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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.

The Arts Management Program will only approve internships for course credit:

(1) where the proposed internship site has had a formally structured internship program of at least 1 year or more, and can provide evidence of such (e.g., internship manual, student learning goals and the orientation activities, responsibilities and deliverables of past interns that helped achieve the learning goals); and
(2) that meet the following criteria of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):

  1. The internship experience is for the benefit of the student.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
  5. There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
  6. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under the close observation of a regular employee – the Internship Site Supervisor.
  7. 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.
  8. The employer provides the training and derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern. Occasionally, the operations may actually be impeded.
  9. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
  10. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time in the internship.
  11. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
  12. The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
  13. There is routine feedback by the experienced Internship Site Supervisor with the completion of the Arts Management Evaluation at the conclusion of the internship.
  14. There will be a planned orientation for the intern with the Internship Site Supervisor.
  15. The internship will be located in an office, or professional workplace setting (and not in a home or other personal space).
  16. The internship will have a specific job description with desired qualifications.

(3) that adhere to the course description in the College of Charleston Course Catalog. (ARTM 400: Internship in Arts Management and ARTM 401: Music Industry Internship)

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 a student has inquired about an internship with a potential sponsor, he or she will go through the site supervisor’s application and interview process. If selected, the intern will need to complete the Arts Management Program's Internship Learning Agreement (ILA) with the site supervisor. The Agreement includes a work description (that shows compliance with NACE and FLSA standards) and student learning goals that must be completed, agreed upon, and signed by the intern, site supervisor, the student's advisor, and Director of the Arts Management Program. NOTE: Compliance with NACE standards must be clear within the description in order for the internship to be approved as an acceptable for-credit experience by the Arts Management Program.

Once the Agreement has been approved and signed by all parties, it is sent to CofC's Registrar's Office for enrollment in the internship course, ARTM 400 or ARTM 401. NOTE: To enroll in a for-credit internship, students must submit the signed Agreement and detailed work description by the Drop/Add deadline of the semester in which they intend to enroll. Please consider this date when creating application deadlines and interview timelines.

Once a student is enrolled in the course, he or she may officially begin the internship. 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 complete an internship evaluation form of the student and submit it 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.