Learn about  Internships at CHAW

We offer unpaid internships for high school and college students. Contact Education Director Catherine Aselford  for more information.

Rising Young Leaders Program

RISING YOUNG LEADERS are an integral part of CHAW’s Youth Arts Program and Summer Camp programs. These young people are not just mentors but rising leaders in the community, sharing their experience in the arts with their peers and younger students. As part of our training, Rising Young Leaders will learn to build relationships and develop a strong work ethic. Setting a positive example, encouraging excitement about the arts, supporting students and teaching artists and having fun are all part of the mentor experience at CHAW! Teaching artists and staff are here to help mentor and advise interns throughout this experience. Students must be between the ages of 12-18 to apply.


1. Professionalism-Internships are treated like job training and interns will develop applicable skills they can take into the work force. Effective communication, taking initiative, time management and a positive attitude are all important to developing a strong work ethic.

2. Creativity- While working in a non-profit arts organization, interns will develop respect for community, art and service to others. Internships are built upon CHAW’s mission and vision of building community through the arts, creating a place where the arts connect, transform people and create common ground. Our goals are to help each student find his or her unique artistic voice, value artistic literacy and become life-long learners in the arts

 3. Leadership- We can all both learn and teach. Strong leadership comes in many forms but begins with building value and self-worth. Interns will face challenges, learn problem solving techniques, add substance to relationships and find meaning in their work. This will help build the confidence and compassion necessary to be life time leaders.

INTERNSHIPS: Summer Camp Interns have a range of duties during CHAW’s summer camp sessions (June-August). Camp interns work primarily with teaching staff and campers ranging in age from 5-10 years. Their task can include preparing lesson materials, overseeing class-time and studio clean-up, escorting camp groups between rooms or to lunch, leading group activities, songs or games, assisting with administrative tasks and assisting staff on afternoon field trips or specialty camp. In addition, all summer camp interns receive valuable mentor and counselor training and attend an orientation prior to camp.

Summer Camp Interns are scheduled by week from 9am-5pm. Refer to CHAW’s current summer camp catalog for more information. Classroom Interns work after school during the semesters of our Youth Arts Program (Winter, Spring, Fall).

Class interns help with administrative tasks, studio clean-up, specific department projects and work alongside teaching artists in the classroom. Interns may help prepare materials, encourage student participation, escort students to the gallery or bathroom, clean studio spaces and assist teaching artists as assigned. Classroom intern hours are Monday-Thursday between 3:00pm-6:00pm. Refer to our current listing of classes for more information.

If you are interested in becoming an intern, please fill out an application below. Email education@chaw.org with any questions.