Office of Career Services

New York Arts Program

The New York Arts Program is designed to provide interested students in any major the opportunity to experience working in an arts related field of their choice and earn up to 15 academic credits in the process. Selected students spend a semester living in New York City and working as an intern/apprentice.

art contest winner 2008 3 Graphic provided by 2009 Design Contest Winner Kelly Johnson

Former students have interned with Saturday Night Live, Glamour, Teen Vogue, NBC, MTV, VH1, Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights, Strasburg Institute, Young Peoples Chorus of NYC, and many others. The opportunities provided through the New York Arts Program are priceless and can oftentimes lead to careers within their selected field.  A New York Arts Program representative visits Southwestern annually to meet with interested students.  For more information about the program, please contact Dana Luna, Internship Coordinator, who serves as the On-Campus New York Arts Program Representative.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed as they are received.  It is to your advantage to apply early.  Final deadlines are:

Fall:  March 31

Spring:  October 1

Note:  There is no summer program available; however, program housing is available in the summers to those students who have completed the New York Arts Program. 


Inside the NY Arts Program

One of the best ways to gather information about a program is to gain access to the thoughts, feelings and experiences of someone who has lived it. Internship Development sat down with SU Student Desiree Johnson, a senior communication studies major, to find out what it was really like interning with the New York Arts Program.

Desiree Johnson ’07
Who did you intern with in NYC?

D.J-“Glamour Magazine in the Conde Nast building on Times Square.”

What surprised you about the internship?

D.J.-“What surprised me was the sheer amount of work that is behind the scenes in the fashion department. Out of all the departments, I would say the fashion department puts in the most amount of work time outside the office.”

What was most rewarding?

D.J-“Simply being a part of the magazine process and seeing how my department worked with others to get it all done by the deadline. Plus it was fun to see the magazine being formed before even the subscribers saw it!”

What was the best part of your internship?

D.J-“Definitely living in the city of New York. The house the New York Arts Program provides is in the center of Manhattan and close to just about everything.”

Is there one event that you will remember forever?

D.J.- “Absolutely! I earned the opportunity to work as a fashion assistant and was able to meet and dress John Legend, Josh Hartnett, and the 4 main actors from NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Southwestern University students have previously

interned with the following companies:

  • Ensemble Studio Theatre
  • Strasberg Institute
  • Tony Origlio Public Relations
  • Glamour Magazine
  • GOOD Music
  • Saturday Night Live Music
  • Art Studios of Sculptors
  • Charles Ross & Jill O’Brien
  • City Center Marketing and Development Department
  • Chicago City Limits
  • MTV, VH1
  • NBC, Entertainment Publicity
  • NBC Program Standards
  • Whitney Museum
  • Dixon Place Theatre
  • The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institue
  • Dodger Stage Holding Theatricals
  • Randy Carfagno, Puppeteer
  • House of Power Records
  • Rogers & Cowan
  • I Caramba Communications
  • Shaw Delany, Painter
  • Passport Recording
  • NBC Nightly News
  • Nancy Hoffman Gallery
  • W Magazine