Bloomberg Philanthropies Partners with EdVestors to Bring Arts Internship Program to Boston High School Students
(BOSTON) March 13, 2019 – EdVestors, a school improvement nonprofit in Boston, today announced a new partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies to bring the Bloomberg Arts Internship program to Boston. Twenty-five rising high school seniors will have paid internships this summer at local arts and cultural organizations. The unique program is designed to help students develop career skills, gain professional experience in the arts, and provides students college-readiness preparation. EdVestors will work with Boston organizations to recruit students and participating cultural organizations.
“The Bloomberg Arts Internship program and partnership with EdVestors will provide opportunities for young people in Boston to tap into our city’s vibrant arts and culture community and participate in ways they haven’t before,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Boston is a national leader in youth employment because we recognize the importance in giving teens the tools and confidence to succeed in their future careers. Building skills while working in our world class museums and community-based cultural institutions will open a window into a new world for many students, one that will inspire them to develop their potential, in college and in life, and strive to become the next generation of leaders.”
Boston is the newest city to join the Bloomberg Arts Internship program. The program originated in New York City in 2012, then expanded to Philadelphia in 2015 and Baltimore in 2017. More than 600 students have benefited from the program.
“Opportunities for Boston’s young people to engage in quality work-based learning experiences while in high school are a pressing need,” said Marinell Rousmaniere, CEO of EdVestors. “The Bloomberg Arts Internship in Boston sits squarely at the intersection of our work as lead partner for Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion and our newest career pathways initiative. We believe that bringing the Bloomberg Arts Internship initiative to Boston will help address opportunity gaps for Boston students and the equity gap in the local arts and culture workforce by building a pathway of opportunity in the sector for our young people from diverse backgrounds.”
Interns will develop fundamental skills necessary for transitioning to a postsecondary world, including writing for the workplace and college applications, public speaking, and interviewing skills. They will also begin developing professional networks and connections to the local labor market they may not have had otherwise...