Office of Experiential Learning

Berklee students are strongly encouraged to supplement the learning that they receive in the classroom with real world, hands-on experiential learning via an internship. The mission of the Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) at Berklee College of Music is to aid Berklee students and alumni in facilitating internships in cities across the country. All OEL courses are credit-bearing and afford a deliberate opportunity to connect the Berklee curriculum to contemporary practice.

If you are a Berklee student who has completed at least two semesters or if you are a recent Berklee alumni (see alumni internship eligibility details here), the OEL is here to assist you in obtaining and maintaining an internship that best suits your learning objectives. The OEL staff provides personalized advising, beginning with the search and application process and continuing through the duration of the internship experience. 

It is important to note that, per the U.S. Department of Labor and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Berklee College of Music internship employers must provide a wage and/or require their Berklee intern to enroll in academic credit for their work. For more information, please read these National Association of College and Employers (NACE) position papers on compensation and unpaid internships.

Click here to learn more about how to begin the internship process.