Side by Side Internships

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Art Spark Texas (formerly VSA Texas) offers opportunities within a technology and arts-based environment to support young adults with disabilities. Side by Side Internships are designed for young adults transitioning from school to adult life. These intensive internships are one to three weeks long and give the interns skill building knowledge as well as hands-on work in creative industries such as film, photography, radio, and music. Interns have the opportunity to work in small teams with local professionals in their field of interest.

Watch the three short films created in our most recent Side By Side Filmmaking Internship of Summer 2015!


This mentoring program in partnership with AIGA empowers young adults with disabilities ages 16-22 to give voice to social cause that is important to them. Working together with a professional graphic designer, youth have the opportunity to express something that is significant to them, and, more importantly, have someone to listen. At the same time learning valuable graphic design skills from a professional one-on-one.

In October 2018, Giving Voice hosted eight mentor/mentee matches between professional AIGA graphic artists and Art Spark Texas young adults with disabilities. The social cause posters were designed in four Saturday working sessions. Each mentee receives a professionally printed copy of the poster and one framed copy is available for auction. All proceeds go back into the program for 2019 when we host another group of young graphic designers and their mentors.

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