Internships provide a learning opportunity for a student by allowing them to learn industry best practices from a working professional and provide hands-on contributions to a working organization. Internships that meet certain regulations are eligible for credit towards a degree at NEC. Some internships also offer the opportunity to both go behind the scenes with an organization's leaders to learn how to run an arts organization and get the chance to perform onstage. Interested? Schedule an advising appointment.
In order to receive credit, an intern can expect to work 6-8 hours per week or 70-80 hours per semester, at a host organization’s offices, alongside a full-time staff member who directly oversees the intern’s work. Intern applications consist of a resume plus a cover letter or personal statement—schedule an appointment with the EM Office for help with your materials! Once an internship is agreed upon, both intern and host must sign a contract including job description details and qualifying the intern as a volunteer, and the intern registers for ENTP INT (undergraduate) or ENTP 540 (graduate).
During the internship, interns must log their hours on the provided schedule and their supervisor must sign off. Both supervisor and intern must also complete mid-semester and final evaluations, to be provided by NEC’s EM Dept. Grading is pass/fail, based on evaluations. Unpaid internships are available for one credit or zero credits; students many earn up to two elective credits total through EM internships. Paid internships are not eligible for credit; international students must obtain Curricular Practical Training for a paid internship.
In order to advertise an available internship to our student body, NEC requires a full job description complete with: a list of desired learning outcomes for the student, projected work responsibilities, and an outline of where, how, and with who a student will work. NEC understands that often the nature of new or small-budget nonprofit organizations and the ability for remote work means some organizations do not have brick-and-mortar offices; however, NEC does require that at least 50% of working hours are supervised in person, and that all supervised hours are completed at a non-residential location (ie, at the organization’s offices, at NEC, at a coffee shop). An intern’s job description must not be responsibilities that a host organization would otherwise pay an employee to do. Once an internship is agreed upon, both intern and host must sign a contract including job description details and qualifying the intern as a volunteer.
During the internship, interns must log their hours on the provided schedule and their supervisor must sign off. Both supervisor and intern must also complete mid-semester and final evaluations, to be provided by NEC’s EM Dept.
Federal Internship Guidelines as per the Department of Labor
Example Job Description
Current Hybrid Internships
A Far Cry (Fall application) read a blog post by Fall 2016 Fellow Alyssa Wang
Boston Ballet School (Fall application)
Boston Chamber Music Society (Spring application)
Orange Mountain Music
Handel and Haydn
Hub New Music
From the Top
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Boston Classical Guitar Society
EM partners with a various departments for EM Fellowships. The chosen fellow works with the EM Team, NEC's Marketing Department and Artistic Planning Departments, and their major department to develop creative marketing plans to promote the artistic work of their colleagues. Fellows also receive a small stipend in recognition of their work. This year, two fellows are planning and producing two outdoor stages at NEC's Community Day on September 23, 2017, and one fellow is curating and producing a concert series inside the new SLPC. Past fellowships have been offered in tandem with the Jazz Department, Chamber Orchestra, Piano, and Vocal departments.