The Berkshire Hills Internship Program (B-HIP) is an intensive arts management internship program that combines hands-on work experience with classes taught by arts management faculty, TalkBacks with the area's leading arts professionals, and the chance to fully participate in cultural events throughout Berkshire County. B-HIP offers educational and career advancement opportunities that are hard to find elsewhere!
B-HIP is a graduate college course / internship program that runs each summer. Students earn 3 graduate credits through Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, with the option to earn up to 6 credits.
The Berkshires are a vital part of the cultural corridor between New York City and southern Vermont. With over sixty cultural venues in the county, from Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, and the Clark Art Institute, to Barrington Stage Company, Ferrin Gallery, and MASS MoCA, they range from classic to cutting edge.
Students are placed at full-time upper-level internships tailored to their interests and skill sets. They have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in development, marketing, film editing, arts education, programming and more.
B-HIP interns attend a weekly class, which gives them an opportunity to absorb and evaluate all they have learned on-site and on location. The mixture of theory and practice come together in a class designed for reflection and analysis.
Interns also attend bi-weekly TalkBacks. These sessions give interns the opportunity to meet, network with and learn from top-level arts management professionals in the Berkshires. The guest speakers give back-stage tours of their institutions and offer candid "talk-back" information not generally available to students.
From behind the curtain to the front row, weekly cultural outings give interns a chance to experience all of the forms of art that the Berkshires have to offer. Outings range from private, curator-led tours at notable art museums to indie films screenings.
MCLA's tuition rates are generally lower than those of comparable institutions (see application form for details).
Scholarships and tuition reductions are available on a limited basis for applicants. Visit the Apply Page for informant about Tuition Reduction and Scholarship information for the program. Interns receive a $100 weekly stipend and are provided with accommodations in North Adams.
Early Applications are strongly recommended. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline for the program has been extended to February 22, 2016.
FOR MORE INFORMATION contact
Director, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center
413 662 5320
Office hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (EST)