The Berkshire Hills Internship Program, an intensive 12 week summer course in arts managements that brings together the renowned culture institutions of Berkshire County, Massachusetts is providing internships to students interested in arts administration. The Berkshires are a cultural mecca, particularly in the summer months. There are over sixty cultural venues in the county from Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, and the Clark Art Institute to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, The Norman Rockwell Museum, and MASS MoCA, they range from classic to cutting edge.
Berkshire Hills Internship Program is an upper level college course/internship program that runs from May 28 through August 16, 2013. Students can earn 12 undergraduate credits through Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts or graduate credits through their own university. The course may also be taken on a non-credit certificate program. Students are placed at full-time upper-level internship tailored to their interests and skill sets at a cultural institution in the Berkshires. They have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in development, marketing, artist management, arts education, programming and more.
Berkshire Hills Interns attend a weekly seminar taught by an Arts Management professor, which gives them an opportunity to absorb and evaluate all they have learned on-site. The mixture of theory and practice comes together in a seminar designed for reflection and analysis as well as exploration of issues affecting the field.
Interns also attend bi-weekly “Talk-Backs.” These sessions give interns the opportunity to meet, network with and learn from top-level arts management professionals in the Berkshires. The guest speakers give back-stage tours of their institutions and offer candid behind-the-scene insights not general available to students.
From behind the curtain to the front row, weekly cultural outings give interns a chance to experience all of the forms of art that the Berkshires have to offer. Outings range from private, curator-led tours at notable art museums to indie films screenings. Outings have included Shakespeare and Company, Jacob’s Pillow, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williams College Museum of Art, Tanglewood, Empac, among others.
The application deadline for Summer 2013 is March 1st! Early applications are encouraged as the program fills up quickly.
How to apply:
Complete an application available on mcla.edu/b-hip
Send the application package to the address below.
Application package should include:
1. A fully completed, signed, and dated application: candidate must fill out the application completely and answer all questions.
2. Resume and 2 Letters of Recommendation. The letters of recommendation should come from people who candidate has worked with in some capacity. Teachers, academic advisors, former supervisors, and members of organizations candidate has volunteered or worked for make great recommendations. These letters should be from different people than those listed as references in the body of the application. Letters of recommendation must be sealed with reference’s signature over the seal. This letter can be mailed directly from reference to the address below.
Submitting the application:
Send all required materials to Valeria.Federici@mcla.edu
Berkshire Cultural Resource Center
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
51 Main Street, North Adams, MA
For more information about this unique internship experience please visit our website:
Berkshire Cultural Resource Center
51 Main St. North Adams, MA 01247
413-663-5253 Fax: 413-663-5164
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