Kennedy Center's Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) Internship Program

October 28, 2013

The Kennedy Center’s Experiential Education Initiative (EEI) Internship Program is currently seeking applications for the Winter-Spring 2014 EEI Internship Program semester, which runs January 27 - May 16, 2014. Information on the program and the application process are provided below:

program informaton and eligibility criteria

The Experiential Education Initiative Internship is an innovative program designed to offer meaningful instruction and cultural arts experiences to individuals with intellectual disabilities. The EEI Internship Program provides hands-on internships and opportunities to explore today’s complex performing arts environment to six motivated individuals each year. 

The goals of the Internship are to:

  • provide exposure to the performing arts;
  • develop social skills; and
  • offer opportunities to improve job-related skills.

Applicants must:

  • have a documented intellectual disability (as defined by The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission);
  • be between the ages of 19 and 30;
  • demonstrate an interest in the performing arts; and
  • be referred to the program through a social service agency. 

Internship benefits include:

  • hourly pay for 20 hours of work per week; and
  • free tickets to performances at the Kennedy Center.

All individuals who meet the qualifications and who are interested in the program are encouraged to apply. Please note that applications are only accepted through a referral from a social service agency (i.e. through a job coach, employment specialist, or teacher). The attached summary provides more details about the program.


To apply, please complete the attached application form in its entirety and send it along with a resume, two letters of recommendation, and documentation of an intellectual disability (i.e. a psychological evaluation or other document including an IQ score). Applications may be submitted by email at [email protected], fax at (202) 416-4840, or by mail to:

McKenzie Midock
VSA & Accessibility Office

The Kennedy Center

PO Box 101510

Arlington, VA 22210
The deadline to apply is Friday, November 15. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Once the complete application form has been received, staff will contact you to schedule a pre-interview appointment with the applicant and his/her job coach. The pre-interview is a brief opportunity for us to meet the EEI Internship applicant at the Kennedy Center, take a short tour of the building, and answer questions about the program. Please note that all spring semester applicants must be available to attend the Group Interview on Monday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. and the Internship Pre-Orientation on Tuesday, January 14 from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Both of these events are mandatory in order to be considered for placement.

If you have any questions about the application process or the program, please contact me at [email protected] or 202-416-8833.