The Berkshire Hills Internship Program (B-HIP) is an intensive arts management internship program that offers students educational and career advancement opportunities through hands-on work experience at cultural sites in the Berkshires, classes taught by MCLA's arts management faculty, and networking opportunities with the area's leading arts professionals.
Admission to B-HIP is competitive. Each summer, ten of the most qualified applicants are invited to participate in the program. In addition to the indispensable experience they gain at their internship sites, participants earn 3 graduate credits through Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. For an additional cost, participants may earn an extra 6 internship 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 class, held over three intensive weekends, which gives participants an opportunity to build on what they have learned at their internship sites by exploring in greater detail current trends in the field of arts management.
Interns also participate in opportunities to network and learn from top-level arts management professionals in the Berkshires. Notable guest speakers offer their insight into trends and practices in arts management that builds on both the hands-on experience and classroom training participants gain throughout the program.
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, and much more!
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 information about Tuition Reduction and Scholarships. Each intern receives a $100 weekly stipend from their host institution and are provided with accommodations on MCLA's campus in North Adams.
Early Applications are strongly recommended. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017.
FOR MORE INFORMATION contact
Education Coordinator, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center
Office hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (EST)