Internship Information

Arts Management Internships

Initiating an Arts Management Internship

  • Before declaring readiness for an internship, Arts Management minor students must have completed:
    • Arts Management Minor Information Session
    • Declare Arts Management Minor
    • Meet with Arts Management Supervisor, Ramsey Lofton to discuss program requirements
    • Complete the UNM core requirement in fine arts
    • Complete studio arts course
      • Non-art majors – a studio course in any arts discipline
      • Arts majors – a studio course outside of the student’s fine arts major
    • Complete all four of the Arts Management Minor core courses (12 credits) prior to arranging an internship

All internships must be pre-arranged prior to the start of the semester they will enroll in FA 495 Arts Management Internship

  • Complete Arts Management Internship application available through the CFA Advisement Office or download it from the Arts Management website
    • Submit applications by email to: artsmgmt@unm.edu
    • Subject line of email should read: Arts Management Internship Application_Your Name
  • Deadlines to submit applications for Arts Management internships (at least 10 weeks before the start of an internship):
    • November 1 for Spring Semester
    • May 15 for Summer Session
    • June 1 for Fall Semester
  • Directly after submitting the application, students are required to make an appointment with the program’s supervisor to determine that the prerequisites have been met. You must have the Arts Management Minor progress sheet with a current transcript for all meetings with the Arts Management Supervisor, Ramsey Lofton

 

Planning for a Successful Internship

  • Students are required to make an appointment with Ramsey Lofton, Supervisor of the Arts Management Program, to discuss the type of internship best suited for their career interest and the possible arts organizations able to host their internship.
  • The student has the option to suggest an arts organization as a host site for their internship. Generally the student suggesting a host organization already has a relationship with the organization itself or a project/ program the organization runs.
  • If the student doesn’t have a specific arts organization where they would like to intern they can request assistance from Arts Management Supervisor Ramsey Lofton, to facilitate a host site that complements the student’s career development interests.

 

Co-Create a Job Description with Site Mentor

  • Once an arts organization and mentor have been identified as a host site for the internship, but prior to the start of the internship and registration for FA *495 Arts Management internship, the internship and mentor are to craft a job description for the internship.
  • To pre-arrange a host site for an Arts Management Internship, a meeting is required with all three parties in attendance: the student intern, the mentor from the host arts organization, and Arts Management Supervisor Ramsey Lofton.
  • This meeting is to discuss the terms of the internship(i.e. job description, work schedule, intern and host site agreement, grading and/or compensation responsibilities).
  • The process to develop the job description is facilitated with the help of the Arts Management Supervisor.
  • A job description must be drafted and agreed upon by all parties (intern, mentor from host site, and supervisor) before a student can start an internship that is for course credit.
  • Arts Management interns are linked with a professional mentor at the host site, who agree to work with the internship to develop professional skills and exposure to professional opportunities.
  • The arts organization enters into these commitments with both UNM’s Arts Management Program and the student intern.

 

Registering for FA *495 Art Management Internship

  • FA *495 is a restricted course which requires departmental permission for registration.
  • Arts Management Supervisor Ramsey Lofton must review and ensure all requirements for an internship has been completed before any student is allowed to register for FA*495. The requirements are as follows:
    • Attend an Arts Management Minor Information Session
    • Declare Arts Management Minor
    • Meet with Arts Management Supervisor, Ramsey Lofton to discuss program requirements
    • Complete the UNM core requirement in fine arts
    • Complete studio arts course
      • Non-art majors – a studio course in any arts discipline
      • Arts majors – a studio course outside of the student’s fine arts major
    • Complete all four of the Arts Management Minor core courses (12 credits) prior to arranging an internship
    • Submit Arts Management Internship application at least 10 weeks before the start of an internship
    • Commit to the terms of the internship in accordance with agreement with the Arts Management Program and the hosting arts organization

Once the student’s requirements have been approved, register for FA *495 Arts Management Internship:

  • Contact the Arts Management Supervisor, Ramsey Lofton to lift the FA *495 Arts Management Internship registration restriction
    • Email your form to: artsmgmt@unm.edu.  Subject line of email should read: FA495 Registration_Your Name

Body of email should include:

– Your Name
– UNM ID#
– Semester requested
– Course CRN

 

Expectations of Students to Complete Internships

  • Students are expected to provide 10-12 hours a week of consistent and professional work performance under the direct supervision of a mentor from the host organization and under indirect supervision of the Arts Management Program supervisor
  • To fulfill the requirements for an Arts Management Internship, students must complete 150 hours of on-site work for the arts organization concurrent to enrollment in FA *495 Arts Management Internship
  • FA *495 Arts Management internship is a three credit course, which includes experiential learning with the host arts organization and an online training class with the Arts Management Program
  • The concurrent training class provides students time to share, reflect, problem solve, and develop their career planning portfolios.
  • The weekly training serves three functions:
    • guided reflect practice from work experience;
    • specific training on “best practices” for interns which compliments building pre-professional skills on time management, communication, collaborative team work, problem-solving, and developing self-initiative;
    • Developing a career planning portfolio that includes flexible resume and cover letter templates, strategies for professional networking and informational interviewing and a personal social media tool for job searching.
  • The internship hours portion of the course is graded by the mentor in an evaluation process based on the agreed upon job description and the training class is graded by the Arts Management Supervisor.

 

Graduation Requirements

  • It is strongly recommended that all students request a degree audit from the UNM registrar’s office at least a year prior to graduation.
  • The semester before graduation, Arts Management Minors will submit a completed and approved Arts Management Minor Progress Sheet and official transcript to Arts Management Supervisor, Ramsey Lofton.

 

Internship Opportunities

The first internship placement is made within the College of Fine Arts in one of several sites and/or programs including: UNM Art Museum, Rodey Theatre, Theatre-X, Popejoy Theatre, Keller Music Hall, John Sommers Gallery, Tamarind Institute, CFA Development Office, or with programs such as Words Afire, Experiments in Film, or Arts in Medicine

Students taking an additional three credit hours of internship are encouraged to take their second internship off-campus. The program’s supervisor arranges an internship in consultation with the student or the student can identify a potential internship site that compliments his/her career interests. Off-campus internships are encouraged so that students can begin to make professional contacts in the career field of their interest.

 

Faculty and Instructors

Faculty and instructors have extensive professional experience in their fields, offering students exposure to their arts organizations and businesses, as well as professional networks and resources.

 

Purpose of Internships

The College of Fine Arts offers a minor in Arts Management (AM) which provides students:

  • Valuable learning experience aimed to help the student intern develop pre-professional skills prior to graduation while providing staff support to local and state arts organizations
  • Highlight of their undergraduate education and frequently opens professional networking doors for further career development after graduation
  • Encouragement for students to explore professional development through internships with local arts organizations
  • Foundation in Arts Management offering both course work and pre-professional experience through internships
  • Highlights career choices in an array of arts management fields
  • Directs further study in any number of nationally known Arts Management graduate programs
  • Foundations to explore current and emerging professional practices
  • Foundations to understanding the economic contributions the arts and artists make to local and state economies
  • Provides students with practical management skills in preparation for entry-level positions in the creative economy or further study in any number of nationally known Arts Management graduate programs
  • Mentorship of faculty and professional staff that exposes the student to standards of professional behavior, principles, and practice.

 

 MANDATORY SCHEDULED MEETINGS:

Attend an Arts Management Information Session, where you will:

– Learn about the Arts Management minor;

– Learn about the course offerings and the faculty’s areas of expertise;

– Learn about the Arts Management experience;

– Meet other prospective Arts Management students.

Declaring Arts Management Minor

– Discussing student’s arts career and arts management interests and make a course plan

– Initiate Internship

– Final Graduation Exit Interview