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Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Department of VSA and Accessibility seeks to serve youth with disabilities interested in pursuing careers in the arts, arts administration, and arts education by providing and investing in effective and innovative internship, apprenticeship, and training programs.

Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) Internship

The Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) Internship is an innovative program designed to offer meaningful instruction and cultural arts experiences to individuals with intellectual disabilities. The EEI Internship Program provides hands-on Internships and opportunities to explore today's complex performing arts environment to six motivated individuals each year. The goals of the Internship are to:

  • provide exposure to the performing arts;
  • develop social skills; and
  • offer opportunities to improve job-related skills.

Applicants must:

  • have a documented intellectual disability*;
  • be between the ages of 19 and 30;
  • demonstrate an interest in the performing arts; and
  • be referred to the program through a social service agency.

*As defined by The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. For more information, please go to

For more information on the program, including details on how to apply, please contact us at 202-416-8898 (voice/relay) or


National Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative

Through the National Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative, the VSA and Accessibility Department provides internship opportunities at arts and arts service organizations across the United States. These programs serve youth with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 21 who are seeking careers in the arts, arts administration, and arts education. In 2012, contracts of up to $10,000 were awarded to seven organizations in five states and the District of Columbia.


Internships and Fellowships

The Kennedy Center offers several types of internships and fellowships for individuals at varying stages in their arts administration careers. Programs specifically for individuals with disabilities are listed below. Information about other opportunities at the Center that are open to everyone, with or without disabilities, is available under the Kennedy Center's Arts Management programs.


Greater Washington Internship Coalition

The Greater Washington Internship Coalition is a group of internship programs serving young people with disabilities based in the greater Washington, DC area. The Coalition is a one-stop opportunity for students and emerging professionals with disabilities to find information on unique internship programs! Visit the website for more information.