Internships

Internships


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.

Internship Program

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.

  • Students in the ARAD Program usually take the internship during the spring semester of the first year or during the summer months. Internships during the first semester of your first year are prohibited.
  • During the semester you will be completing your internship you must be registered for course A&HG 4470. The course is graded on a pass/fail basis.
  • You are required to complete at least one internship of 300 total hours, usually by working 20 hours per week during the 16-week semester, or 8 weeks at 40 hours per week over the summer.

Once You Have an Internship

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:

  • Internship Fair
  • Internship Agreement Form
  • Midpoint Site Visit with Professional Development Coordinator
  • Timesheet
  • Student and Host Evaluations

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.

Unregistered Internships

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: aradinternships@tc.columbia.edu

Previous Host Organizations

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:

  • Aperture Foundation
  • Art21
  • Art in General
  • Artist Pension Trust
  • Artnet
  • Asia Society
  • Barbara Gladstone Gallery
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Christie's
  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
  • Creative Capital
  • Creative Time
  • The Drawing Center
  • EmcArts
  • The Frick Collection
  • Groundswell
  • Jen Bekman Projects
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museum of Arts and Design
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Noguchi Museum
  • Pace Gallery
  • Phillips de Pury
  • Public Art Fund
  • Residency Unlimited
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Sotheby's
  • Studio Museum Of Harlem
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • American Ballet Theater
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Brooklyn Philharmonic
  • Baryshnikov Arts Center
  • Carnegie Hall
  • IMG Artists
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • Joyce Theater
  • Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Lincoln Center Corporate Fund
  • Martha Graham Dance
  • Metropolitan Opera
  • New Victory Theater
  • New York City Ballet
  • New York City Center
  • New York Philharmonic
  • New York Theater Workshop
  • Performa
  • The Public Theater
  • SITI Company
  • Theater Communications Group
  • Americans for the Arts
  • Center for Arts Education
  • Chilean Consulate General
  • Dunch Arts
  • FITZ & CO
  • La Placa Cohen
  • Lord Cultural Resources
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
  • New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
  • New York State Council on the Arts
  • Park Avenue Armory
  • UNESCO

Arts Resources

  • American Association of Museums - Professional network for museum professionals. Lists job and internship opportunities.
  • Americans for the Arts - Job an internship opportunities listed by the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Registration required.
  • ArtTable - Professional network for Women in the Arts.
  • College Art Association - A network for visual art professionals. Lists job and internship opportunities. Student membership is $50 annually.
  • E-Art Now - Email subscription service for job and internship opportunities. Good for becoming aware of international positions.
  • FindSpark - Job and internship listings for emerging talent in creative fields in New York City.
  • Emerging Leaders of New York Arts - A networking and professional development group for arts administrators at the beginning of their careers. Opportunities circulated via listserv.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts - Extensive listing of internship and job opportunities in the “classified” section.
  • Playbill - Listings for jobs and internships in Theater.

Forms

Internship Agreement Form

Complete this form at the start of an internship.

Internship Timesheet

Complete this form by logging your hours during your internship. Return a signed and completed copy to the Internship Coordinator.

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