ArtBound Initiative

ArtBound Initiative


ArtBound Initiative is dedicated to emerging creative professionals. Our mission is to encourage connections between participants, industry leaders and global companies. Strengthened by our network of over 200 companies, ABI provides the opportunity for personalized work experiences in highly insular industries. Placements are currently available in New York, Berlin, Melbourne, Sydney and Hong Kong.

Secure an internship in New York this Fall!

Secure your creative internship in New York this Fall!
Application deadline: May 15, 2021.
We know that plans can change during these unpredictable times due to the COVID-19 situation. That’s why the ArtBound Initiative program is flexible and will allow you to postpone your program if needed with no additional fees.


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Jackie Lou
Yes, I recommend this program

Although I experiences my placement with Artbound Initiative during the pandemic, I still found myself experiencing the workplace environment and social events at a high level. I learnt a lot during my time in my placement and am very grateful to have been able to accept tasks with high responsibility whilst still being able to learn along the way. Coming to a mutual ground of expectations with your employer is a must and has really helped create the foundations for my future in the industry. I have learnt so much in such a short period of time!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Meeting representatives from other companies/suppliers in person for the first time! Just having an understanding of why we are meeting, and setting expectations of how I want to portray the company I am with is key to have a successful and positive meeting with others.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Melbourne is the Arts Capital of Australia, so I was super excited to begin an internship in film here. It was incredibly easy to communicate with Artbound Initiative about what I was looking for in an internship. The coaching sessions with Laura heightened my confidence and allowed me to develop skills that are necessary for interviews and the workplace. Not only that, but the unlimited access to alumni and resources is great.
I ended up interning at Ignition Immersive, a production studio specialising in virtual reality and augmented reality, where I worked as both a camera operator and editor. It was an awesome experience.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Working on a VR livestream show! I was working alongside experts who were also doing this for the first time, so we were all in the same boat.
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Yes, I recommend this program

My internship took place at ignition immersive, an immersive media studio specialising in Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality content creation, production and app development.
My main tasks and responsibilities were to assist the Lead 3D Artist in projects with modelling, animating, conceptualising, texturing and implementing assets in game engines.

The internship impacted my career by learning another form of the 3D pipeline, app creation. I have learnt 3D for film, TV, games and now - VR/AR applications for media platforms.

ArtBound Initiative helped me the most by expanding my view on what a 3D Artist career could be. Not knowing about VR/AR companies and just how involved a 3D artist can be was most surprising and completing them was most rewarding.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
To complete a project in half the time we thought it would take.
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Yes, I recommend this program

ArtBound Initiative is a truly amazing company and their internship programme is ground breaking because it’s exactly what young creatives need. They catered to needs I didn’t even knew I had and not only got me started in my industry but have massively fast tracked my career. They really really care about the participants which is so refreshing and touching! As a participant you have to be dedicated and work very hard to make the best of the opportunities that come your way. The ArtBound Initiative work very hard to make sure you excel.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Internship are supposed to better yourself professionally but also personal. Work as hard as you can because you will get out everything you put in. However, look after yourself. Cut yourself some slack, have fun, experience the city you’re in!
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Yes, I recommend this program

The ArtBound Initiative (ABI) team has been exceptional from the start. They have helped me secure an internship despite the COVID situation. I would highly recommend the ABI team if you are time poor and need assistance in securing an internship to get real world experience and improve your employability (the initial monetary investment was definitely worthwhile). In addition, they have been an invaluable resource in helping me polish my resume, portfolio, and interview skills. Thank you to the ABI team :)


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Elena Kay Herren

Why did you choose this program?

I'm enrolled at the Art Academy of Cincinnati to earn my BFA. I chose ArtBound Initiative because a few people from my school had gone through them and had really good experiences. I was also considering another Study Abroad program, but chose ArtBound Initiative because I decided I wanted to spend my summer working towards being an artist than just as a student.

ArtBound Initiative, as the name suggests, is a program centered around the arts and works to connect young and emerging artists into the creative fields which are generally very insular. I felt that this program would allow me to access opportunities I would have difficulty finding otherwise.

I chose to go through the 8-week New York program ArtBound Initiative offers, because at the time that I was applying, I hadn't been in school long enough to be eligible for the Berlin or Hong Kong programs they offer. I really wanted to go through and have this experience so I went to New York for the summer. ArtBound Initiatives offers an 8-week and 12-week internships. I chose to be in New York for eight weeks due to familial concerns, but upon reflection, I would highly recommend going for the full 12 weeks.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My university had directed me to ArtBound Initiative and provided me with information concerning how to earn college credit over the time I was to spend in the program.

The ArtBound Initiative representatives were very hands-on in helping me organize the portfolio and resumé that I was to submit to them and that they would then be passing on to my potential internship placements. ArtBound Initiative also provided counseling sessions that helped narrow down what kind of internship I was going to have. These sessions enabled me to realize that I wanted to work with a studio artist with them in their studio.

ArtBound Initiative offers many different internship placements so I felt that the counseling sessions were very helpful. Through them, we were able to customize the experience to what I wanted and thought was best for me. ArtBound connected me with two studio artists who I was going to be working with, giving me their contact information. I contacted the artists, discussing the logistics of the internship, and then debriefed ArtBound about what was decided.

ArtBound Initiative also assisted me in finding housing for the summer. The representative sent me a few listings of apartments that were available near where my internship sites were, and I went through them and decided what would work best for me and my budget.

I went through the New York program and thought about how to get there as well as how I was going to get around the city during my stay, and how I was going to eat. Because I'm from Ohio, I drove into the city with a family member who helped me move into my apartment and then left.

For me, the process of traveling to and from the city was relatively painless. The day after I arrived in the city, I met with an ArtBound Initiative representative who debriefed me on New York City life in general and some of the events that they were organizing throughout the summer.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Have a good idea of what you want to get out of your internship, but also feel free to go and explore everything that's going on in the city you are in. Going for 12 weeks gives you more time to really get involved with your internship and the city.

I spent the first two to three weeks in New York getting used to the pace of the city and the artists I was working with. After that, I was able to have a lot of fun and find some really interesting things and meet some really great people.

Also, don't be afraid. Go full boar, jumping straight into the thick of things, and see what happens. For me, this meant trying to go to gallery openings every night there was one, and talking to the people there, or going to an event and stay after things start to wind down a bit just to see what happens next.

Part of not being afraid is going and getting lost in the city (which I did multiple times). Getting lost is honestly the best thing you can do because it’s during these times I found the most interesting things and learned the most about the city. I remember one time, I got lost to the point of tears, but I did find my way back and was surprised by the general goodwill of people.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The average day/week looks different for every participant. My days/weeks involved a combination of studio work (like preparing canvas, mixing paints, and taping off edges), administrative work (organizing project files, sending out emails, organizing contact information, and researching grant and residency opportunities), along with doing some legwork and trying to find new clients and galleries for the artists I was working with. This is what I did, but a friend I made in the ArtBound program had a different experience with what she was doing because she took an internship that was more involved on the arts administration side of things.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear in life is heights, so I didn't wander over to the edges of roofs on tall buildings and look over the side.

Kidding aside, going into the internship, I was afraid of having to talk to people I didn't know and going to work with the artists I was placed with in their studios. An artist’s studio is a personal place where an artist formulates his/her ideas. Walking into a studio is like walking into someone else's mind, and that's a hard thing for me to do because I don't know if I'm welcomed there or not, and I wanted to be an asset to the artists, not an impediment.

Part of me overcoming my fear of being a nuisance was just jumping right in and getting the work done that I was assigned to do and trying to stay busy so that things ran smoothly and progress was made. I tried my best, and I think it worked out alright because the artists and I got along.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Ena - Meghan Lefeber

Job Title
Program Advisor


After Studying Graphic Design and Communication Design at Suffolk Community College and Glasgow School of Art, Ena began her Berlin internship through ArtBound Initiative in January 2018. Upon completing her internship with the gallery, Bernheimer Contemporary, she has decided to make Berlin a more permanent home. Ena has now become involved in ArtBound Initiative as a Program Advisor, introducing the program to incoming participants.

What is your favorite travel memory?

One of my favorite travel memories was studying Water color painting in Thailand. My old teacher was a retired professional Thai Dancer and he taught me to paint through movements and rhythm in a way I had never learned before. He combined smiling and laughter and integrated them flawless with craftsmanship and seriousness.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

My personal and professional growth since I began working for ArtBound Initiative has been leaps and Bounds. We are a close nit team, even though we are spread across the world. The founder inspires confidence in all of us and goes out of her way to connect with us. I found that since I have joined ABI I am more focused, more dedicated and more passionate about the work i do then I have been in a long time This is because of the great services we provide our participants and the hard work of the team.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I am still new to the team, so I do not have a story yet from a return student, but I do have a favorite memory of the current participants. A great part of ABI is that we will all meet up occasionally for dinner and more. One day we all got together for a light dinner and then went to an outdoor movie together. We were able to discuss the cinematography as well as all the different artist techniques and plot falls while laughing over popcorn. It was both informative and fun for all of us.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

For this question its not if I could... because I already have. Just before I became the program Advisor, I was placed in an internship in Berlin through ArtBound Initiatives Berlin program. It was exciting to experience another art capital first hand as a local. ArtBound initiative made that happen for me and made my transition into Berlin's Art-scene and lifestyle seamless.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The support you get from the company is genuine. What makes this company unique is their dedication to their participants. The founder is active and supportive with every participant and employee. We purposely keep our numbers small so we can guarantee that each participant gets the time, resources, and support they deserve to launch their career. And we continue to support and connect them after they are finished with the program.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Our dedication and our Global reach is one of the biggest factors to our success as a company. I have mentioned our dedication to our participants in a previous question but we are also dedicated to maintaining strong connections with the companies we pair our students with. We are always looking for and connecting with top tier companies and actively maintaining our connections, for our current and potential participants. Day in and day out, country by country we do the leg work, to insure their success.