Field Experience

The EM Department offers unique, NEC student-only field experiences for hands-on learning at Boston area arts organizations and on campus at NEC. All of these field experiences are paid, and some offer professional performance experience as well—read below to find out more about each individual opportunity.  


EM Nova Fellowship – Open to All Students | Applications CLOSED

The EM Nova Fellowship is a student-led music presenting organization managed by four fellows. The 2020-21 Nova Fellows will, instead of producing live concert events, launch a media label called NEC Nova to showcase the original creative output of NEC students. The fellows will manage all related nonprofit management responsibilities including finance and board management. Fellows work with Associate Dean Annie Phillips and other members of the NEC Administration. Fellows earn $2000 for the yearlong appointment.



Digital Storytelling Fellow – Open to All Students | Applications CLOSED

The 2020-2021 Digital Storytelling Fellow will use NEC's digital platforms to tell the day-to-day stories of NEC students living and learning both near to and far from campus. The fellow will work with NEC's Marketing & Communications department to storyboarding ideas for and generate original content about NEC students and their stories, projects, accomplishments, and learning throughout the 2020-21 school year. Fellow receives a $2000 stipend for the yearlong appointment; expected workload is 4-6 hours per week.



Curation Fellow - Open to All Students | Applications CLOSED

The Curation Fellow will create socially-distanced 'performances' in the form of playlists, featured social media posts, and other online content, curated from submissions from the NEC community. The fellow will work with NEC's Marketing & Communications department to solicit and review video and audio submissions from NEC students, faculty, and staff, and develop creative ways to release that content to NEC's audience(s).  The fellow will receive a $2,000 stipend for the academic year.



Community Music Center of Boston Advancement Intern| Applications CLOSED

The Advancement Intern will use Community Music Center of Boston's digital platforms to produce and promote the annual fall student Performathon, an event showcasing our private lesson students, moving online this year. The intern will work with CMCB's Advancement department, and the experience will include the following:

- Using content editing software (Adobe Rush, Wordpress, YouTube, etc) (Staff will provide training)

- Producing video for publication on CMCB's digital platforms (YouTube, website, Facebook, Instagram)

- Events promotion on digital calendars

- Posting to CMCB's digital platforms, including the website and social media channels

This fellowship is open to any NEC student in any degree program. The fellowship, which can be completed remotely, will consist of 4-6 hours of work per week and a stipend of $1000 for the fall semester with a possibility to continue into the spring semester. This fellowship will not count as on-campus employment and is not eligible for credit. 

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Boston Chamber Music Society – Classical Instrumentalists | Applications will re-open Winter 2020

Open exclusively to graduate students at the New England Conservatory, the BCMS Hybrid Internship offers the opportunity to participate in the process of planning,  marketing, and producing  a chamber music concert series of diverse personnel and repertoire (Spring 2019) and to perform on the concert series and in educational and community outreach programs (Fall 2019). Learn to program, market, and produce a chamber music concert series of diverse personnel and repertoire with Managing Director Wen Huang, and be paid to perform on the concert series and in educational and community outreach programs following your one-semester fellowship. 

Applications Closed


Music for Food | Applications will open Spring 2021

Students enrolled as Music for Food (MFF) Interns will participate in community engagement initiatives that build entrepreneurial skills. Over the course of the year, interns are assigned a clear rotation of tasks and skills needed to create a community-based concert series. This hands-on experience demonstrates how music can respond to and address social problems. After graduation, students should be able to step seamlessly into designing their own community-based programs. This is a paid opportunity. 

To apply, please email Janny Joo, MFF General Manager, at

Other Internships in Boston

Students may also earn credit for completing internships at one of Boston's many arts nonprofit organizations. Work side-by-side with a working arts professional, provide hands-on contributions to a real organization, all while earning elective credit.

There are many online resources for finding available internships. NEC students have free access in perpetuity to Bridge, EM's online opportunity board, and there are other Boston-specific websites like HireCulture that post available internships and are sortable by type of opportunity.

Most arts internships are unpaid, but unpaid internships that meet certain qualifications are eligible for one (1) elective credit. If you are interested in an external internship and would like help applying, schedule an appointment!

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For Hosts

If you are interested in hosting an NEC student for an internship, we suggest you post your opportunity to the Bridge Opportunity Board. The most successful job descriptions include: 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). As an internship is meant to be a learning experience, 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. Questions? Email Annie Phillips.

Federal Internship Guidelines from the US Department of Labor