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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 (Arts Management Internship), 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. (Check out the Career Center for resources.)

  2. Review available internship opportunities that are sent to Arts Management majors and minors via email and/or posted on our Internship Opportunities page.

    • Note: This is just a starting point! Consider this an opportunity for networking and getting to know the arts community in Charleston. You are responsible for finding your own internship placement. Remember: at a minimum, the internship must be with an arts-oriented or music industry-oriented organization, and it must meet in an office or professional workspace (not a personal residence or coffee shop). 

  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 Fall 2019 internships is August 16, 2019.

    • Note: If you secure an internship after either of these dates and would still like to complete it for course credit, please contact Claire Long at celong@cofc.edu.

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

For a list of qualifying internship requirements, please visit the Site Supervisor page.

Once you have secured an internship position, please complete the Internship Learning Agreement with your site supervisor and follow the submission instructions on the form.

    • The deadline to submit signed Internship Learning Agreements for Fall 2019 is August 30, 2019.

Once you have submitted your Internship Learning Agreement, you will need to complete an Individual Enrollment form and a liability waiver in the Arts Management office. You will then 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.