolled in or a recent graduate from an accredited college or university OR be an emerging creative professional OR a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT APPLICATION PROCESS
You must be prepared to complete the on-line application in its entirety and on the same device. Users are unable to save and return at a later time. Applicants are encouraged to review the application questions and prepare responses in a WORD document. When you are ready to complete the application, simply copy and paste your responses into the appropriate sections.  The deadline to submit an application is Monday, March 30, 2020.

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* 1. Applicant Information

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* 2. Indicate whether you are a College Student, College Graduate, Emerging Creative and/or Military Veteran.

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* 3. Please select the art discipline(s) which best describe your professional career track.

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* 4. Personal statement.

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* 5. Upload Your Resume 

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* 6. References

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* 7. List your top professional skills and abilities.

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* 8. What are the professional skills you feel you need to work on and/or wish to gain?

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* 9. How far are you willing to travel for work?

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* 10. What would be your mode of transportation?

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* 11. Do you currently have another job for the summer? 

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* 12. Additional Comments.  Please state anything you would like to add when we consider your application.

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* 13. The AWI program receives applications from a variety of talented interns. Although we are not able to accommodate all candidates, we are willing to share your internship interests with non-profit organizations and companies within our network.

In order to be considered for additional internship opportunities outside of AWI, do you give us permission to share your contact information with our network?

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