Arts Management Track

Arts Management

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.

In this track you'll explore topics surrounding arts, culture, and arts management while gaining valuable hands-on experience through internships in local arts organizations.

Summer 1: The Academic Phase

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

The 2019 Summer Study Internship Program course options will be available on January 15, 2019. The courses listed below were offered during Summer 2018.

  • CAS AA 507 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
  • 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 EN 202 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • CAS LJ 451 Topics in Japanese Literature
  • CFA AR 136 Drawing and the Figure
  • CFA AR 415 Photography 1
  • CFA TH 120 Acting & Performance 1
  • COM CM 317 Introduction to Advertising
  • COM CM 502 Promoting Creative Ideas Online
  • QST SM 101 Introduction to Management
  • CFA AR 530 Design Ignites Change

Summer 2: The Internship Phase

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 expressed interests. You should expect to work five days a week for a minimum of 35 hours. Most internships are unpaid.

Arts Management Internship Opportunities

Internship placement sites in past years have included commercial galleries, auction houses, cultural councils, museums, architectural firms, design companies, arts campaigning groups, art centers, and theater, music, and dance companies.

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

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 Management 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.