The DIAL Internship Program

DIAL Internship Program is a national summer internship program established by American for the Arts for undergraduate interns from backgrounds underrepresented in arts leadership which provides placement in a local arts host site for a curated set of substantive and challenging programming for the intern.

In their collaborative partnership bridging local opportunities with national talent, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Americans for the Arts share a common commitment to promoting connection and creating healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities impacted through leadership development.

 Program Goals

  • Expand access to those from backgrounds underrepresented in arts leadership
  • Co-create improvements to intern, staff, and board recruiting, hiring, and inclusion policies and practices
  • Ignite local ecosystem of support for young leaders and local arts communities, including funders, private and public sector mentors, arts leaders, and community members

Video Retrospective: DIAL 2022

In Summer 2022, five area college students were selected to participate in the inaugural year of the DIAL Internship Program. Interning with local arts nonprofits, including the Sarasota Ballet, CreArte Latino Cultural Center, Asolo Repertory Theater, Manatee Players, and the Sarasota Art Museum, students had an opportunity to cultivate their knowledge of arts organizations and leadership skills. 

Watch the video to learn more.

Partner Organizations

The Community Foundation recognizes the importance of Cross College Alliance to unite across Sarasota's many colleges and universities and bring paid internships into local cultural entities through the DIAL Internship Program, building on the success of the Environmental Discovery Awards Program (EDAP).
The Cross College Alliance builds connections and amplifies opportunities for students attending the New College of Florida, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Ringling College of Art + Design, and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

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Kirsten Russell

Vice President, Community Impact