Creative Long Beach

Creative Long Beach is a semester long paid internship program that serves college students and arts and culture nonprofit organizations in the city of Long Beach. The Arts Council’s internship program matches upper division or graduate students at California State University, Long Beach’s (CSULB) College of the Arts and Long Beach City College (LBCC) students with Long Beach arts organizations. Students develop a deeper understanding of nonprofit arts administration and the role of the arts in the community. Participating host site organizations help develop new arts leaders while gaining the assistance of motivated students. Creative Long Beach aids with expanding Long Beach’s internship capacity and local hiring goals. In addition to working 10 hours at each organization students participate in programming events which include professional development events and a seminar.


Our Fall 2017 Creative Long Beach internship opportunities are now available. Please fill out this form if you are a student from LBCC or CSULB interested in the Arts Council for Long Beach’s Creative Long Beach Internship Program and look directly below for the links to the internship job descriptions.
For more information contact, Education & Community Programs Manager, Cynthia Lujan at 562.435.ARTS (2787) ext. 101.

Student Eligibility

  • Currently enrolled students at the time of the internship
  • Currently enrolled upper division undergraduate or graduate level California State University, Long Beach students with a major or minor in the College of the Arts.
  • Currently enrolled Long Beach City College students who demonstrate significant success in arts coursework and have completed at least 20 units in an arts related field.

Program Partners

Spring 2017 Intern Cohort

Curatorial Intern

at Able ARTS Work
Melissa Marinero
Currently Melissa is conducting interviews with artists at Able ARTS Work to help them complete their artist bios and resumes for future opportunities. She has also been working on putting portfolios together and is assisting in the reorganization of the physical and digital archives. Before completing her curatorial internship, she would like to curate a show that creates a platform for representation which highlights current and previous works by the many talented artists at Able ARTS Work. 

Marketing Intern

at the Arts Council for Long Beach
Ronnie De Leon
Works directly with Marketing and Grants Manager, Lisa DeSmidt and helps with website content and social media. He is an integral part of the marketing team and helps the Arts Council’s initiative of being a hub for city-wide arts marketing.

Arts Education Intern

at Long Beach Museum of Art
Rhiannon Beach
Works directly with the Director of Education, Lisa Marsh and her assistant Shiela at the Long Beach Museum of Art. They are heavily focused on encouraging students to be involved in the creative process and have worked very hard to be an influence of that to so many K-5 students in the Long Beach area. She has coordinated tours of the museum, lead a family workshop and is helping to write the next curriculum for students that come to visit the museum. 

Development Intern

at Long Beach Opera
Christa Weston
Continues into her year-long internship and works with Long Beach Opera’s Development and Marketing departments. They are in the middle of their 2017 spring season “Against the Tide.” She is learning about special event programming in nonprofit performing arts and has identified it is a long term career goal of hers. She has worked on planning and executing special donor events, receptions, back stage tours and lectures that coincide with each opera.

Music Education and Community Engagement Assistant Intern

at Long Beach Symphony
Nicholas Cotter
Long Beach Symphony’s Music Education Assistant Intern since August 2016. In this position, Nick has helped coordinate several of the Symphony’s education and community outreach programs. These include pre-concert lobby music ensembles (provided by local schools), performances for elementary and middle school students through the Elementary Ensemble and Symphony Concerts for Young People programs, and Instrument Petting Zoo showcase events around town. He looks forward to bringing the Instrument Petting Zoo program to Long Beach’s annual Beach Streets event and aims to show Long Beach Symphony’s influence on the community reaches far beyond the concert hall.

Curatorial Intern

at Rancho Los Cerritos
Kimberly Burch
Assists Curator, Sarah Fitzgerald at Rancho Los Cerritos with current and future curating projects. Her contributions have included writing wall texts, captions, archival and collection research, and exhibition layout. She curated a small Valentine’s Day Card “pop-up” exhibition independently, and has learned so much about the history of Long Beach, Rancho Los Cerritos, and the Bixby family’s invaluable contribution to our community. Going forward, she would like to examine and conduct research of their archive of photographs, and help facilitate more blog postings on their website.

Living Arts Intern

at United Cambodian Community
Keonemol (Nemo) Muong
At United Cambodian Community (UCC), Nemo is helping to continue their Living Arts Long Beach program and facilitating outreach activities to connect with the community. She helps introduce youth to various forms of art. The organization is currently expanding outreach by making a commercial and updating social media. One goal she has before ending her internship is to encourage and help Living Arts students pursue their career aspirations, whether it be in art or another field.

Graphic Design Intern

at University Art Museum
Anthony White
The Graphic Design Intern found the University Art Museum is a passionate organization that makes contemporary art more accessible for college students on campus. Under the guidance of Brian Trimble, he had the opportunity to aid this organization in reaching out to the student body, as well as those in the Long Beach community.

Spring 2017 Host Sites

Able ARTS Work 

Fueling creative arts opportunities for adults with developmental & intellectual disabilities

Arts Council for Long Beach

Fosters creativity and culture, enlivening communities and enabling a thriving economy.

Long Beach Museum of Art

A municipal art center founded in 1950 for the city of Long Beach.

Long Beach Opera

Expanding the boundaries of the opera experience in Southern California by presenting new and rarely performed works that engage a diverse audience and instill a love for opera in youth.

Long Beach Symphony

The mission of the Long Beach Symphony Association is to enrich our community by providing high quality traditional and contemporary symphonic music and educational experiences.

Rancho Los Cerritos

The mission of Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is to restore and preserve the ranch house structure and grounds; collect appropriate resources; and interpret the relationship of the Rancho’s diverse peoples, from the period before Spanish settlement when Native Americans controlled the land, through the development of the Long Beach area, to the present day.

United Cambodian Community

United Cambodian Community (UCC) promotes and advocates for the well-being and advancement of the Cambodian community.

University Art Museum

The mission of the University Art Museum is to present education and exhibitions programs that blur the boundaries between visual arts and design, technology, music, and contemporary culture.


Are you an organization interested in hosting a Creative Long Beach Intern for a semester? Please view our current guidelines for eligibility requirements and contact Cynthia Luján for a current application.

Program Sponsors

Jean Bixby Smith
Barbara Blackwell
Brigette Brown
Victoria Bryan
Loara Cadavona
Sherry Diamond
Stacey Gibbs
Linda Gunn
Dr. Ronald and Mrs. Sylvia Hartman
Joesph Herron
Dr. Randel King
Cyrus Parker-Jeannette
Jocelynn Pryor
Marco Schindelmann
Connie Sziebl
Brian Trimble
Ray Van Natta
Sharon Weissman

How can you participate?

Are you interested in supporting arts & culture in the city of Long Beach? Sponsor an intern!

Are you an arts leader who actively participates in the city of Long Beach? Speak at our upcoming Intern Professional Development Series!
Please contact

350 Elm Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802 / 562.435.ARTS (2787)


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