The Kennedy Center

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of art can interns expect to make?

All internships at the Kennedy Center are not based in creating art. The program is focused on giving experience working within an arts organization. While most of our interns have roots tied to art, ultimately their job placements will not provide opportunities for the creation of new art.

How many hours should an EEI intern expect to work onsite?

An EEI intern can expect to spend 20-30 hours onsite at the Kennedy Center.

I don’t have an intellectual disability. Can I still apply?

If you do not have an intellectual disability, you're encouraged to apply to the Kennedy Center internships program. The EEI internship program is fully inclusive with the Kennedy Center internship program, and is one way for individuals with intellectual disabilities to receive admittance into the Kennedy Center internship program.

Is there flexibility with the eligibility requirements?

Eligibility requirements are not flexible. Although, for individuals that have an intellectual disability, but do not have that diagnosis, they should submit additional documentation to support meeting that eligibility criterion.Documentation of an intellectual disability is flexible, although it must reflect the diagnosis from a psychoeducational assessment. 

How inclusive is the EEI internship with the Kennedy Center internship program?

The EEI internship program is fully inclusive with the Kennedy Center internship program. They’re considered to be the same program with an alternative means for people with intellectual disabilities to receive acceptance into the program. EEI interns are expected to adhere to the same expectations of KC interns, which include attending professional development workshops and a weekly course that focuses on building strong foundational skills for working in an arts organization.

I’m a previous EEI intern. Can I reapply to the internship program?

The enthusiasm of previous EEI interns is always greatly appreciated! Unfortunately, due to how small the EEI internship program is, we’re unable to consider previous EEI interns for current internship slots.

Do EEI interns require a job coach?

All EEI interns are required to have a job coach onsite until the intern demonstrates proficiency within the internship. Job coaches are expected to stay onsite until staff managing the EEI internship program approve fading to ensure that the intern has a successful experience.

Can a teacher refer someone to the program?

While we appreciate all teachers submitting applications for their students, ultimately a teacher can only refer an applicant if it’s with a service provider. A transition specialist within the school would also be considered a service provider. Please note that the referring agency (the person recommending the applicant) must sign a Referring Social Agency Agreement, and is liable for providing a job coach for the applicant.

I'm a parent/guardian who wants to be more involved in the application process. What can I do?

We’re continually thankful for the support of parent(s)/guardian(s) that are deeply involved in their child’s professional success. The EEI internship program aligns as closely as possible to a realistic job application and work experience. That being said, parent(s)/guardian(s) should coordinate with their service provider as they deem necessary to ensure their input is being communicated throughout the application process. If an applicant is admitted into the program, parents are invited to pre-orientation to meet all staff involved in their child’s internship.

Key Dates

Spring 2018

Application Window: October 1 - November 4, 2018.

Internship Term: January 21, 2019 - May 3, 2019

Notification: Applicants will be notified of their application status by November 30,2018.

Fee: Free

  • November 5 - November 30: Pre-interview worksite visits with service provider
  • December 3: Interview with your service provider
  • December 17: Decision notification
  • January 18: Pre-orientation for all accepted interns
  • January 21: Orientation

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