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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

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Interns placed

370

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Partner companies across our locations

250

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60%

of participants get hired after their internship

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Average online rating across 250 reviews

9.4/10

OUR ALUMNI GOT HIRED AT

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OUR UNIVERSITY PARTNERS

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ABOUT US

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.

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PROGRAM BENEFITS

 

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

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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:

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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.

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TRAVEL & ON-SITE SUPPORT

We offer travel and on-site support for our international programs, which include: 

 

  • Visa processing

  • Insurance arrangements

  • Housing arrangements

  • ABI pre-trip information package, including ABI city guide to local creative scenes

  • In-city orientation

  • On-site support

SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

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INTERNSHIP TYPES

 

ADVERTISING &

COMMUNICATIONS

Public Relations

Fashion Marketing

Editorial

Creative Writing

Copywriting

Marketing

Communications

Advertising
Social Media
Content Production

Branding

Art Direction
Web Design

Experiential Design

Graphic Design

Motion Design
UI/UX Design

Content Creation

DESIGN

ENTERTAINMENT

VFX

Coloring

2D & 3D Animation

Script Development

Music Business & Publishing

TV Production
Film Production

Theater Production

Talent Management

Video Editing

Sound Editing

FINE ARTS

Studio Arts (multi-disciplinary)

Artist Studio Management

Art Administration

Cultural Management

Gallery & Curatorial

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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.

FEES BREAKDOWN

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PAYMENT PROCESS

Participants can choose either one of the following:

  • PAY IN 30:
    > 25% deposit
    > Remaining balance after 30 days

  • MONTHLY INSTALLMENTS:
    > 25% deposit
    > 3 monthly 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.

CANCELLATION POLICIES

Our program’s cancellation policies are as follows: 

 

  1. If we are not able to identify an internship offer for the Participant, the program fee will be refunded except for a $150 USD admin fee. 

  2. If Participant withdraws from the Program or cancels his or her participation in the Program at a time that is fewer than or equal to 60 days of the Program commencement date, ABI will be entitled to retain 100% of the total Program fee.

  3. If Participant withdraws from the Program or cancels his or her participation in the Program at a time that is more than sixty days of the Program commencement date (which shall be the date upon which the Participant starts the internship), ABI will be entitled to retain 50% of the total Program fee.

  4. If Participant withdraws from the Program or cancels his or her participation in the Program after the Program commencement date, ABI will be entitled to retain 100% of the total program fee.

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PROGRAM DEADLINES & TIMELINES

 

APPLICATION PROCESS/TIMELINE

APPLICATION FORM

Participants will fill our application form, submit resume, essays and portfolio (if they are a creative)

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INTERVIEW

Interview with our Head of Admissions to talk about motivations to join the program and preferred internship types

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APPLICATION RESULT

The ArtBound Initiative committee will review application materials and will notify participants of their acceptance

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PROGRAM DECISION

If participants have been accepted, they will have seven days to confirm their participation in the program

APPLICATION DEADLINES

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

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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: 

MEDICAL REVIEW

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.

PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION

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.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

We require that each participant has an emergency contact listed on their application whom we can notify in case of emergencies.

INSURANCE COVERAGE

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.

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SUPPORT SERVICES

 

ON-PROGRAM

  • In-city orientation upon arrival to provide tips on transportation and safety rules

  • On-site support

  • 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

ALUMNI NETWORK

  • 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

Questions? Contact the ArtBound Initiative team at info@artboundinitiative.com for more info.

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.

PRE-DEPARTURE

  • Comprehensive city guide about the destination

  • CV/Resume Review

  • Pre-internship training 

  • Visa & Insurance assistance

  • Housing assistance