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Thank you for your support of the College of Charleston Arts Management Program and our Internship Program.  These internship experiences with arts organizations have offered our students challenging opportunities to learn first hand what they would only otherwise read in books.

The College of Charleston’s Arts Management Program internships provide arts management students with valuable exposure to the working world and increase chances for future employment. The internship also provides the sponsoring organization a unique opportunity to help develop future arts leaders and become an Arts Management Program Community Learning partner.  The primary learning goals of an internship are:

  1. to acquire hands-on experience in arts management or a related field;
  2. to explore new professional activities;
  3. to apply conceptual knowledge and skills to the work environment;
  4. to experience the challenges and successes of efficiently and effectively working within a complex organization; and
  5. to "learn by doing."

Internship sponsors should treat interns as apprentices. Interns should be assigned regular work hours and tasks and should be allowed to observe what goes on in the organization. Interns are expected to dress and behave in a professional manner, completing projects according to assigned deadlines.

About Arts Management Internships

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 semester. Students may complete two internships for course credit.

Keep in mind that ultimately 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 College of Charleston's Arts Management Program adheres to criteria governing internships by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE): 

Internship Processes: Postings, Applications, Interviews, Enrollment

Again, students are responsible for finding and securing their own internship placement. Organizations submit postings to be shared with students, and if approved, these postings are shared with students via email and posted on the website. Once your internship is shared and viewed by students, it will be up to the student to apply.

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 an internship work description and student learning goals that must be completed, agreed upon, and signed by the intern and the site supervisor.

The student then submits this agreement to his or her Arts Management advisor for approval, after which it is sent to the Registrar’s Office for enrollment in the internship course, ARTM 400 or ARTM 401. Once a student is enrolled in the course, he or she may begin the internship. Along with completing 120 hours at their internship site, students will also attend at least one internship session and submit weekly e-journals, a resume, final paper, and final evaluation form to their Arts Management Program faculty supervisor as part of the academic course requirements for ARTM 400 or ARTM 401.

For more information, please contact Claire Long, Program Coordinator, at or 843-953-6301.