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 2018-2019 school year:

2018-2019 Participating Organizations:

A.I.R. Gallery

Academy of American Poets

American Museum of Natural History

Americans for the Arts

Art in General

BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance

Bronx Council on the Arts

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

Carnegie Hall

Danspace Project, Inc.

El Museo del Barrio

Flushing Town Hall

Flux Factory

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

Gibney Dance

International Studio & Curatorial Program

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

King Manor Assoc. of LI (aka King Manor Museum)

Lehman College Art Gallery

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Madison Square Park Conservancy

More Art

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Museum of Jewish Heritage

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 Hall of Science

NoMAA (Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance)

PEN America

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Council on the Arts

Queens Museum

Queens Theatre


RPGA Studio

Rubin Museum of Art

Smack Mellon

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

Socrates Sculpture Park

South Street Seaport Museum

Staten Island Children’s Museum

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

Thalia Spanish Theatre

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Frick Collection

The Futuro Media Group

The Laundromat Project

The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Triangle Arts Association

Urban Bush Women

Voelker Orth Museum

Wave Hill

Whitney Museum

Wingspan Arts

Working Theater

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 OPEN AGAIN APPLY HERE NOW! Deadline EXTENDED TO: Sunday, September 9th at 11:59 pm EST. (Both application & recommendation must be in by this time.)

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.