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 Boston Common.

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

"My biggest accomplishment was spending a whole summer in Boston by myself while interning for 35-40 hours a week. I feel I am stronger and more independent because of it. This was a great experience that advanced both my academic standing and my resume."
Stephanie Stassi, Hollins University
Intern, Harvard Art Museums

Summer 1: The Academic Phase
(May 23 - July 1, 2016)

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 American studies, literature, film, music, and art history. The courses below were offered in Summer Term 2015 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered. Courses for Summer Term 2016 will be posted on January 15, 2016.

  • 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 295 History of Photography
  • CAS AH 389 Impressionism
  • CAS EN 202 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • CAS EN 363 Shakespeare I
  • CAS EN 476 Critical Studies in Literature and Gender
  • CAS LJ 451 Topics in Japanese Literature
  • CFA AR 136 Drawing and the Figure
  • CFA AR 470 Ceramics 1
  • CFA MT 105 Elements of Music Theory 1
  • CFA TH 120 Acting & Performance 1
  • COM FT 250 Understanding Film
  • COM JO 305 Basic Photography for Non-Majors

Summer 2: The Internship Phase
(July 11 - August 19, 2016)

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 27 - August 19, 2016)

The Summer Study Internship Program's 2-credit Internship Course meets on Friday mornings throughout Summer 1 and two evenings in Summer 2. The course explores links between your academic track and your on-site professional experience, and provides support and guidance as you prepare for your placement.

Meet an Arts & Culture Student

Student: Meredith Rankin

Courses: Modern Art from 1940 to 1980; Art of Classical Greece

Internship Site: Diana Levine Art Gallery

On the Job: I enhanced the gallery’s online visibility through social networking sites and an e-newsletter. I helped with special projects for clients, such as selecting artwork they might be interested in for corporate or residential settings. I also assisted with designing a window display to exhibit a new artist. My job was to convey the theme and mood of the artwork while also attracting the attention of passersby.

Perspectives: I took interesting courses that count toward my major, and I gained valuable work experience while living in an exciting city. 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. Interviewing at different galleries alone gave me a better sense of the art scene in Boston, as well as of the variations among galleries in general.

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