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 – All Students | Applications open August 2020

The EM Nova Fellowship is a student-led music presenting organization managed by five fellows who program, produce, and perform two evening-length concerts, 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.

Application CLOSED


Bower Stage Programming Fellow | Applications open August 2020

The 2020-21 Bower Stage Programming Fellow will oversee programming and production of student performances and events on the Bower Stage in the SLPC from September 2020-May 2021. The Bower Stage Programming Fellow will receive training from NEC Audio-Visual Services to learn basic sound engineering skills and manage all instruments and scheduling for the stage. The fellow will receive a $2,000 stipend for the academic year.

Application CLOSED


NEC Marketing Fellow – All Students | Applications open August 2020

Develop creative marketing plans to promote NEC in the Boston community. Selected fellow works with NEC's Marketing Department to brainstorm and implement creative marketing plans—past projects have included pop-up performances in the Prudential Center and flier campaigns. Fellow receives a $2000 stipend for the yearlong appointment; expected workload is 4-6 hours per week.

Application CLOSED


A Far Cry – String players | Applications open August 2020

Open exclusively to NEC string students, this fellowship offers the opportunity to gain a 360˚ view of the self-conducted orchestra A Far Cry, including all aspects of administration, rehearsal, and performance. The Fellow will rehearse and perform with AFC on one of their concert cycles and attend Crier meetings; they will also work 4-6 hours per week alongside AFC's Marketing and Development Coordinator. The fellow will receive a $2,000 stipend for the year.

Application CLOSED


Boston Chamber Music Society – Classical Instrumentalists | Applications 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 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!

Meet with Annie Phillips about Internships

Looking for interns from NEC?

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