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Human Rights and Arts Education Internship Program

The application cycle for the Fall 2022/Spring 2023 internship program is now closed. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be updated when internship applications reopen.

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 in the field of human rights education, arts education, and community organizing. Interns will gain insight into how a non-profit organization is run and work under the guidance of a seasoned non-profit professional. Interns will also have the opportunity to work with local human rights and youth organizations, artists, and 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 and Arts Education intern’s work will include a combination of the following:

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

  • Graphic Design — create social media graphics, design promotional materials, 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 — contribute to the ARTE program curricula through research, writing, editing, and occasionally visit a school to assist with facilitation, event prep, and/or art-making. 

  • Events — help plan, attend, and/or facilitate ARTE events (e.g., fundraisers, mural painting sessions, community art unveilings, workshops, etc.).

​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, writers, researchers, human rights educators, teachers, community organizers, and the technologically-savvy are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Prior experience working with youth is preferred.

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

  • Applicants must be based in New York City. 

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

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 Google suite, and social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok). Experience with design programs (e.g. Canva, Photoshop, etc.), website development (Wix) is preferred.



  • Commitment of 7-10 hours/week for the duration of the semester internship (14 weeks). 

  • Preferred start date is Monday, September 12, 2022, but flexible if necessary.

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

  • Interns will be supervised by the Executive Director and Program Director.

  • Interns will be given a stipend of $1,470.

  • 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 this application no later than August 15, 2022 at 11:59 pm. Selected candidates will be notified for an interview conducted via Zoom. We strongly encourage young candidates of color (18-25) to apply!



We would like to offer community members the opportunity to help us raise the much needed funding to subsidize the stipends of several interns to support ARTE's work 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 two internship slots for the fall semester, and if possible, two internship slots for the spring as well. 


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

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