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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.

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ARTBOUND INITIATIVE IN NUMBERS

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Interns placed

600

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Partner companies across our locations

300

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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, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Melbourne, Sydney, and Virtual.

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PROGRAM BENEFITS

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CAREER CURRICULUM:
PERSONALIZED COACHING & MENTORING FROM INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

Participants will go through our career development curriculum and earn a certificate of completion.

This curriculum contains 10-course levels that include:

> 5 Private Coaching Sessions

  • Resume/CV Review 

  • Portfolio Review or Industry Preparation

  • Interview Practice Session

  • Mindset for the Workplace 

  • Career Goals & Long Term Plan

 

> Workplace Training 

  • Fundamentals: office culture, communication & adaptation

  • Soft Skills: Networking, online brand & elevator pitch
     

>Monthly Internship Assessment 
>Peer Group Sharing Sessions 

Complete curriculum breakdown:

10 course levels

14 career resources 

2 hours of video courses

22 Assignments & Quizzes 

5 private 1:1 sessions with career coaches and industry professionals

Certificate of completion 

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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 300 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. Previous internship placements include:

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Editorial Internships New York
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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 600 current and past participants through our dedicated networking app and meet during our monthly events.

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DEDICATED SUPPORT

Every participant is provided comprehensive support throughout the program. We assign two dedicated coordinators to each participant:

  • Program Coordinator: The Program Coordinator supports the participant with the program from start to finish by checking in with the curriculum, the interview and placement process, and the internship itself.
     

  • In City Coordinator: We provide a dedicated coordinator in each destination to facilitate an in-city orientation for all new-comers, host monthly private events with the participants, and serve as an emergency contact.

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TRAVEL & LOGISTICS

We provide travel and logistics support for our participants, which include:

  • Visa processing and insurance arrangements (international only)

  • Housing arrangements (optional)

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

  • In-city orientation

  • Monthly meetups & events

  • On-site support & emergency contact

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. 

  • Ambassador Scholarship - Up to $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$2250) 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

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We offer internships in the areas below. Internship types marked with an asterisk (*) have limited availability.

ADVERTISING &

COMMUNICATIONS

Communications
Public Relations 
Marketing
Advertising
Social Media Management
Content Production 

Event Management

Project Management

Content Writing/Copywriting

Strategy

Photography*

Graphic Design
Motion Design
UI/UX Design 
Content Creation

DESIGN

Branding

Art Direction*

Web Design*

Layout Design*

Marketing
Wholesale 
Trend Forecasting*
Public Relations

FASHION

Editorial

Styling*

Talent Management*

ENTERTAINMENT

& MEDIA

Talent Management
TV Production 
Film Production* 
Theater Production
Animation Production
Script Development
Video & Sound Editing

VFX*

2D Animation*

3D Animation*

Music Business*

Music Publishing*

Magazine Editorial*

Photography*

FINE ARTS

Studio Art 
Artist Studio Management
Arts Administration/Cultural Management
Gallery & Curatorial
Marketing
Graphic Design
Writing*

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BUDGETING & PROGRAM TUITION FEE

Our local program tuition fee is USD $2250 and our international program is USD $3250, 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

  • 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.

CANCELLATION POLICIES

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. 

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PROGRAM DEADLINES & TIMELINES

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APPLICATION PROCESS/TIMELINE

APPLICATION FORM

Submit our application form, along with the requested documents.

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INTERVIEW

Meet our Head of Admissions to discuss your internship preferences and address any questions about the program.

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APPLICATION RESULT

Our committee will review your application and notify your acceptance.

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PROGRAM DECISION

If accepted, please confirm your participation within 7 days.

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

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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

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PRE-DEPARTURE

  • Comprehensive city guide about the destination

  • CV/Resume Review

  • Pre-internship training 

  • Visa & Insurance assistance

  • Housing assistance

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

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