Career Development Program

2014 CDP graduatesThe Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program creates opportunities for high school students and educators to participate in school-to-career activities in the arts and related industries. The goal: to expose students, teachers, counselors, and administrators 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.

Each fall, qualified students who attend one of twelve participating schools throughout New York City go through a rigorous selection process, at the end of which twenty-five students remain. At the beginning of the spring semester, this select group takes part in an intensive, two-week orientation at CAE. Also known as "Boot Camp", the orientation showcases careers in the arts and related industries as it provides job-skills training and prepares students for worksite internship placements in fields including marketing, theater, design, music, architecture, the visual arts, and fashion.

"They taught us to believe in ourselves, which allowed us to shine."

-Student, Career Development Program

Once they earn 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 13-week internships, students receive regular feedback and support from their worksite, CAE, and educator interns from their schools.

Each student also:

  • participates in a Career Awareness Day
  • receives a stipend
  • receives one elective credit from his/her high school

E-mail or call (212) 239-7818 to find out how to apply or to become a CDP worksite.