Creative Long Beach Internship Program

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 two professional development events and a seminar.

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.

Current Opportunities for Fall 2018:


2018 Intern Cohort

Judy Estrada

Judy Estrada

Marketing and Special Projects

While attending Long Beach City College Judy was a member of Club D’Art where she acted as an integral part of planning From Within, Long Beach City College’s first off campus gallery exhibit. Through this project she found a passion for marketing, public engagement and the promotion of art and artists within the city. She then transferred to California State Long Beach where she was invited to intern for The Long Beach College Promise while being a direct recipient of that very promise of higher education to LBUSD students. She now joins us, at the Arts Council for Long Beach working with Marketing and Grants Manager, Lisa DeSmidt where she will help plan and implement marketing strategies through creating website content, social media content and public engagement. As a Long Beach native, she enjoys seeing the breath of fresh art has whispered in  to some of the underserved parts of Long Beach and looks forward to being an integral part of this ongoing effort.

Arturo Baez

Arturo Baez

Interpretive Education Intern

Arturo Baez is currently serving his Creative Long Beach term as an Interpretive Education Intern at the Museum of Latin American Art. Arturo helps the museum by assisting the Curator of Education, Gabriela Martinez conduct research regarding future exhibitions, and creating educational material for docents. His goals are to learn as much as possible about running a non-profit organization that focuses on Latin American Art and art education, and to expand his network within that community. Arturo is currently a junior at California State University Long Beach studying studio art.

Rebekah Ressler

Rebekah Ressler

Living Arts Intern

Rebekah Rose is a local Long Beach yoga teacher and college student. She is currently enrolled full time at Long Beach City College where she is getting her associate’s degree for creative writing and hopes to transfer to Long Beach State for art illustration. Rebekah’s work with yoga has been focused mostly on using the practice for healing and overcoming the effects of trauma. As she continues to develop herself professionally, she hopes to fuse her passion for the arts with her love of yoga to create programs where students can heal and express themselves through these two outlets.Rebekah is excited about having the opportunity to intern with Living Arts Coordinator, Sayon Syprasoeuth in the Living Arts Long Beach program at United Cambodian Community. Being allowed to learn under and network with working professional artists, while also participating as a youth mentor is an experience she didn’t expect to get as an undergrad and for that she is truly grateful.

Nicholas Brown

Nicholas Brown

Graphic Design Intern

Nicholas Brown has always felt drawn to art and the art community, this passion has lead him to pursue a career in art. He is currently working on his last semester in the BFA Graphic Design program at California State University Long Beach and is currently the graphic design intern at the University Art Museum (UAM) on campus. He works directly with Museum staff, Amanda Fruta, the public Affairs & Communications Specialist and Brian Trimble, Associate Director. This internship stood out to Nicholas, because he has an interest in applying his BFA with the type of work museums do and the artists they represent. He hopes to learn about and become involved with the inner workings of a museum and the museum community, specifically working with curators and artists to create inspiring and welcoming environments that help audiences explore art and culture.

Andrea Gutierrez

Andrea Gutierrez

Curatorial Intern

Andrea Gutierrez is a junior at California State University Long Beach in the BFA painting and drawing program. She is currently the Curatorial Intern at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site where she works closely with supervisor Sarah Wolk FitzGerald, Historical Curator. At Rancho Los Cerritos she is learning museum curation, exhibition design and collections care among other things. Her goal is to learn as much as she can to help further her career in the arts.

Bailey O'Donnell

Bailey O'Donnell

Development Intern

Bailey O’donnell is currently interning at the Long Beach Opera under the director of the development, Jennifer Rivera. She has been helping the Opera with general activities and events like the Invention of Morel, LBO’s upcoming opera written by Stewart Copland (the drummer of the Police). Moving forward, Bailey hopes to gain more insight into the world of arts organizations and the logistics it takes for one to function smoothly, as she is an aspiring musician and feels that this knowledge will greatly benefit future projects. Thus far, the position has proved to be an extraordinarily valuable experience, and she hopes to look forward to exploring all the opportunity has to offer.

Matthew Lopez

Matthew Lopez

Education and Community Engagement Intern

Matt is a Graduate student at Cal State Long Beach earning a M.M in flute performance. He is the education and community engagement intern for Long Beach Symphony, working with Issy Roberts, Director of Education and Special Events. Matt has been engaged with communicating with high school volunteers, gathering data from ensemble performances, and helping stage at the Toyota Youth Concerts. Matt will continue to be involved with education and the community including managing the Instrument Petting Zoo in April. He hopes to learn enough about arts administration to start a successful career and possibly continue to work for Long Beach Symphony.

Program Partners

Professional Development Series 

In addition to working at each host site organization, interns participate in programming which includes two professional development events and one annual seminar. The first professional development event is in partnership with The Nonprofit Partnership and the second with CSULB’s Career Development Center as well as three community professionals. Through this programming students learn about the fundamentals of nonprofits, are exposed to career resources, and hear from Long Beach community professionals on how the arts and culture sector has served as a stake in their creative career.Save

Spring 2018 Host Sites

Fox Coffee House and Gallery
Host of Long Beach Ukulele Club with rotating art exhibitions set inside a cozy coffee shop.
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Fox Coffee House and Gallery

Museum of Latin American Art (molaa)
The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is located in downtown Long Beach, California. Housed in a contemporary structure designed
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Museum of Latin American Art

Host Site Eligibility

Are you an organization interested in hosting a Creative Long Beach Intern for a semester? For current guidelines, host site eligibility requirements, and current application please contact, Education & Community Programs Manager, Cynthia Lujan at 562.435.ARTS (2787) ext. 101.

Creative Long Beach Internship Program Committee

Barbara Blackwell
Victoria Bryan
Linda Gunn
Tasha Hunter, Board President
Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, Committee Chair
Sharon Weissman


This program is supported by our generous donors:


Jean Bixby Smith
Brigette Brown
Loara Cadavona
Sherry Diamond
Stacey Gibbs
Dr. Ronald and Mrs. Sylvia Hartman
Joesph Herron
Dr. Randel King
Jocelynn Pryor
Marco Schindelmann
Connie Sziebl
Brian Trimble
Ray Van Natta

This program is unlike any other. I have gained the support of people who inspire me to change the world.
-Louise Nguyen, Development Intern at Long Beach Opera, Spring 2016


  • Are you a student interested in learning more about our next internship opportunities?
  • Are you an organization interested in hosting a Creative Long Beach intern for a semester?
  • Are you an arts leader who would like to share your experience at our next career panel for our interns?
  • Are you a community member interested in supporting arts & culture in the city of Long Beach? Sponsor an intern!

Please contact, Education & Community Programs Manager, Cynthia Lujan using the form below or at 562.435.ARTS (2787) ext. 101

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