Internship Recipients

The internship stipend is awarded to a female student attending an Arkansas university or college whose program of study is applicable to the advancement of fine arts, art history or arts administration.

2020 Intern: Laken Dickson

Laken’s internship project combines her expertise and training as a BFA student in graphic design from Arkansas Tech University with an initiative to increase online presence and productivity for the River Valley Arts Center in her hometown of Russellville, Arkansas.

From Laken:

“While I have learned so much in class, there is only so much you can learn about the reality of a job in the Graphic Design field by just sitting in class. I believe a vital part of a learning experience is the practical application of the skills you have learned, and this internship would provide me with an opportunity to gain practical knowledge about the field of professional Graphic Design while further growing my portfolio and developing my skills.


I have lived in the River Valley area my whole life, so working with the River Valley Arts Center allows me to make an impact on furthering the arts in my own community. For this internship, I am reworking the Arts Center’s public image, specifically their online presence. I’ll rework the logo and come to a design that will work effectively across all platforms to develop an integrated brand: on their website, social media icons and on print forms.”

2019 Intern: Lillian Osier

Lillian Osier assisted staff at the Batesville Area Arts Center with the Summer Art Camp for Kids and the Summer Celebration fundraiser. Osier received the ACNMWA internship as a sophomore at Lyon College where she is majoring in art and president of the Lyon College Art Student League.

From Lillian:


“These two projects allowed me the opportunity to help organize two major events. I really appreciated the opportunity to work with children in the arts and help them have a better appreciation of the art around them, and to also help with such a large-scale event to raise money for this nonprofit. The internship was an amazing experience for me and has made me even more excited to one day have my own gallery.”

Interested in becoming an ACNMWA Intern?

The internship gives young women the opportunity learn about, and make contributions, to the cultural life of Arkansas while enriching her Program of Study related to the advancement of fine arts, art history or arts administration. Chosen from numerous applicants, the internship enables recipients to pursue real-life work experiences in the arts.