Advantages of Internships

Today, it takes more than a degree from an institution of higher learning for students to land a job in their career of choice. Employers are impressed with scholastic achievements, and employers are constantly searching for individuals who demonstrate high levels of academic excellence. However, experience, or lack of experience, plays a major role when hiring decisions are made. Employers want to know what prospective workers can bring to the table. An internship gives students the experience and skills that they will need to be marketable. Internships have become a necessary part of a student's professional development before entering the full-time workforce.

An internship will allow students the opportunity to sample the industry before making a commitment. An internship will also give students the confidence and experience they need to market themselves in their career of choice. Among other things, an internship will allow students to establish strong relationships with music organizations, build marketable resume skills, have their names in front of an employment specialist when hiring decisions are being made, and gain a competitive edge when entering the job market.

Requirements

  • All currently enrolled students, of any major, who plan to obtain an internship for college credit* may apply.
  • Each program has specific requirements that must be met in order to be considered eligible for those internships (see Internship Programs).
  • Students are responsible for their own registration and must be currently enrolled in the college during the time that the internship is taking place.

* Excludes Music Therapy practicum and Music Education student teaching requirements.

Formal Internship

A formal internship is usually a highly structured program that is well defined.

Grading and Evaluation Methods:

Students receive a letter grade A through F for their internship. This grade is based upon satisfactory development of learning objectives, completion of academic requirements, and performance at the internship site.

When to Register for an Internship

It is recommended that a student begin to actively research and secure an internship at least one semester before that internship is to take place. Students may register for an internship course upon approval from the college.

Internship Location

An internship can be completed locally or away from the metro Boston area. While some internships do take students to New York, Nashville, or Los Angeles, many are local, allowing them to fit into a Berklee course schedule.

Salary

Compensation for internships is primarily at the discretion of the organization.

Academic Calendar

Internships will follow the same semester system in place for all students. Students may participate in a fall, spring, or summer internship.