Advantages of Internships
Today, it often takes more than a degree from an institution of higher learning for students to land a job. Internships have become a crucial part of a student’s professional development before entering the workforce. Employers want to know what prospective workers can bring to the table. First-hand experience gives students the confidence they need to market themselves in their career of choice while allowing them to establish strong relationships with music organizations, build their resumes, network with key stakeholders in the industry, and gain a competitive edge when entering the job market.
Additionally, students can use internships as an opportunity to sample various aspects of the industry before making a commitment and planning their career trajectory.
Please see the Programs section in the Office of Experiential Learning menu for course-specific requirements and eligibility.
Grading and Evaluation Methods
Students participating in the XX (major-specific)-495 course receive a letter grade “A” through “F” and those participating in the IN-103 Internship Certificate course receive a grade of “Pass” or “Fail.” Grades are 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.
An internship can be completed locally or away from the metro Boston area. While some internships do take students to New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, or elsewhere, many are local, allowing them to fit into a Berklee course schedule.
Compensation for internships is at the discretion of the organization. Though some internships do offer a stipend or hourly wage, most are unpaid.
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 National Association of College and Employers (NACE) position papers on compensation and unpaid internships.
Internships will follow the same semester system in place for all students. Students may participate in a fall, spring, or summer internship.