Join Our Team

Join Our Team!

Working at the intersection of creativity and care.

There is much work to be done to fulfill our vision. Check this page for upcoming opportunities to join our team of leaders, innovators, healers and creatives as we join forces to strengthen youth through the power of creativity.

Who would be a great fit at ARTS?

ARTS programs are rooted in the principles of Creative Youth Development (CYD). The ARTS team is focused on designing youth-centered programs that address the following themes and questions:

  • CREATE: What can I do? The focus is on young people developing their cognitive, creative, and artistic skills in integrated, affirming ways that cultivate flourishing and healing. 
  • CONNECT: Who am I and where do I belong? The focus is on young people exploring and building a strong sense of self in relationship to others, and making connections to civic engagement opportunities that center issues of equity and justice. 
  • CATALYZE: How can I contribute? The focus is on youth voice, narrative, and power as the foundation for catalyzing change in their lives and the communities where they live and go to school. 

ARTS Internship Opportunities

The application to apply for all internship roles can be found here. When applying, please be sure to include which internship your are interested in.


ARTS Market Makeover Intern

The ARTS “Market Makeover” series started in 2016 as a collaboration between A Reason To Survive, the City of National City, and local community and business partners in National City. We completed our first project in this series in Summer 2018, with the transformation of the Old Town Market & Cafe (formerly Big B Market). Check out the “community build day” video: 

For the next two projects in the series, ARTS received funding from NEA through their creative placemaking grant initiative called Our Town. These projects will serve to elevate outcomes around inclusive economic opportunities, community health, and cultural vitality.  ARTS will work with City government and local businesses to engage local youth in a community design process that results in creative works that reflect the goals of the project stakeholders as well as the wider community. Market Makeovers — consisting of murals, shade / rest areas, farm-stand build and interior space design — will serve as a culturally relevant, artistically appealing invitation to residents to access healthy spaces and produce as part of their daily life. Intern will work on at least one of the two selected markets located in National City.

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ARTS Communications Intern

The Communications Intern will support ARTS staff to refine and implement messaging strategies for ARTS. Applicants should be excited to use their skills in social media and graphic design to support the production of storytelling content that reaches residents, community partners, funders, and more. Experience or interest in strategic marketing to youth and families prefered. This position is an unpaid internship, but students may receive academic credit for their experience.

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ARTS Teaching Artist Assistant – Intern

The Teaching Artist Assistant (TAA) provides support to lead Teaching Artists (TA’s) teaching ARTS education programs for K-12 youth, all of which are currently conducted through online learning. Education programs include, but are not limited to, ARTS @ Home, ARTS 4 Justice, and Family and Me which may include taking part in planning meetings, ARTS Cares Kits distribution support, and preparing for the final virtual arts exhibit.

Under the direction of the Program Coordinator, the TAA will work closely with the lead Artist/Teaching Artist on developing and implementing lesson plans to ensure students have the guidance they need to develop artistic skills, while providing youth with social-emotional support, and ensuring that classes run as smoothly as possible, providing technical support during virtual classes.

ARTS is seeking individuals who have a solid background in visual arts, illustration, digital art, or other visual art forms; who are excited about working with young people; and who are culturally sensitive, inclusive and are able to work with diverse youth.

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Volunteer Registration Forms

To apply for a volunteer position, please complete and return a volunteer application, review and sign the ARTS volunteer policies and procedures, and attend one of our monthly volunteer orientations. During the orientation, you will receive instructions for additional requirements and training.

For questions regarding work opportunities, please contact Natalia at

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