Creative Connections - Teaching Artist Interns


Teaching Artist Interns are UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) graduate and undergraduate students majoring in Art, Dance, Drama or Music. We are looking for teaching artist interns who are passionate about teaching, looking for teaching experience, and enjoy working with young artists! Our goal is to provide CTSA students with training and a pathway to continuing their arts education while providing equitable access to arts education to area K-12 students.

Beginning in the Fall Quarter, Teaching Artist Interns are selected via a competitive application process and receive training in youth protection, lesson planning, classroom management, teaching and learning styles, along with resources and support from staff and area educators. They are matched with an area Educator who they will observe teaching at least once before the end of the Fall Quarter.

Projects and Workshops are developed collaboratively with the Teaching Artist Interns and their Educators. Projects provide sustained access to arts education and span an entire school-year. Beginning in the Winter Quarter and continuing into the Spring Quarter, Teaching Artist Interns instruct lessons, coach students, and implement their projects. During this time, Teaching Artist Interns are expected to spend at least one (1) hour, and not more than three (3) hours, per week implementing their project. Past projects include, visual art and science integrated drawing lessons, guest choreography sessions, monologues direction, and one-to-one music lessons. 

Please note, we do our best to match the interests of the Teaching Artist Interns with the needs of the Educators, because of this, we may not be able to partner all Teaching Artist Interns with Educators.

Teaching Artist Interns may either receive credit or be paid for completing a Creative Connections project. The Creative Connections program may be used to fulfill the Major in Education Sciences practicum requirement, and the internship requirement for the Minor in Civic and Community Engagement.

2020-21 Creative Connections Teaching Artist Intern Applications are now open. Click the button below to apply!

The 2020-21 project timeline will be:

September 30

Deadline for Intern and Educator Applications

October 5-9

Intern Interviews

October 12, 2-4pm

Orientation & Receive Match via Zoom


Interns Plan/Collaborate/Meet with Educator

October 12-23

Training Module 1 via Canvas

October 23, 2-4pm

Module 1 Meeting via Zoom

October 23-November 6

Training Module 2 via Canvas


Intern Observe Classroom, Plan/Collaborate/Meet with Educator

November 6, 2-4pm

Module 2 Meeting via Zoom

November 6-20

Training Module 3 via Canvas

November 20, 2-4pm

Module 3 Meeting via Zoom

November 20-December 4

Training Module 4 via Canvas

December 4, 2-4pm

Module 4 Meeting via Zoom

December 4-January 29

Training Module 5 via Canvas

January 4-31

Interns Implement First Lesson for Students, Plan/Collaborate/Meet/Reflect

January 29, 2-4pm

Module 5 Meeting via Zoom


Interns Implement Lessons

May 28, 2-4pm

End of Year Celebration via Zoom


Questions? Contact Megan Belmonte at 949.824.8976 or