In fall of 2016, the City University of New York (CUNY) partnered with New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and The Rockefeller Foundation to launch the CUNY Cultural Corps, which creates opportunities for CUNY students to work in the City’s cultural sector. Modeled after the CUNY Service Corps, which provides hundreds of CUNY students with paid work experience in civic-oriented jobs in community-based organizations and government agencies, the Cultural Corps aims to be a strong student pipeline for successful alumni into New York City’s arts and culture institutions. This internship program was created as a response to a report released that year by the Department of Cultural Affairs highlighting a lack of diversity in NYC cultural institutions.

Partnering institutions include non-profit cultural organizations involved in the visual, literary and performing arts as well as public-oriented science and humanities institutions including zoos, botanical gardens and historic and preservation societies. Why partner with CUNY Cultural Corps?

The following institutions are participating in CUNY Cultural Corps for the 2017-2018 school year:

2017-2018 Participating Organizations:

American Museum of Natural History
A.I.R. Gallery
Academy of American Poets
Americans for the Arts
Amigos del Museo del Barrio Inc.
BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
Brooklyn Arts Council
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Carnegie Hall
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA)
Cool Culture
Danspace Project
Flushing Town Hall
Flux Factory
Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
Gina Gibney Dance, Inc.
International Studio & Curatorial Program
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL)
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Madison Square Park Conservancy
Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication
Museum of the City of New York
Museum of the Moving Image

New York Botanical Garden
New York City Ballet
New York City Center
New York Foundation for the Arts
New York Hall of Science
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs / Materials for the Arts
Queens Botanical Garden
Queens Historical Society
Queens Museum
Queens Theatre
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Socrates Sculpture Park
South Street Seaport Museum
Staten Island Children’s Museum
Staten Island Museum
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
Talea Ensemble
Thalia Spanish Theatre Inc
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
The Frick Collection
The Horticultural Society of New York
The Laundromat Project
The Rubin Museum of Art
Urban Bush Women
Urban Word NYC
Whitney Museum of American Art
Wildlife Conservation Society/ New York Zoos & Aquarium
Wingspan Arts

2018-2019 Cultural Corps Programs:

During 2018-2019, CUNY Cultural Corps will provide two programs, one for recent alumni and the other for current students. Learn more by clicking on the links below:

1. Cultural Corps Summer Intensive

2. Cultural Corps Academic Year Internship

You may also learn more about the programs by registering to view previously recorded webinars. View Corps Member Webinar

Corps Member Applications:

The corps member application deadline for the 2018 CUNY Cultural Corps Summer Intensive is now closedDeadlines: Original – February 26th; Extended – March 11, 2018.

The corps member application for the 2018-2019 CUNY Cultural Corps Academic Year Internship is now closed. Deadlines: Priority – February 16th; Final – March 16th, 10am

Check out our Prospective Corps Member FAQ page

Host Site Applications:

The host site application for the 2018 Cultural Corps Summer Intensive is now closed. Deadline: March 7, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.

The host site application for the 2018-2019 Academic Year Internship is now closed. Deadline: April 2, 2018 at 10:00 am EST.

Check out our Prospective Host Site FAQ page.