Arts & Culture Track

The arts play a vital role in Boston's daily life. The city's cultural offerings include everything from small gallery shows and world-class museum exhibits to productions in the Theatre District; historic preservation projects in the Back Bay; outdoor concerts at the Hatch Shell; and summer festivals on the Common.

From art history to film and the performing arts, students explore topics in arts and culture while gaining valuable hands-on experience through internships in local arts organizations.

"I would never have known where to start looking in Boston for the kind of work I was interested in and the program guided my way. Just interviewing at different galleries gave me a better sense of the art scene in Boston, as well as differences in galleries in general."
Meredith Rankin, Wake Forest University
Intern, Diana Levine Fine Art Gallery

Summer 1: The Academic Phase
(May 20 - June 27, 2014)

You'll spend your first six weeks of the Summer Study Internship Program taking two 4-credit courses chosen from offerings in arts and culture, including courses in archaeology, American studies, literature, film, music, and art history.

Choose Two:

  • CAS AH 111 Introduction to Art History I: Antiquity to the Middle Ages
  • CAS AH 112 Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance to Today
  • CAS AH 211 Boston Museums
  • CAS AH 389 Impressionism
  • CAS AH 393 Contemporary Art: 1980 to Now
  • CAS AR 372 Archaeology of Boston
  • CAS CC 101 The Ancient World
  • CAS CL 102 The World of Rome
  • CAS EN 202 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • CAS EN 363 Shakespeare I
  • CAS EN 476 Critical Studies in Literature and Gender
  • CAS HI 280 Special Topics in American History
  • CAS LJ 451 Japanese Popular Culture and Literature
  • CAS WS 346 Women and Film
  • CFA MU 111 Elements of Music Theory 1
  • CFA TH 120 Acting & Performance 1
  • CFA TH 220 Acting & Performance 2
  • CFA TH 267 Scene Painting Intensive
  • COM JO 305 Basic Photography for Non-Majors

Summer 2: The Internship Phase
(July 7 - August 15, 2014)

For the second six weeks of the program, you'll be placed as an intern in a Boston-area organization or business that matches your interests and experience. You should expect to work five days a week for a minimum of 35 hours. Most internships are unpaid.

Arts & Culture Internship Opportunities

Internship placement opportunities are available at commercial galleries; auction houses; cultural councils; museums; architectural firms; design companies; arts campaigning groups; theater companies; music and dance companies; and art centers.

Internship Placement

  • Internship placement for 35 hours a week
  • Internship matches are based on your interests, abilities, and experience
  • All internship sites are accessible by public transportation
  • Visit our Placement Process page for additional information

Summer Study Internship Course
(May 23 - August 15, 2014)

The Summer Study Internship Program's 2-credit Internship Course meets on Friday mornings throughout Summer 1 and two evenings in Summer 2. The primary emphasis of this course is to explore links between your academic track and your on-site professional experience, and to provide support and guidance as you prepare for your placement.

Meet an Arts & Culture Student

Student: Stephanie Stassi

Courses: Boston Museums; Arts of Asia

Internship Site: Harvard Art Museums

On the Job: I was a Communications Intern at Harvard Art Museums. My overarching task was to read newspapers as well as to search online news sources for any information about Harvard Art Museums. I also updated the email subscription database, maintained the museum's image on social networking sites and researched possible advertising venues for upcoming exhibitions. The most fun project was working on the #museumolympics on Twitter - an online competition where museums would post somewhat obscure artworks from their collection that fit in with athletic events held at the 2012 Olympic Games. I found a photograph of two boxing cats that won a gold medal.

Perspectives: I enjoyed the courses and professors at BU. I also loved most of the food I had in Boston! My biggest accomplishment was the fact that I was able to spend a whole summer by myself in Boston while having an internship for 35-40 hours a week. I feel like I am stronger and more independent because of it. I thought it was a great experience that excelled both my academic standing as well as my resume.