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Teen Screenprinting Internship – Black History Month Poster

June 30

Black History Program/Visual Arts Summer Internship 2024 

Program Runs July 15–August 15, 2024
Stipend: $500
Application Deadline: June 30, 2024
Notification: July 5, 2024

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This internship is a partnership between The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission – Prince George’s County Department of Parks & Recreation (M-NCPPC) and  Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.


Artist interns, ages 14-19, will learn the process of Silkscreen printing, from idea and design development through production and final printed product of 20-25, hand pulled prints. Interns will receive 64 total hours of instruction, hands-on printing experience and compensation for up to $500.

Students will also learn about African American history on both the local and national levels through a variety of in-person and virtual lessons and experiences, including lectures, workshops, and films. Emphasis will also be given to the visual art component for the poster through similar in person art museum field trips, workshops and guest speakers.

The final art image will be scanned and photographed for M-NCPPC to produce the large-scale print run of posters for free distribution to the public.


This summer internship is open to all young artists, ages 14 through 19, that attend High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland and/or reside in the County. Rising ninth graders are eligible and invited to apply.

Prospective interns should have a passion for African American History and the visual arts. This internship is open to all qualifying participants of any ethnicity or background

Participating interns will be led by a professional teaching artist in the collaborative design of the M-NCPPC 2025 Black History Month Poster. All supplies necessary for the project will be provided by the program.


The field trips and lectures for the internship will start on Monday, July 15, 2024, at the Ridgley Rosenwald School, located at 8507, Central Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 and conclude on Friday, July 19. The studio element of the internship will take place at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781 and start Monday, July 22 and end Thursday, August 15. Internship days will be Mondays through Thursdays, 10 am-2:30 pm each day.

Program participants will each receive monetary compensation of up to $500.00, based on attendance and successful completion of the internship.

Transportation to Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and daily lunch will be the responsibility of the participating intern.

Interns selected to participate in the program will receive the benefit of hands-on experience with printmaking processes. They should be willing to engage in the “messiness” of working with printing inks and other materials and equipment and should consider the nature endemic to this type of artwork, particularly if there is any possibility of sensitivity or allergy to project art materials.

Cell phone use will be limited during the time of the internship sessions due to the professional demands of the art making processes with which the intern artists will be engaged. In addition, they will be asked not to share any details about the art design ideas for the poster’s development. The poster will be formally unveiled to the public in February 2025 at the start of the Black History Month celebration.

Upon acceptance, participating intern artists will be asked to review and sign Pyramid Atlantic’s code of conduct before starting this internship and also abide, throughout the duration of the internship, by Pyramid Atlantic Art Center’s organizational, health and safety policies, accessible in the link below.

Pyramid’s Health and Safety Policy >


Applicant artists must submit three examples of their artwork as well as a paragraph or two about themselves, their passion for art, African American History and their interest in participating in the summer internship. Go to https://m-ncppc.submittable.com/submit to register for a free account and submit the application for the 2025 Black History Month Program/Visual Arts Summer Internship.


The program will be offered to a maximum of 5 participants. Chosen intern artists will be notified by Friday, July 5, 2024. Selections will be made both by representatives of M-NCPPC and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.

Artist applicants that are under 16 years of age will need to apply for a work permit online through the State of Maryland if selected to participate in the program.


  • Sunday, June 30, 2024: Deadline to apply to internship, application on Submittable online by 12 midnight.
  • Friday, July 5, 2024: Selected interns are notified.
  • Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19, 2024: Internship trips and lectures at Ridgley Rosenwald School, 8507, Central Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 (not all days will apply)
  • Monday, July 22 – Thursday, August 15, 2024: Internship studio time at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 4318 Gallatin St., Hyattsville, MD 20781
  • Thursday, August 15, 2024: Internship concludes
  • Sunday, February 2, 2025: Black History Month Poster unveiled to the public.
  • February 2025: Distribution of posters to community


If there are any questions, please contact Stuart Diekmeyer, Visual Arts Specialist, at stuart.diekmeyer@pgparks.com, 301-446-3251 or Nemesis Zambrano, nzambrano@pyramid-atlantic.org, 301-608-9101.

By submitting to this call for entry, applicants to the internship agree to comply with all rules and requirements of the program.


Featured image shows a student and instructor working on a silkscreen print in the 2023 Hispanic Heritage Month Poster Internship program.


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