In addition to traditional course offerings, the Conservatory offers opportunities for learning experiences off campus. Internships can be completed in institutions such as music libraries, music management organizations, archives, music festivals or other approved performance-related activities, and public ethnomusicology programs.
Students develop internship programs in consultation with members of the Conservatory faculty and with the Center for Career Engagement. Internships must be approved by the Conservatory Director, possibly in consultation with individual faculty members.
Students register for internships with the Center for Career Development; application forms are available there and are due in the Conservatory office by April 15 for fall internships, October 15 for spring internships, and March 15 for summer internships. At the Director’s discretion this deadline may be extended on a case-by-case basis.
At the conclusion of internships, students submit the following for evaluation:
- A letter or statement from the sponsoring institution describing and evaluating the internship.
- A five to seven page paper prepared by the student which evaluates the work she or he conducted during the tenure of the internship.
- Documents associated with the internship, if any.
Internships are typically graded Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory (S/U) and do not count toward credit for required courses for the major or minor. A student has the option to petition for an internship to count toward required courses in the major or minor. In this case, the student would work with a faculty mentor, the internship would be graded (A-F), and additional written requirements would be determined based on the individual circumstances.