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About Arts Management Internships

Thank you for your support of the College of Charleston Arts Management Program and our Internship Program.

Internships are a core value and academic component of the College of Charleston's Arts Management curriculum. They are essential programmatic cornerstones of experiential and immersive learning, as well as global and local community involvement for our students. All Arts Management students (both majors and minors) are required to successfully complete a 120-hour (3 credit) internship during their junior or senior year during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. Students may complete two internships for course credit. 

It is the student's responsibility to secure an internship. The Arts Management Program does not place interns in specific settings. However, internships that are rich, immersive experiences, including those that are paid internships, have the best advantage of garnering student interest. These are experiences where interns learn new technological skills, have access to meetings and other activities to observe the operations and governance of organizations and businesses, that provide learning and skill-based oversight by the internship site supervisor, and where the site supervisor and/or staff work closely with the student to fulfill their learning goals.

In order for an internship to be approved for course credit for Arts Management students, it must meet the following criteria: 

  1. The organization must be arts-oriented. To clarify, this means that the organization itself must be arts-oriented, not just the nature of the work interns are completing. The organization must fall within one of these categories: Museums & Collections; Performing Arts; Visual Arts & Photography; Film, Radio, & Television; Design; Literary Arts; Arts Education; Creative Placemaking; Arts Agencies & Service Organizations (Governmental or NGO); or Music Industry. 
  2. The internship must take place in an office or professional work environment, NOT in a personal residence or places like coffee shops. Home studios are also not permitted.
  3. The student intern must be able to work at least 120 total hours during the internship.
  4. The host organization must have had a formal internship program for at least one year
  5. The organization and the internship must meet the following criteria of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):
    • The internship experience is for the benefit of the student.
    • The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the employer’s facilities, is similar to training that would be given in a vocational school.
    • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
    • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
    • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
    • The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under the close observation of a regular employee – the Internship Site Supervisor.
    • There is supervision by the Internship Site Supervisor, a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of nonprofit, for-profit, arts, cultural, music industry, visual arts, or entertainment management.
    • The employer provides the training and derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern. Occasionally, the operations may actually be impeded.
    • The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
    • The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time in the internship.
    • The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
    • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
    • There is routine feedback by the experienced Internship Site Supervisor with the completion of the Arts Management Evaluation at the conclusion of the internship.
    • There will be a planned orientation for the intern with the Internship Site Supervisor.
    • The internship will be located in an office, or professional workplace setting (and not in a home or other personal space).
    • The internship will have a specific job description with desired qualifications.

If your organization or the internship position you would like to promote to students does not meet all of this criteria, we can still review it and potentially promote it as a non-credit opportunity. See below for the Arts Management Internship Posting form.

Internship Processes: Sharing Opportunities with Students

Students are responsible for finding and securing their own internship placement. To share available internship opportunities with our students, please submit the Arts Management Internship Posting form. Your posting will be reviewed by the Arts Management Program, and if approved will be shared on the Internship Opportunities page and/or emailed to students. NOTEYour compliance with the NACE and FLSA standards listed above must be clear by your description in order to be approved as a for-credit internship experience by the Arts Management Program.

Internship Processes: Applications, Interviews, & Enrollment

It is up to each organization to determine its own application and interview processes.

Once selected, the intern will send the link to the Internship Learning Agreement (ILA) to the site supervisor. The site supervisor will complete Part I of the ILA and will email it directly to Claire Long at celong@cofc.edu, as indicated in the instructions on the form. Once the ILA has been sent to Claire, we will send the student the remaining enrollment paperwork, which we will then send to the Registrar's Office for enrollment in the internship course, ARTM 400 or 401. 

NOTE: To enroll in a for-credit internship, the Internship Learning Agreement must be submitted by the Drop/Add deadline of the semester in which the student intends to enroll. Please consider this date when creating application deadlines and interview timelines.

***An intern may not begin his or her internship until all paperwork has been submitted and the student has been enrolled in the internship course.***

Along with completing 120 hours at their internship site, students will also complete requirements for the online course by:

(a) submitting a resume at the beginning of the internship,
(b) attending at least one internship session with their faculty supervisor,
(c) submitting 11 weekly e-journals,
(d) completing a final paper,
(e) submitting a revised resume with a description of the internship experience, and
(f) submitting a final evaluation form to their Arts Management Program faculty supervisor as part of the academic course requirements for ARTM 400 or ARTM 401.

At the conclusion of the internship, the site supervisor will be sent an internship evaluation form to complete and submit to the Arts Management Program.

For more information, please contact Claire Long, Program Coordinator/Director of Experiential Learning, at celong@cofc.edu or 843-953-6301.