ArtForce Iowa Social Justice Summer Internship Cohort

ArtForce Iowa created the Social Justice Summer Internship Cohort to provide opportunities for undergraduates to explore their own values and to learn strategies that they can use to implement their values in their careers and life’s journey while contributing positive youth development in the nonprofit world. 

This eight-week virtual internship cohort is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors attending the University of Notre Dame. ArtForce Iowa is especially interested in applications from students who represent marginalized communities (BIPOC, refugee, immigrant, LGBTQ+, experience with poverty, food insecurity or homelessness) and/or who are interested in furthering social justice causes in our systems, organizations and corporations. ArtForce Iowa will provide any necessary training, including in Youth Mental Health First Aid, healing-centered engagement, and safe spaces. Learning with ArtForce Iowa is constructed through art-making, but we encourage applicants from every discipline and any level of experience with art. Divergence and diversity are our strengths when we work together. Intern assignments will be based upon interests and skills. Interns will also have opportunities to work with youth in virtual art-making workshop settings.

ArtForce Iowa has a mission to transform youth in need through art. ArtForce Iowa looks to uplift and center the voices of youth who have experienced systemic trauma. We primarily serve youth who are marginalized by systems, and meet them with love and acceptance in our supportive arts community. For more information about ArtForce Iowa, visit For more information about the internship, including a detailed schedule for the eight weeks, visit For an example of a recent ArtForce Iowa project, check out KNOWJUSTICE: Know Change.

Application Instructions

First, be sure that you have reviewed all of the information above and at When you are ready to apply, please complete the online application form and ask a recommender to submit a recommendation on your behalf to by May 21, 2021. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until this date. When selecting a recommender, you should select someone who knows you well and can offer the most detailed answers to the questions in the recommender instructions below. You can find a PDF version of the application form here, so you can prepare it ahead of time. Here are the instructions that you can send to your recommender:

"You are being asked to provide a recommendation for an applicant to the ArtForce Iowa Social Justice Summer Internship Cohort. ArtForce Iowa would like you to send a brief recommendation to that addresses the following questions: What do you believe the applicant values and how have you observed them living their life in a way that demonstrates these values? Why do you think participating in the ArtForce Iowa Social Justice Summer Internship Cohort would be a valuable experience for this young person? Please submit this recommendation, which can be informal, to by May 21, 2021. You can send the letter in the body of an email or signed on letterhead. Thank you for your time, and please direct questions to Jeff Thibert, the Paul and Maureen Stefanick Director of the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), at"