You are required to complete at least one internship of 112.5 total hours. You may work with an organization of your choice, selecting the visual or performing arts, or explore other areas within the non-profit or for-profit sectors.
The Professional Development Coordinator works closely with students, advising on areas of individual interest, navigating the application process, registration, and tracking eventual placements. While the program does not place students in internships, the Professional Development Coordinator maintains ongoing communication with organizations and alumni to facilitate potential connections and opportunities.
Interns may not displace regular employees, per the Department of Labor's website.
The internship is an excellent way to network, improve your professional skills, and develop a career strategy in your area of interest. You may work with an organization of your choice, selecting the visual or performing arts, or explore an entirely new area within the non-profit, profit, public, or private sectors. Internships should be supervised by a professional, full-time employee at the chosen organization and provide meaningful opportunities for direct mentorship.
Interns may not displace regular employees, per the Department of Labor’s website.
Once you secure your internship, contact the Professional Development Coordinator who will walk you through the steps for registration and getting all of the required program paperwork on file. Note, you must submit the Internship Agreement form before starting the internship.
There are also several other requirements to receive academic credit for your internship:
In order to help our students find internship and job opportunities, the Program organizes an Internship Fair each fall. This event is an excellent opportunity for students to not only learn about internships opportunities from our partner organizations, but also to start strengthening their professional networks prior to graduation and job-hunting. The Internship Fair is required of all students who have not yet completed an academic internship. However, students who have completed an internship are highly encouraged to attend in order to meet professionals in their future fields of work.
Upon beginning your internship, you will need to fill out an Agreement Form with your internship supervisor in which you will specify several professional development objectives and activities.
At the midpoint in your internship, both you and your supervisor will participate in a site visit with the Professional Development Coordinator, to review your progress toward your education goals.
Upon completion of your internship, you will submit a timesheet to the Professional Development Coordinator, detailing your hours over the course of your internship. The Professional Development Coordinator will send you and your supervisor links to online evaluations so that both parties can provide a thorough review of the experience.
Students may register for up to two internships over the course of the Program. However, many students complete several unregistered internships (before or after completing the required internship) for shorter periods of time in order to gain experience in a variety of disciplines. The program keeps track of all internships students complete, and every commitment requires documentation by the program.
If you plan to pursue an unregistered internship, please notify the Professional Development Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students in our program are regularly offered highly competitive internships across a variety of large and community-based organizations. A sampling of recent host organizations include: