Internship Program Builds Creative Economy by Matching Art Students with Local Employers

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Having an arts degree can be a tough sell for some employers, but with the launch of the new Creative Long Beach internship program top students are offered paid internship positions throughout the creative economy. Creative Long Beach believes the wealth of talent, skills, and ingenuity in advanced arts students at California State University, Long Beach is a perfect match for developing creative problem solvers and passionate employees throughout our city. The program aims to match motivated high-level arts students with internship positions that will enhance and develop skills necessary for work in the creative economy. The Arts Council for Long Beach is pleased to announce this new program, which is made possible by a generous gift from Linda L. Gunn. California State University, Long Beach and Mayor Robert Garcia’s office are also partners for this inaugural program.

Creative Long Beach, launching in the fall of 2015, has five internship positions available for the first semester. Internship positions range from marketing and graphic design to development as well as many other areas. All positions will be made more successful by having interns with training in the arts and interns that exhibit creative problem solving skills. Creative Long Beach internships will be paid, offer professional development workshops, and have career mentoring available. Internship applications were made available on March 18 and positions are open at International City Theatre, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach Symphony, Museum of Latin American Art, and University Art Museum.

Linda L. Gunn, who generously underwrote the Creative Long Beach program, believes “it is an honor to partner with California State University, Long Beach’s College of the Arts, the Arts Council for Long Beach and the mayor’s office to launch the Creative Long Beach internship program. Thanks to their commitment, students will have an opportunity to experience the arts firsthand and learn from talented community leaders and exemplary cultural organizations. This synergistic approach to creative learning will benefit students and organizations alike, and we are hopeful that, as the internship program develops and prospers, other patrons of the arts will share in this worthwhile endeavor to enable more students and host sites to participate. Long Beach is a creative mecca that needs to be shared, and this program will certainly help bring arts, creativity and culture to the forefront of this incredible city.”

Victoria Bryan, executive director of the Arts Council for Long Beach, remarks, “The Arts Council for Long Beach is excited about the Creative Long Beach program, particularly as it represents building stronger connections between the on- and off-campus arts organizations.”

Interested students can apply for the internships by visiting the host sites’ website. All interns must be current upper-level or graduate arts students at California State University, Long Beach.

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