CUNY Cultural Corps

2016-17 CUNY Cultural Corps Cohort, Courtesy CUNY

The CUNY Cultural Corps, a partnership between the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) partners with City University of New York (CUNY) and The Rockefeller Foundation, 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. These 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.

Starting in fall 2016, the CUNY Cultural Corps launched with nearly 70 students placed in part-time, one-year paid internships throughout the Cultural Institutions Group [insert link to CIG page].  Initiated in the summer of 2017, the Cultural Corps Summer Intensive Recent places alumni of CUNY with expressed interest in pursuing a career in the arts and culture sector in a 9-week full-time paid work experience with arts and cultural organizations in a breadth of disciplines, sizes, and geographic locations across the five boroughs. Pending job availability and participant success, CUNY will work with the host site to explore the possibility of extending participant engagement with the site after program completion.

To learn more about the CUNY Cultural Corps, apply to be a host organization or a Corps member, visit the CUNY Cultural Corps website.