As a job-seeking graduate student, I know first-hand that entering the job market after college is more difficult now than ever. Employers want to hire people with experience, and young professionals have a hard time getting experience if no one will hire them. It’s a vicious cycle.
The solution? Interning with The Right Brain Initiative! Right Brain’s internships are great ways to gain real, hands-on experience and build a professional network that will give young professionals a leg up on the competition as they make their way out into the “real world” after college. Even better, Right Brain internships provide great opportunities to gain valuable skills while making a difference in our community by working to create lasting change in our education system through the arts and creativity.
As a Right Brain intern, I have had the amazing opportunity to be part of a really exciting grassroots movement that is gaining national attention from institutions such as the Huffington Post, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. I’ve been able to sit in on Any Given Child planning meetings with local government, education and arts representatives and Kennedy Center staff members. I have helped plan a three-day arts integration symposium that featured keynote speaker, futurist Garry Golden, who posed fascinating questions about the future of education.
And on a more personal level, I have set two highly challenging goals for my time at Right Brain: 1) to be able to climb the three flights of steep stairs up to our office and arrive to work not clutching my sides and gasping for breath; and 2) to be able to type “The Right Brain Initiative” correctly on the first try. I am making more progress on Goal 2 than Goal 1.
Right Brain has two internship positions: the Outreach Internship at RACC and the Implementation Internship at Young Audiences. These internship positions require a minimum 10-hour per week commitment and are unpaid, and educational credit for interning is available if it is offered through your college or university.
The Outreach Internship (application deadline extended to Monday, July 18!) assists with delivering advocacy and marketing initiatives to the public. This includes creating social media content, marketing email messaging, website content maintenance and representing Right Brain at public events. The Outreach Intern will also play a crucial role in planning the public unveiling of Right Brain’s Any Given Child long-range plan in October. Getting our message out to the community and inviting the community to get involved are paramount to what Right Brain does.
The Implementation Intern (application deadline July 31) assists the Implementation staff in the Young Audiences office by providing support to Right Brain teaching artists and schools, focusing on developing and maintaining administrative tools such as databases, spreadsheets and the online artist roster, in addition to assisting with the annual teaching artist application cycle.
Visit https://therightbraininitiative.org/get-involved/join-the-team/ for full internship descriptions, instructions on how to apply and more information. You won’t regret it- apply today!