Welcome Interns! 

The Art of Giving Foundation offers internships to graduate students working toward a master’s degree in art therapy. Internship opportunities are available during the academic year from January through August (minimum of 24 hours per week).

Students are given opportunities to build independent professional skills, strengthen therapeutic skills in both group and individual settings, and develop assessment and intervention skills. The student’s Internship Coordinator (a licensed Illinois art therapist) provides supervision, instruction and guidance.

Graduate students’ hours will be determined according to school requirements.

Criteria for Art Therapy Graduate Internship Candidates

Before applying for an art therapy internship in the Art Therapy Division at Art of Giving Foundation, please review the following criteria to make certain you qualify:

  • Our program is only for students in the second or third year of their master’s degree in art therapy
  • Students will have coursework in art therapy and child development.
  • Students will have experience working with young children and/or young adults.
  • Students will have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
  • A minimum of 50 hours of experience working/volunteering with children is required.
  • Students will provide three letters of professional reference with at least one from an academic institution and one from a supervisor of your direct work with children.
  • Students must be enrolled in a university program (student’s university will be required to engage in a contractual relationship with Art of Giving Foundation.)

Requirements for Art Therapy Internship Application Process

  • Application deadline: Must be postmarked by March 1
  • All materials must be received by this date for internship consideration

To submit an application, please observe the following steps:

1. View and complete the form below

2. Mail a copy of:

  • Your resume
  • Official college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate), sealed by registrar
  • Three written professional references, sent in a sealed envelope with the sender’s signature across the seal

3. Send to:

Art of Giving Foundation
Art Therapy Division
Attn: Autumn Pippenburg
842 N California Ave. Suite 1 Chicago, IL 60622

Email application to: and

(If your application is emailed, references and transcripts must still be sent as described above in the mail and postmarked by the application deadline date.)

The student coordinator will review your application and notify you of next steps.

Art Therapy Internship Requirements & Expectations

A complete orientation to the Art of Giving Foundation Art Therapy Program including criminal background check will be completed prior to the start of the internship. Background checks must be completed no later than July 1.

The following will be required of all graduate students during internship:

  • Written goals and objectives for the internship experience
  • Weekly meetings with student Internship Coordinator
  • Case study presentation to the Art of Giving Foundation staff including reflections from group experiences throughout internship
  • Attendance at Art of Giving Foundation in-person staff training
  • Participation in a midterm and final evaluation process

Clinical Practicum/ Art Therapy Internship Information

Please provide at least 3 references with your application.
All enclosed letters must be sealed and in a signed envelope. Submit your references to:

Art of Giving Foundation
842 N California Avenue, Suite 1
Chicago, IL 60622

This completes the application. Please click the submit button. Someone will review your application and be in touch with you within a couple days.

If you have any questions about our internship opportunities, please contact our intern coordinator, Jessica Cairo, at