The Kennedy Center

Frequently Asked Questions

I've already completed an internship at the Kennedy Center. Can I apply again?

Unfortunately, we do not accept applications form former interns at this time. We like to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to the Internship Program; therefore, we will only accept applications from students who have not yet completed our program.

How long is my internship at the Kennedy Center?

Kennedy Center Internship Program lengths vary depending on the semester. Fall internship terms are approximately 14 weeks, from September-December. Spring internship terms are approximately 16 weeks, from January-May. Summer internship terms are approximately 10 weeks, from June-August.

I've just applied for a Kennedy Center Internship. How will I know if my application is being reviewed?

All applications are distributed for review by our hiring supervisors after the application close date. No application will be reviewed before this date. Hiring supervisors will review applications and contact candidates directly for an interview. Applications will be considered by their first, second and third placement preferences, but can also be considered in any placement where their skill set is applicable. It is possible that candidates can be contacted for an interview up to 5 weeks after the application close date. Due to the high volume applications, the Kennedy Center Internship Office cannot answer any questions about the status of any particular applications. Applicants will be notified via the application system once all placements are filled.

If I am not selected for a Kennedy Center Internship, do I have to resubmit my application if I want to be considered again?

Yes! Applications are considered on a term-by-term basis, and as your qualifications may change over time, we like to see your most updated materials. We do keep applications on file, but candidates must reapply to be eligible.

I am applying for a summer internship, but I am currently a Freshman. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes! Rising Sophomores, who are Freshman at the time of application, are eligible to apply. To be considered for a Kennedy Center Collegiate Internship, you must be a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate up to one year post graduation.

Is the Kennedy Center Internship Program Paid?

The Kennedy Center Internship Program is unpaid.

Does the Kennedy Center Internship Program provide housing?

The Kennedy Center does not provide housing for interns, however, interns are encouraged to contact each other to arrange housing via a contact list and Facebook group created before each term.

Does the Kennedy Center internship Program provide transportation?

The Kennedy Center provides a smartrip metro card for every intern who requests one. Full time interns receive $120 per month loaded directly onto their smartrip card, which can be used on the bus, metro or circulator. Part time interns receive $6/day for each day they intern at the Kennedy Center.

Can I complete an internship for academic credit?

Yes! If you wish to complete this internship for academic credit, please notify your hiring supervisor during the interview process, and email all forms directly to the supervisor.

Have further questions?

Please email Megan Varn with any further questions.

Key Dates

Fall 2019 Term

Applications Due: July 15, 2019

Term Dates: September 9-December 13, 2019

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Summer 2019 Term

Application closed March 17, 2019

Term Dates: June 3-August 16, 2019

Spring 2020 Term

Term Dates: January 21-May 1, 2020

Application will be up on December 1, 2019