MIE Internship Opportunities for Fall 2013

Now entering its 15th year, the MIE Guided Internship Program provides NEC students with a broad array of opportunities in education. From teaching in public schools, designing innovative and personalized music curricula, working with community partners, and assisting with national music-in-education research initiatives, the MIE Guided Internship Program prides itself on providing pre-professional teaching artists with guided, individualized experiences.

Held to rigorous standards for preparation and implementation, MIE Guided Interns have been awarded fellowships from organizations such as the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, NEC's Community Performances & Partnerships program, the Research Center for Learning Through Music, El Sistema USA, and the Music-in-Education National Consortium.

The MIE Guided Internship Program aims to provide equal access to high-quality music programs for youth throughout the greater Boston area, and instill in them the values of lifelong learning, skill development, and appreciation for music in a range of contexts and environments.

Download the 2013-14 MIE GUIDED INTERNSHIP APPLICATION PACKAGE (.docx format) Please note, this application replaces all previous forms and proposal guidelines. 


  1. Submit a Permission Request on PowerCampus for ‘MIE INT / Department / 01’ 
  2. Complete application and name your file: MIE Internship Fall 2013 (or Spring 2014) - YourName.docx
  3. Email to randywong@gmail.com.
  4. Once your draft is approved, your PowerCampus permission request will be approved. You will then need to ADD the internship to your schedule prior to the end of Add/Drop. 

Students should contact MIE faculty member Randy Wong (randywong@gmail.com) with any questions. Applications due to Randy by email on September 12, 2013 (fall semester) or January 22, 2014 (spring semester). 



Our flagship MIE internship opportunity at the Chinatown YMCA

Open to: Students of all majors/backgrounds, but we are specifically interested in woodwind players, composers, and improvisors.

NEC's MusicLaunch was founded in 2010 in partnership with the Wang YMCA of Chinatown (Boston).  MusicLaunch is an innovative community-minded music education lab, where programs and curricula are driven by the dynamic, multi-faceted, and versatile faculty of NEC's Continuing Ed Music-in-Education Certificate Program. It follows the YMCA's commitment to "developing the potential of every child" with its open enrollment (no audition) policy and classes that encourage music literacy from the ground up, starting with parent/child music circles (ages 2-5). Small-group lessons in guitar, band instruments, and recorder are also offered.  

Like the YMCA, MusicLaunch is committed to promoting social responsibility, critical thinking, and socio-emotional development.  While many arts organizations focus on free performances as their way of giving back, MusicLaunch instead puts experiential, hands-on learning and multi-level (sometimes, multi-generational) instruction at its core. 

As a MIE Intern, you will help each child document his or her MusicLaunch experience through the year (in the form of reflective journals, video vignettes, and performance recordings), as well as assist MusicLaunch faculty with small-group or individual instruction. Open to students of all majors. We are particularly interested in composers, music theory majors, and improvisers! 

Time Commitment: 

This internship takes place from 8:45-11:00 AM on Saturdays between Sept. 28, 2013 and Dec. 14, 2013 (Fall Semester), and Feb. 1, 2015 to May 3, 2015 (Spring Semester). Priority will be given to students who can commit to this internship for both semesters. Included in the 2.5 hrs per week is a mentor/intern sharing session to help facilitate and allow for flow of constructive inquiry. Program documentation is assembled on a semesterly basis into digital portfolios that make visible these poignant moments of learning and exhibit MusicLaunch's efficacy for all to see. 



Classroom Cantatas

Bring Alive Classroom Subjects Through Words and Music 

In partnership with the Cantata Singers!

Specifically seeking: Singers, composers, pianists

Shadow professional teaching artists from the Cantata Singers and assist them with teaching elementary kids (grades 2-3) composition, vocal technique, singing, and basic performance skills. Kids compose and perform cantatas based on texts and themes integrated into their core curriculum. Help kids explore the language and rhythm of melody, giving shape to their individual voices while deepening their understanding of core subject matter and character. Learn more at http://www.cantatasingers.org/education/classroom_cantatas.htm


Time Commitment: 

This internship takes place for 2 hours weekly, observing Boston Public Schools holidays and intersession breaks. Specific dates/times to be determined, based on program availability. 



Integrating Chess, Math, and Music at the Atrium School

Be Part of an Innovative, Integrated Arts Curriculum!

Open to: Students of all majors/backgrounds; graduate students who have some chess playing experience preferred
You'll collaborate with chess program director and NEC alum Rob Flax to design, implement, document and assess how kids can simultaneously learn music, math, and chess, all while having fun.

Time Commitment: 
The internship takes place weekly on Fridays from 3:20-4:30 pm at the Atrium School. Transportation may be arrangeable. Interns will also meet weekly to plan lessons, design exercises, and measure program success. 


The Atrium School’s ‘Music Plus Music Integration’ Program

Open to: Students of all majors/backgrounds, but we are specifically interested in string players and improvisors.

We need interns to help document a really innovative, first-of-its-kind general music program. It’s built completely on MIE principles and frameworks, from the ground up, and taught by Beatrice Affron, Music Director of the Pennsylvania Ballet!! This program has been visited by movers/shakers across the country because of its inventive, interdisciplinary approaches to general education using music.

As a MIE Intern, you’ll help us study student academic growth and help us learn why music should be an integral part of every child’s curriculum. This internship is more 'action research'-oriented than it is hands-on teaching. If you have a yearn to learn about mixed-method qualitative and quantitative research, portraiture, rubric development, and creating (or interpreting) data displays (graphs, statistics, charts, etc.) then this internship is totally for you! 


Time Commitment: 

Flexible -- though generally 2 hours per week on-site plus travel and readings. You'll need a car for this internship, or live in Cambridge, as the Atrium School is easily accessible by bus from Harvard Sq. (#71). Unfortunately you will not be reimbursed for travel expenses.  You will also need access to a Mac with Excel (Numbers not OK) and be willing to install JMP statistical software on your computer. 


Boston Arts Academy teaching opportunities

Open to: Students of all majors/backgrounds, but they are specifically interested in winds/brass/perc players, singers, and improvisors.

We have had interns at BAA for the last 8 consecutive years! This is a popular internship and opportunities go fast. BAA is an urban arts-focused charter high school with students who take a full complement of music classes (music history, theory, Solfege, ensemble, lessons)—in addition to their regular curriculum. Walking distance from NEC.


Killer Combo: Make Your CPPP Fellowship Count As A MIE Guided Internship!

Every year, some of our most committed interns are those who are also in the CPPP Fellowship program. To turn your Fellowship into an Internship, simply draft us a proposal and submit it via the timeframe above! First priority will be given to students who have taken (or are currently enrolled in) a MIE core class such as the MIE Intro course or MIE Teaching Seminar. 


Create Your Own Internship

Maybe you already teach somewhere… or have an idea of your own that you want to put in action. Talk to MIE Internship Advisor Randy Wong and see if we can help you make it into an official MIE Internship!