The Sarasota-Manatee Arts & Humanities (SMAH) Internship Program, or more recently called the NCF Community-Driven Internship Program, aims to increase equity and enhance access to paid arts and humanities-related internships through community-driven projects. Arts and humanities students who need to gain experience through internships find that opportunities available are mostly unpaid, creating a barrier for under-resourced students. By leveraging institutional resources, including grant funding and foundation support, this program uniquely funds community-driven projects through a request for internship proposal process, which in turn, provides paid opportunities for students. This model brings the career center, faculty, and community in partnership to develop high-quality internship experiences that meet community needs and correlate with students’ interests. The SMAH Internship Program showed that having access to paid internships increased arts and humanities students’ interest in pursuing an internship as part of their academic program, which is critical for a successful transition into meaningful careers. After a successful year, the program was able to expand its reach beyond arts and humanities internships this academic year with increased support and funding from private donors and community foundations.
Madeline (Maddie) Tympanick serves as the Assistant Director & Career Coach, overseeing internship programs and initiatives, within the Center for Career Engagement & Opportunity (CEO) at New College of Florida in Sarasota, FL. In her role, Maddie specializes in partnering with faculty to integrate experiential learning into academic programs and serves as a consultant for community partners developing internship programs/positions. She has developed and launched multiple programs that increase access to paid internships, including the Sarasota-Manatee Arts & Humanities (SMAH) Internship Program and a newly admitted internship scholarship that can be used for an unpaid or underpaid (below minimum wage) internship. Additionally, she is a skilled career coach with a passion for helping students become active agents in their own career planning. Maddie holds a B.A. in Communication with minors in Theater and Gender Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University, and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida.