AAPAF Internship Award

About the Award

The AAPAF Internship Award provides opportunities for learning, exposure, and training for young professionals in arts management in an international festival context outside of his/her own home country. The Award also builds bridges between young Asian arts professionals and the AAPAF community to deepen and expand knowledge of Festival development in Asia.

Every year, AAPAF awards up to two (2) successful applicants USD 2,000 each to defray his/her travel and living expenses while attached to an AAPAF member festival for a minimum of four weeks. To widen the reach and benefits of the festival internship programme, recipients can only be awarded once.

Participating Member Festivals

The host festival(s) prepare a structured programme in consultation with the selected intern(s) on their scope of responsibilities and desired learning outcomes. The programme could cover various aspects of Festival work, such as programming & production management, marketing & public relations.

Who May Apply

Applicants should fulfill the following:
a. be resident in Asia and currently studying or practicing in the fields of festival management and/or arts administration;
b. apply only to intern at festival(s) located outside his/her country of residence;
c. have minimum academic qualifications of a university degree, and possess at least three (3) years of working experience in festival management and/or arts administration;
d. be below 35 years of age;
e. be able to satisfy the host festival's requirements.

Criteria of Assessment

a. Relevance of candidate's area of study and/or professional expertise in festival management or arts administration;
b. Strength of the candidate's experience and ambitions;
c. Relevance to his/her long term career interest

Applying for the Award

Applications must be made on a prescribed form, and a complete, hardcopy set of information must be received by the AAPAF Secretariat by a specified date. Applicants may be contacted for interviews conducted by local AAPAF representatives.

All applications will be evaluated by an AAPAF Assessment Panel.

Upon the candidate's acceptance of the Internship Award, the AAPAF Secretariat will facilitate initial discussions between the successful candidates and their host festivals. Host festivals and interns shall enter into a formal agreement with mutually-agreed terms and conditions of the internship programme.

Applications for the 2011 Award are not open yet.

You can refer to the 2010 Award guidelines here and the 2010 Award application form here.