This summer, several second-year Arts Administration students are completing their program internship requirements. They range from marketing consulting to gallery management. Read below to hear from students about their experiences!
“This summer, I am lucky to have an internship at the Knights, an orchestral collective based in Brooklyn that performs genre-defying work across New York City and internationally. The administrative team has been so welcoming and has given me a front-row seat to their dynamic work in the organization from many angles. In the past few days, I attended the Knights’ board meeting (I’m pictured here with Bridget Mundy Budish, executive director.). I represented the Knights at the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance’s All-Member Meeting, where a panel of Brooklyn arts leaders spoke. Even in my first month of work, I’ve constantly used what I’ve learned in ARAD courses (like History and Theory of Arts Administration and Fundraising). I can’t wait to see what the rest of my summer brings and return to my fall courses!”
“Through my summer internship at the Guggenheim Museum, I have gotten a closer look into the internal operations of a non-profit organization and gained a better understanding of what an arts administrator does day-to-day. I feel very lucky to have met so many intelligent minds from various departments, such as the Advancement, Curatorial, and Education departments, who devote their time to examining the role of art in society and how to expand its influence in a positive way. The chance to talk and interact with these different departments has also given me the opportunity to think about my career path after graduation.”
“Currently, I am doing a summer internship at AEA Consulting. This firm helps arts organizations develop strategic plans and feasibility studies, and conduct research and analysis. My internship has been interesting as I have put into practice what I have learned in my classes and developed my analytical skills. AEA is helping my understanding of how data is essential to make better decisions for arts organizations. After graduating, I want to be a consultant and help arts organizations thrive.”
“Through my summer internship at Marian Goodman Gallery, I have learned the day-to-day operations of a gallery. I have worked closely with the sales, press, and communications teams. Additionally, I got to experience an opening for the summer show. Lastly, I have been working on a special project with the director of research on the library and book inventory, which has been extremely interesting and eye-opening. Overall, this has been an enriching internship where I have learned new things and met people who have driven me to want to work at a gallery one day.”
Internships are an incredible opportunity to gain practical experience in your area of interest. Many careers are started through internships and connections established while networking.