“I enjoy the ability to discuss art in a deeper sense,

to do more than simply decide if something is good or not.”

–Participant, California Institution, Los Angeles County (LAC- A)

Students from any college or university are invited to participate as interns or volunteers. We welcome interns from other colleges and universities. Interns that successfully complete an internship for credit are eligible to apply to paid internship positions. 

Internship Opportunities

As the only university-based Arts in Corrections (AIC) program in California, the Prison Arts Collective (PAC) is in a unique position to offer training and internships in the field.

Teaching Interns support our teaching teams on site, working with participants in our programs in the prisons. These positions are open to applicants with interest in the field. Experience teaching or working with the public is desired but not required. Depending on experience levels, teaching interns either start by assisting an experienced teaching artist or co-teach a class. These competitive internships are open to upper division students from any university, with priority given to SDSU, CSU San Bernardino and CSU Fresno art majors. 

Office Interns support the Director and Coordinator in the smooth operation of all programs, including holding office hours and completing administrative tasks under the direction of director and coordinator. Office interns help with data entry, filing, and office support. These positions are primarily open to SDSU, CSU San Bernardino and CSU Fresno students.


Process for ALL New Student Interns


About Us

The Prison Arts Collective works to expand access to the transformative power of the arts through collaboration and mutual learning that supports the development of self-expression, reflection, communication, and empathy through providing multidisciplinary arts programming in correctional institutions.

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