Your best bet would be to find local and regional arts organizations. There's the NC Arts Council website to get you started. Check out the "Resources" dropdown menu, specifically "Resources for Artists" and "Artist Opportunities". Also, do a Google search for something more localized, like putting in your county name or the name of the nearest large community, plus "arts" (for example "Charlotte arts" or "Raleigh arts".) It may not get you exactly what you're looking for, but it will at least help you find a direction to go to get into the arts community where you are. Becoming part of the community where you live is definitely going to get you closer to the type of mentorship you seek. Also, I'm sure there are classes you could take at a local community college. You'd be surprised at how much that sort of thing would open up arts opportunities for you.
Also, a little wild card, but you can write your favourite artists and studio big gushing fan letters and attach some of your art and ask them if they don't mind tell you what they think of your work. Sometimes they might think you're doing pretty well and call you in to help them do some prep work or something.
I didn't know that was really even a thing anymore. I only know one person who did an art internship, and it was more of a mentorship with a friend/colleague than a randomly solicited thing. If you have any local artists that you'd like to learn from just send them an email asking if there's anything you can do for them in exchange for hanging around their studio and seeing how they work.
But then, I guess I don't really know what you mean by internship. Like, generally an intern is just someone who does unpaid grunt work in exchange for a line on their resume, which isn't really very helpful in the fine arts world. Do you mean something more like an apprenticeship, where you would be taught and work alongside them in their studios?
Creativegirl91Featured By OwnerNov 26, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
Apprenticeship that's it sorry I always tend to get the two confused. Yes apprenticeship would be awesome if it is even done anymore. I just want to be able to expand more on my techniques and have some fun this summer doing something different than just working.
I rarely hear of situations like that happening anymore, unless you form a personal relationship with an artist (and generally it's a matter of you already being well on your way in a specific field that the artist works in.) The only times I know personally of this happening is a situation with an already working freelance portrait artist going to work out of a studio of a far senior portrait painter.
Essentially what it sounds like you want is an art class - there are likely some free/cheap group classes around you.