Art Studio Internship, Serving Adults with Disabilities (Sunland, CA)

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Foundation Overview: Tierra’s mission is to “work continuously to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to participate, contribute, and succeed as productive and valued citizens of our community. In addition, we will communicate, educate and advocate to increase our community’s understanding and appreciation for the capabilities of the people we serve.” Our vision is that, “a strong and vibrant community is one in which all of its members contribute their strengths and assets to the common good. Tierra’s role in our community is to empower people with disabilities to fulfill their potential and desire to become productive citizens who are accepted and valued for the contributions they make to the economic, civic, and cultural vitality of our community. We are actively working toward the day when people with any type of disability are fully accepted in our community – as neighbors, co-workers, and contributors to our society.”

Internship Overview: The art studio of Tierra del Sol operates with the belief that creativity and artistic expression are not limited to physical or developmental challenges. Tierra provides a studio artist workspace, materials, instruction and a wide variety of media to explore. Artists choose their own subject matter and media, to best enhance their visual intent. Each artist brings to the studio diverse experiences, backgrounds and skill levels. By encouraging them to find their own style, these artists enter a visual dialogue and share the language of visual arts. This internship requires a minimum 3 month commitment (up to 6 months) and carries no offer or guarantee of employment with the organization.

Compensation: This internship is unpaid and compensated with skills development, acquisition of knowledge, and/or course credit from a college or university. This internship does not include medical benefits. While working with us, the intern will have access to our employee events and will be provided a supportive learning environment.

Tierra del Sol Foundation is amenable to accommodate your school’s internship or fieldwork credit requirements.

What you’ll gain by interning at Tierra: Tierra del Sol Foundation is a wonderful environment filled with welcoming and compassionate personnel. As a Tierra del Sol intern you will learn to develop art activities conducive to learning, curriculum implementation, and how to work with a variety of people with special needs. Our interns develop new skills, more confidence, and a greater understanding of special needs education, invaluable personal and professional development. Not only will you acquire an eclectic skill set, but you will also have an entry on your CV or résumé that will put you ahead most others in the job market.


Work directly with clients in the art studio led by a professional instructor.
Develop professional practices applied through portfolio preparation, marketing strategies, and exhibition development.
Support individual learning programs that foster creativity and artistic expression.
Assist with art events, installation, and exhibition of art works.
Assist in preparing educational materials and classroom organization tasks.
Facilitate client self- advocacy and choice making opportunities.


Requirements and Desired Qualities: The selected intern should demonstrate an interest in fine arts and creative expression. Applicants should have good communications skills, work well with others, and have an abundance of patience. The individual who is selected for this internship will need to to pass a DOJ LiveScan background check and TB test.

The intern is expected to commitment to a set schedule, typically 15-20 hours per week, 3-5 days per week, working 3 to 6 months, depending upon college credit requirements, with a minimum of 100 hours. Our program hours are 8:30am to 2:30pm, Monday thru Friday. We have flexibility within these times for the selected individual to intern with us.

Applicants must have an affable disposition and an interest in helping adults with developmental disabilities

Intern should demonstrate an interest in the arts and creative expression.

All Interns are required to be enrolled in an accredited university and complete and pass background check and TB test, both provided by Tierra.

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