Preparing for Work in Community Arts
In the M.Ed. in Arts, Community, and Education, students interested in arts-based community work get training in such important skills as writing grant proposals, fundraising, arts administration, and building community support. One of the most important and exciting courses is a required one-semester, 150-hour internship at a location related to the student’s specialization or new learning.
Program faculty consider the internship experience to be one of the cornerstones of the entire program. It's a critical step for successful development of a student for work in the community. Often it's what takes the student to the next step in their career. Recently, students have completed internships at places such as:
- Boston Children’s Museum
- Butler Hospital
- Citi Performing Arts Center
- Arlington Center for the Arts
- Emerson College Archives
The internship is accompanied by a twice-monthly seminar, which allows students to share experiences and to gain clarity as they reflect on their internship work. Wendy Campbell, seminar supervisor, says that “The importance of reflection in any learning process is critical. But reflection during an internship is truly essential in order to process so many significant and sometimes life-altering experiences. They are asking themselves what their goals are and what they need to do to address those goals.” At the end of the seminar, they have created a portfolio that documents all the work at their internship site.