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

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Sarasota is a city built around the arts and exciting performances, offering artists of all backgrounds and imaginations a distinct cultural oasis to explore, all under sunny skies and breathtaking waterfronts along the Gulf of Mexico.

Selected interns will be paired with a meaningful experience developed by a local Arts & Culture nonprofit organization, as well as mentorship opportunities that will deepen their understanding of and professional growth in the field of arts management.

This internship is ideal for those seeking to enrich their artistic leadership journey through community engagement to develop experiences that bring diverse audiences together through the arts.

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