Career Development Program

The Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program creates opportunities for exceptional high school seniors to participate in school-to-career activities in the arts and related industries. The goal is to expose students to the many career options in New York City’s $21 billion arts industry. CAE’s Career Development Program was created in 1999, and more than 600 students and 100 worksites have participated since then. CDP 2017 RGA visit and bootcamp

Each fall, students from participating schools throughout New York City go through a rigorous selection process, at the end of which 25 to 30 students remain. At the beginning of the spring semester, this select group takes part in an intensive, 3-week “bootcamp” orientation at CAE. The orientation provides job-skills training, showcases careers in the arts and related industries, and prepares students for thier worksite internship placements in fields including marketing, theater, design, music, architecture, the visual arts, and fashion.

CDP 2017 Group Picture

2017 internship worksites included: 

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Ballet Hispanico
  • BRIC Arts Media
  • Brooklyn Arts Council
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan
  • Community Word Project
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Harlem School of the Arts
  • Joyce Theater
  • LeAp
  • Lincoln Center Education
  • Midori and Friends
  • NY Philharmonic
  • Orchestra of St. Lukes
  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Rockwell Group
  • Roundabout Theatre Company
  • St. Nick's Alliance
  • Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Vital Theatre Company

"They taught us to believe in ourselves, which allowed us to shine."     -Student, Career Development Program

Once placed at their internships, students are assigned a project and a mentor. Recent interns' work has ranged from keeping press logs, to creating Flash animation, writing newsletters, and doing research for a television documentary.

The orientation curriculum addresses the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Education Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS), the New York State Learning Standards for Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS), and the New York City Performance Standards for Applied Learning. The curriculum handbooks are available to the general public for a nominal fee.

During the course of their 12-13-week internships, students:

  • receive support from a mentor at their worksite
  • receive regular feedback and support from their CAE mentors
  • receive a stipend in installments throughout the program
  • receive one elective credit from his/her high school

E-mail if you are a NYC High School to find out how your students can apply, or to become a CDP worksite and have an intern work with you. 

CDP 2017 walking to the Met