artscouncilThe Arts Council for Long Beach has announced that a new Creative Long Beach internship program will offer top students internship positions throughout the creative economy of the City. The program aims to match motivated high-level arts students with positions that will enable them to develop the skills necessary to work in the creative industry.

Made possible by a generous gift from Linda L. Gunn and program partners California State University, Long Beach and Mayor Robert Garcia’s office, the internship will launch in the fall of 2015 and get this, will be paid. Five positions are available for the first semester and range from marketing and graphic design to development.

The internships are being offered at International City Theatre, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach Symphony, Museum of Latin American Art and University Art Museum. Applicants can apply by going to the websites of each aforementioned arts establishment.

Linda L. Gunn, said in a statement, “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.”

CSULB Logo“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,” she continued. “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, remarked, “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 by visiting the links of the arts organizations listed above. Applications are available now.

Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her @hugelandmass on Twitter and Instagram and at [email protected].