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“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 program in California, 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, while working with our programs’ participants in the prisons. These positions are open to applicants with interest in the field and 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 by co-teaching a class. These competitive internships are open to upper division students from any university, with priority given to SDSU, CSU San Bernardino, Cal Poly Humboldt, and CSU Fullerton 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 our director and coordinator. Office interns help with data entry, filing, and office support. These positions are primarily open to SDSU, CSU San Bernardino, Cal Poly Humboldt, and CSU Fullerton students.


Process for ALL New Student Interns

  • Meet with Prison Arts Collective Teaching Team Member on site (SDSU, CSU San Bernardino, Cal Poly Humboldt, and CSU Fullerton).

  • Complete an application in the PAC Office or download an application and email to


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