THE ABI PROGRAM
ABOUT ARTBOUND INITIATIVE
Launched since 2016, ArtBound Initiative (ABI) is a New York City based agency for individuals seeking professional advancement in the creative fields at an international level. We offer practical and academically relevant internships that allows our participants to become more competitive applicant to desirable positions in several creative industries upon completion of the program.
ARTBOUND INITIATIVE IN NUMBERS
Partner companies across our locations
of participants get hired after their internship
Average online rating across 250 reviews
OUR ALUMNI GOT HIRED AT
OUR UNIVERSITY PARTNERS
The ArtBound Initiative program prepares students and recent grads for their careers and connects them with internship opportunities with creative companies in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Melbourne, and Sydney.
PERSONALIZED COACHING WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
Participants will get access to our online coaching platform - where they will complete around 50 hours of professional development work - which also includes working with our career coaches for resume and portfolio reviewing, as well as getting on one-on-one sessions with industry mentors.
The curriculum will consist of:
Career development workshops
Résumé/CV coaching and review session
Portfolio review and/or industry professional coaching session
Soft skill training: networking, online brand and elevator pitch
GUARANTEED INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT
With an expansive network of leading creative companies, ArtBound Initiative (ABI) provides access to creative industries that are notoriously insular. We are partners with 250 creative companies which allows us to provide participants a guaranteed internship placement tailored to their career goals.
The timing of the placement will vary from each participant (usually 4-8 weeks). Below are some of our company partners:
THE ABI NETWORK
The ArtBound Initiative program is not only about an internship, but it's about a community. Newcomers can connect with our international network of 350 current and past participants through our dedicated networking app and meet during our monthly events.
TRAVEL & ON-SITE SUPPORT
We offer travel and on-site support for our international programs, which include:
ABI pre-trip information package, including ABI city guide to local creative scenes
ArtBound Initiative is committed to making the program accessible to students around the globe. We have awarded over $60,000 USD in scholarships since 2016.
Inclusive Scholarship - $250 off the program tuition
Ambassador Scholarship - $1000 off the program tuition
Creative Diversity Program - The Creative Diversity Program is available for seniors or recent graduates in the United States from backgrounds traditionally excluded from the creative industries. This program will offer students:
1. A Full Scholarship for the ArtBound Initiative program (worth US$1950) which includes personalized coaching, events, networking opportunities and access to our international network of alumni.
2. A paid internship opportunity in New York City with one of our company partners.
Read more about our scholarships here.
2D & 3D Animation
Music Business & Publishing
Studio Arts (multi-disciplinary)
Artist Studio Management
Gallery & Curatorial
BUDGETING & PROGRAM TUITION FEE
Our local program tuition fee is USD $1950 and our international program is USD $2950, which will also vary based on the duration of the internship. For our international program, the tuition fee does not include visa, insurance, housing and flight costs.
Participants can choose either one of the following:
PAY IN 30:
> 25% deposit
> Remaining balance after 30 days
PAY IN INSTALLMENTS:
> 25% deposit
> 3 separate installments*
*Incurs additional 5.8% service fee
RECOMMENDED BUDGET FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
Traveling and living abroad always has a cost and participants should carefully review and consider if they have adequate financial resources before deciding to undertake an international internship.
Click here to view a detailed breakdown of the recommended budget needed for our international programs.
ABI has instituted a limited cancellation policy in line with current international education provider standards from which it cannot depart. Cancellations must be sent in writing via electronic mail. Phone calls are not acceptable. No refunds will be made other than those specified below.
1. Participant initiated program withdrawal:
Once initial deposit payment has been received, participant has a maximum of 5 calendar days from the deposit payment date to request a full refund less administrative fee.*
After 5 calendar days of initial deposit payment, a maximum of 50% refund of the full program fee less administrative fee can be granted upon written request should the participant wish to withdraw participation.
If at least one company has offered an internship to the participant, a maximum of 25% refund of the full program price less administrative fees can be granted upon written request should the participant wish to withdraw participation.
If the participant has confirmed acceptance of an internship with a partner company, no refund will be granted.
If ABI sets up less than 5 interviews within 60 days of the initial employer outreach date AND participant is not accepted into a company, ABI can issue a full refund less administrative fees should the participant wish to withdraw participation.
2. ABI initiated program termination:
If participant conducts at least 5 interviews AND is not accepted by any of the 5 companies, ABI reserves the right to terminate participation with a maximum of 50% refund of the full program fee less administrative fees.
If a participant fails to follow our code of conduct, ABI will administer a written warning on the first offense and reserves the right to terminate participation with no refund granted on the second offense. See our code of conduct policies for more detail.
*Administrative fee is USD $150.
PROGRAM DEADLINES & TIMELINES
Participants will fill our application form, submit resume, essays and portfolio (if they are a creative)
Interview with our Head of Admissions to talk about motivations to join the program and preferred internship types
The ArtBound Initiative committee will review application materials and will notify participants of their acceptance
If participants have been accepted, they will have seven days to confirm their participation in the program
We offer internships year-round and have a rolling admissions process. For our local and virtual programs, applicants should apply no later than 3 months prior to their internship start date. For our international programs, applicants should apply no later than 6 months prior to their internship start date.
As an example, below are the application deadlines for Summer in Australia and the US:
Summer in the US (May - June start dates): Dec 15
Summer in Australia (Nov - Feb start dates): May 15
HEALTH & SAFETY
We recognize that our responsibility is to ensure that programs are designed and operated with the health and safety of participants as the highest priority.
Following are some of the ways which help to manage risk, and prepare participants ahead of the trip and respond if problems occur:
Each participant is required to complete a Student Health Questionnaire to be reviewed by a staff member and to disclose any health conditions which may impact their time abroad.
Participants will undergo a pre-departure orientation, as well as an on-site orientation to prepare them for any safety or health problems that may arise. Pre-departure orientation includes information about health and safety issues.
We require that each participant has an emergency contact listed on their application whom we can notify in case of emergencies.
Participants carry international medical and accident insurance coverage. Insurance is included in each program. Participants are covered for accidents or illness while enrolled in the program. The insurance includes a 24/7 hotline for emergencies.
In-city orientation upon arrival to provide tips on transportation and safety rules
Monthly check-ins with our Program Coordinators
Participants update monthly an Internship Journal for ABI to keep track of their progress
Any complaints are taken extremely seriously and mitigated as quickly as possible by our Program Coordinators
Offboarding orientation at the end of their internship
Feedback survey for program improvements
Participants will still have access, even after their internship, to our exclusive alumni network where we share job opportunities and events
ArtBound Initiative is committed to providing comprehensive support by assigning one Program Coordinator to one participant from pre-departure, during the program and post-program to ensure they get the best experience possible.
Comprehensive city guide about the destination
Visa & Insurance assistance