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S.E.A.L. Teen Program

Sitar’s Emerging Arts Leaders

Teen Program

S.E.A.L. (Sitar’s Emerging Arts Leaders) is Sitar Arts Center’s Teen program, for students from 7th – 12th grade. S.E.A.L. is a safe space for teens to bond with one another, grow, and learn.  

This year S.E.A.L members will explore how creative expression builds community.  

To participate in S.E.A.L., members must:   

  • Be in 7th-12th grade to enroll in XChange  
  • Attend at least two sessions per month (XChange)   


SEAL: XChange 

Fall Semester: October 14 – December 9, 2022 
Fridays – 4:00pm – 6:00pm  

Spring Semester: February 2023 – May 5, 2023
Wednesdays & Fridays – 4:00pm – 6:00pm   


Korina Isler
Nickole Best 


Young Playwrights Theater

Build community inside and out in XChange, our program for high school students! XChange will be partnering with Young Playwrights Theater through the SAFER (Students Advocating for the Eradication of Racism) Program on Fridays. During their sessions they will be able to identify a social justice issue and create a performance that will raise awareness and create a dialogue within the community. 

Throughout the semester, SEAL members have the opportunity to participate in community service projects, field trips, and community events for group bonding & arts exploration.  

Questions? Contact Nickole Best at 

Internships & Community Service 

Summer Internships 

Sitar Arts Center is pleased to offer two exciting internship opportunities to teens and young adults during the summer, the S.E.A.L. Summer Internship through DC’s Summer Youth Employment Program and the Bloomberg Arts Internship

S.E.A.L. Summer Internship 

Each summer, Sitar employs a limited number of students ages 14-24 who are paid through the Department of Employment Services Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program. Each youth chosen selects an area of work to apprentice in for the summer: 

  • Mural Arts  
  • Summer Camp Class Assistant  
  • Entrepreneurship in the Arts    
  • Musical Theater  

Both Sitar students and non-Sitar students can apply for summer internships at the Center. However, S.E.A.L. program members who apply will have their applications reviewed first and the best candidates from the S.E.A.L. Program are given priority for filling summer internship slots. 

Individuals ages 14-24 who do not qualify for SYEP are still encouraged to apply as they may be eligible to receive a stipend or can earn community service as an intern. 

Last day to apply is March 10, 2023. 

More information on the S.E.A.L. Summer Internship will be available in January 2023. For more questions regarding summer internship opportunities, please contact Nickole Best at or by phone at (202) 797-2145, ext. 110. 

Bloomberg Arts Internship 

Sitar Arts Center is proud to be the DC home of the Bloomberg Arts Internship program. In this program rising high school seniors complete well paid summer internships at local arts and culture organizations. In 2023, a cohort of 30 students will intern three days a week and participate in workforce development and college readiness training twice a week. 

Launched in 2012 in New York City, the Bloomberg Arts Internship helps set up the next generation for success as they transition from high school to college and the workforce—whether in the arts or other industries. Nationally, the program has placed more than 1,106 students at over 200 cultural organizations. Further, 77% of interns since 2018 increased their writing proficiency–as measured by program evaluators via a nationally-used scoring metric–with close to half of interns achieving scores that would exempt them from remedial college coursework. 

Examples of Internship worksites are: 

  • Project Create 
  • City Dance 
  • National Children’s Museum 
  • Theater Lab 
  • National Gallery of Art 

Bloomberg Arts Interns work on various assignments, including but not limited to reviewing and posting social media, prepping for shows and making sets, teaching children and youth and event planning.  

The Bloomberg Arts Internship is 8 weeks long and participants must be able to attend the entirety of the program.  

Applications will open in January 2023 for the Bloomberg Arts Internship Summer 2023. 

For more information about the Bloomberg Arts Internship Program, please contact Korina Isler at or by phone at (202) 797-2145, ext. 106. 

Academic Year Internships 

Internships are a wonderful way to gain professional experience and learn from others who have careers you may be interested in. If you would like to learn more about fields such as education, arts, nonprofit organizations, or any other field, consider an internship at Sitar. Internships can range from one semester to both academic semesters (Fall and Spring). If you’re interested in pursuing an internship during the school year, please complete this form. For more questions regarding year-long internship opportunities, please contact Nickole Best at or by phone at (202) 797-2145, ext. 110. 

Community Service 

Community service credit can be received in three ways:  

  • Weekly support for the duration of a semester 
  • One-off support of Sitar events 
  • Through Sitar’s Summer SEAL Internship Program 

In order to receive community service credit throughout the semester, students must make a commitment for the full duration of the semester (10 weeks) and must attend their community service job each week. Students can earn 1-6 hours per week (for a total of 10 – 60 hours for a fall or spring semester) and are responsible for keeping track of their earned hours. 

Community service hours can also be received when students support one-off events, such as Sitar’s Gala, Halloween Costume party, etc. Students can earn up to 6 hours during these events. Please indicate in the Volunteer Form below if you are interested in supporting these  

Additionally, community service opportunities are available during the summer for interns who apply to the S.E.A.L. Summer Internship Program.  

If you are interested in community service opportunities, please fill out Sitar’s Volunteer and Intern Application here: 

Questions regarding community service opportunities can be directed to Nickole Best at or by phone at (202) 797-2145, ext. 110.