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About the Arts Management Internship

Arts Management majors and minors must complete a 120-hour (3 credit) internship during their junior or senior year. Students may choose to participate in an internship during the fall or spring semesters, as well as during the summer. Students may complete two internships for credit. 

Are you eligible to complete your internship?

In order to register for ARTM 400, a student must 

  • be a junior or senior
  • have completed ARTM 310
  • have met with their advisor

In order to register for ARTM 401 (Music Industry Internship), a student must

  • be a junior or senior
  • have completed ARTM 210 and ARTM 310
  • have met with their advisor

Benefits of an Internship

  • Access to Job Contacts.  Students meet professionals in the field who can notify them of available openings and provide professional recommendations.  This is much more effective than random job searches.
  • Entry-level Experience.  Participation in a professional environment is a strong addition to your resume or graduate school application.  Experiential learning is an excellent way to distinguish yourself as a serious student committed to making the most of your educational opportunities. 
  • Active Student Learning.  Internships provide you with an opportunity to practice what you have been learning about in the classroom.  There is no substitute for seeing the information you have been studying "come to life" before your eyes.
  • Personal Growth. You can "test the waters" and see if an anticipated career is right for you.  In some cases, students have learned that a particular line of work is “not for them.”

Application Process & Requirements

Planning for an internship must begin months ahead of time. Please follow these steps to prepare for your Arts Management internship:

  1. Prepare your resume and cover letter. (Review the Internship Resources on our website and get further assistance at the Career Center)

  2. Review available internship opportunities that are sent to Arts Management majors and minors via email and/or posted on the website. (Note: This is just a starting point! Consider this an opportunity for networking and getting to know the arts community in Charleston. Don't hesitate to reach out to an organization or company you're curious about to see if they might have any internship opportunities available. You are responsible for finding your own internship placement.)

  3. Meet with your advisor to discuss the internship requirements and specific internship opportunities.

  4. Submit the Intent to Complete an Internship form

    • The deadline to submit the Intent to Complete an Internship form for Summer 2018 internships is March 30, 2018.
      *If you did not submit the Intent form but would like to complete an internship for credit this summer, please email Claire at celong@cofc.edu

  5. Research and apply for internships. (Again, you are responsible for finding and securing your own internship placement.)

Once you have secured an internship position, please follow the following steps:

  1. Complete the Internship Learning Agreement with your site supervisor, including a detailed work description.
    *PLEASE NOTE: We are in the process of revising the Internship Learning Agreement for Fall 2018 and beyond. The newly revised version will be posted here in June.

  2. Submit the signed Internship Learning Agreement and work description to your Arts Management advisor* for approval. If you are an ARTM Minor, please submit these to Claire Long at celong@cofc.edu *NOTE: After May 15, 2018, please submit all summer Internship Learning Agreements to Claire at celong@cofc.edu or in person in Simons 315B.

    • The deadline to submit signed Internship Learning Agreements for Summer 2018 is rolling until June 22, 2018.

    • The deadline to submit signed Internship Learning Agreements for Fall 2018 is August 27, 2018.*
      *PLEASE NOTE: We are in the process of revising the Internship Learning Agreement for Fall 2018 and beyond. The newly revised version will be posted here in June.

Once you have submitted your Internship Learning Agreement with all necessary signatures and work description, you will be enrolled in the internship course: either ARTM 400 or ARTM 401.

Keep in mind that you must have your paperwork completed and be registered for the course BEFORE beginning your internship.

Note: Internships are an individual enrollment course, meaning that you do not register yourself. The forms you submit to the Arts Management office are then sent to the Registrar's Office for enrollment in the respective course.

Course Requirements

Once enrolled, you will have access to all course information and materials on Oaks, including the syllabus and a detail of all assignments. As part of the three-credit-hour course, interns are responsible for eleven journal entries, a final paper, a revised resume, and a self-evaluation, in addition to their individual responsibilities at their internship location.


If you have questions, contact Claire Long (celong@cofc.edu) or your advisor.

Summer Internship FAQs


Q. What is involved with the internship course, ARTM 400 and 401?
A. Aside from the 120 hours you are required to complete onsite at your internship, you are also responsible for an online course administered through Oaks. This includes 11 e-journals, one final paper, a revised resume, and an evaluation. When you are enrolled in the internship course, you will have access to the course material on Oaks. 

Q. Do I have to pay tuition to complete my internship over the summer?
A. Yes. To complete an internship for credit, you are enrolled in either ARTM 400 or 401, a 3-credit hour course. When you're enrolled in the internship course, you are responsible for several assignments that you will submit through Oaks. For tuition rates, please visit the Treasurer's Office website. For more information about summer courses, please visit the Summer Sessions website.

Q. Do I have to do my summer internship in Charleston?
A. No! You may complete an internship in any city, as long as it is an arts management or music industry internship that is approved by your advisor. You still have to get all of your forms signed by your site supervisor, regardless of where they live. Electronic signatures are both acceptable and encouraged. 

Q. What should the dates of my summer internship be?
A. It doesn't matter, as long as you complete the required 120 hours at your internship sometime between mid-May and early August. If you have flexibility with your starting and end dates, try to fit your internship dates into one of the existing summer sessions:
  • Extended Summer: May 14-June 25
  • Summer I: June 1-28
  • Summer II: July 5-August 1
We understand that many summer internships do not have flexibility with scheduling, so we will enroll you in the session that most closely aligns with the dates of your internship. 

Q. Can my summer internship last from May 14 - August 1?
A. Yes. We will work with you on an individual basis to determine the session in which you will be enrolled. 

Q. Can my summer internship be completed in four weeks? 
A. Yes. As long as you complete 120 hours at your internship, you can decide upon a work schedule that is conducive to both you and your internship organization. Many students complete four week internships with 30-hour work weeks.  

Q. Can my internship last longer than August 1? 
A. Sort of. Because the internship course will technically end on August 1, you should be finished or nearly finished with your 120 hours by that date. Your faculty supervisor will work with you on an individual basis to determine your assignment dates based on your starting and end dates.

Q. Does the Arts Management Program place students in internships?
A. No. You are responsible for applying for, interviewing for, and accepting your own internship position. 

Q. I submitted an Intent to Complete an Internship Form but no longer intend to complete an internship in the summer. What do I do?
A. No worries! Email Claire at celong@cofc.edu so she can update your file. You may complete an internship during a later semester.