National Cohort for the Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) Internship Program Selected for 2021

Americans for the Arts and its partners, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts and Culture, are excited to announce the 25 interns selected to participate in the 2021 Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) program’s Nashville, New Jersey, and New York City virtual cohorts. This summer will mark the 29th year of the DIAL internship.

Each year, the DIAL program matches undergraduate students from backgrounds underrepresented in arts leadership with dynamic communities, energetic host arts organizations, and mentors committed to helping to guide students’ personal and professional growth during a 10-week summer internship.

The 2021 DIAL internship will be virtual and will offer interns with:

  • Remote work placement at an arts nonprofit in one of three national locations: Nashville, Southern New Jersey, and New York City
  • $4,500 pre-tax summer work stipend
  • 30+ hours of professional development workshops, arts activities, facilitated discussions, and more
  • Individual mentor pairing
  • Access to the national DIAL intern cohort and robust DIAL alumni network

From 504 applications received from candidates throughout the country, 25 have been selected for the 2021 program. The interns for the three locations are:


Chloe Little (she/her), a senior at Florida International University majoring in International Relations and a certificate in Law, Ethics and Society
Grace Kim (she/her), a sophomore at Vanderbilt University majoring in Music: Integrated Studies/Teacher Education
Maya Brown (she/her), a senior at Spelman College majoring in Creative Arts Management
Mikayla Gary, a senior at Cleveland State University majoring in Public Management and Policy with a minor in Black Studies
Paula Wilson (she/her), a senior at Indiana University majoring in Flute Performance with a minor in Arts Management

New Jersey

Mikayla Bush (she/her), a senior at Georgia State University majoring in Music Education and minoring in Non-Profit Leadership
Randy Campo (he/him), a senior at Rutgers University double majoring in Theatre Arts and Communication
Malcolm Davis (he/him), a sophomore at Lawrence University double majoring in Percussion Performance and Government
Mimi Laws (she/her), a junior at University of Richmond majoring in Leadership Studies and minoring in Business Administration
Maya Mangum (she/her), a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in Painting and Printmaking
Camryn Morrow (she/her), a junior at University of Cincinnati majoring in Human Development and Community Engagement
Nelly Sanchez (they/them), a sophomore at the College of New Jersey majoring in Interactive Multimedia
Emily Springer (she/her), a sophomore at Hunter College majoring in Africana and Puerto Rican/Latinx Studies and a certificate in Arts Management

New York City

Alexander Gomes (he/him), a senior at University of North Carolina in Charlotte double majoring in Theatre and Health Systems Management
Aurimar Baez-Collazo (she/her), a sophomore at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón majoring in Production for Digital Media
Austin Kim (he/him), a sophomore at Pomona College double majoring in Sociology and Asian American Studies with a minor in Studio Art
Brian Le (he/him), a junior at Emory University double majoring in Strategy and Management Consulting and Music
Fabia St. Juste (she/her), a sophomore at Cornell University majoring in Fine Arts
Harrison Clark (he/him), a junior at Tufts University majoring in International Relations with a language concentration in Arabic
Jennifer Villa (she/her), a senior at Mount Holyoke College majoring in Art Studio and Anthropology
Kaleb Stevens (he/him), a junior at Iowa State University majoring in Community and Regional Planning
Leon Caleb Christian (he/him; they/them), a senior at New York University majoring in Digital Media, Culture, Communications and the Business of Entertainment
Rafael Abdulmajid (they/them), a senior at CUNY City College of New York majoring in Theater
Sarah Cecilia Bukowski (she/her), a sophomore at Columbia University majoring in Ethnicity & Race Studies and minoring in dance
Vivian Gonzalez (she/her), a senior at University of Texas at Austin double majoring in Theatre & Dance Honors and Corporate Communication with a minor in Arts Administration

Learn more about the DIAL program here, or contact Ami Scherson, Equity in Arts Leadership Program Coordinator, for more information.

The 2021 cycle of the Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program is made possible thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, Con Edison, Howard Gilman Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the Kutya Major Foundation.

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