Human Rights Education and Arts Internship Program

ARTE is currently seeking a group of committed and passionate interns for the upcoming semester, September 8, 2021 through December 17, 2021 (14 weeks).


Application deadline: Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET

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Organization Background + Internship Description:


Launched in June, 2013 in New York City, ARTE (Art and Resistance Through Education) is an innovative organization that uses art, design, and technology to amplify the voices of young people and foster leadership opportunities. ARTE encourages youth to develop creative solutions to and raise awareness of local and global human rights challenges. For its efforts in the fields of human rights and arts innovation, ARTE has received both local and international publicity and recognition.

ARTE's paid internship program is an excellent opportunity for anyone seeking hands-on experience working with young people in the field of human rights education, arts education, and community organizing. Interns will gain insight into how a non-profit organization is built and work under the guidance of a seasoned non-profit professional. Interns will also have the opportunity to work with local human rights organizations, artists, and youth-based community centers. 


Due to any COVID-19 uncertainties, this program will consist of a combination of virtual and in-person work. NYC-based applicants are preferred, but some remote positions may be available.

The Human Rights Education and Arts Intern’s work will include a combination of the following:

  • Social Media and Communications — research, plan, and curate content for ARTE's social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram); 

  • Graphic Design — create social media graphics, design external promotional material, and lend a design eye to ARTE’s art projects; 

  • Development and Fundraising — supporting the organization in identifying fundraising opportunities through grant-writing and other development initiatives;

  • Curriculum / Facilitation — facilitate lesson plans from existing ARTE curricula, contribute to the ARTE curriculum through research, writing, and/or editing, implement pre-and post-program surveys.

Who are you?

Background and Experience: 

Individuals of all backgrounds and educational experiences (both formal and informal) are encouraged to apply. 


  • Must possess a strong interest in amplifying social justice, advocating for human rights, arts education (including design and technology) and a passion for creating positive change. 

  • Artists, designers, human rights educators, engineers, teachers, community organizers, researchers, and the technologically-savvy are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Prior experience working with youth in a community-based and/or school setting is preferable.

  • Formerly incarcerated community members and/or those directly impacted by the mass incarceration system are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • NYC-based applicants will be prioritized, but non-NYC, U.S.-based individuals are still encouraged to apply. At this time, we cannot support international candidates. 

  • We require that any interns working in-person be fully vaccinated. 

Knowledge and Skills: 


  • Purpose-driven, creative, organized, and self-sufficient;

  • Demonstrated communication and collaboration skills and the ability to take on and manage different projects simultaneously; 

  • Willingness to take initiative and contribute to the organization’s programs and their overall development; 

  • Good computer skills, including experience with Office programs and Google sites, and social media platforms. Experience with design programs (e.g. Canva, Photoshop, etc.) and website development is preferred.



  • Commitment of 5 hours/week for the duration of the semester internship. 

  • Start date is September 8, 2021, but flexible if necessary.

  • Internship will completely be conducted remotely and in-person. 

  • Interns will be supervised by the Executive Director.

  • Interns will be compensated no more than $15 per hour at 5 hours per week, over the course of 14 weeks. This may increase, pending on funding and interest.

  • As this internship is partly digital, the Intern must have consistent access to a stable internet source and a computer. We understand that not all individuals may have access to these resources and are working to change this in the future.

Want to make change? Ready for the challenge? If interested, please complete the following application no later than August 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Selected candidates will be notified for an interview conducted via Zoom and anticipated start date is September 8, 2021. We strongly encourage young candidates of color (18-25) to apply. ARTE is committed to racial justice in all aspects of our organization. #BlackLivesMatter



We would like to offer community members the opportunity to help us raise the much needed funding to subsidize the stipends of at least three interns to support the work of ARTE this upcoming fall. We recognize that unpaid internships perpetuate oppression, particularly classism, and that not all people can afford to work for free, so we are committed to creating a more just organizational structure by offering paid internships.


We envision at least three internship slots for the fall semester, and if possible, three internship slots for the spring as well. 


Visit this link for more information and to donate to the fund. Thank you!