"Spring Arts and Humanities Internship Fair" a Huge Success
By Rachel Sousa '18 | Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Rachel Sousa '18
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
On Tuesday, February 13th, the Arts Extension Service and College of Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst held the “Spring Arts and Humanities Internship Fair” in the Fine Arts Center Atrium as part of the Arts Extension Service’s Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative. All students from the Five College Consortium (UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College) were welcome. Located in the Fine Arts Center, students scaled the main stairs, signed in, and made name tags before exploring potential Spring semester and/or Summer experiences.
At least 25 organizations and artists showed up for the fair—including theater companies, cultural councils, and individual artists—where representatives of arts and humanities organizations could interact directly with students interested in careers in their fields. Of the many interesting organizations offering internships were: Chester Theatre Company, Chicopee Cultural Council, and Hampshire Shakespeare Company, to name a few. HFA’s director of career development services, Caroline Gould, and other staff members from HFA Advising and Career Services sat at a table near the back entrance, ready to answers questions and provide tips for navigating fair and speaking with potential employers.
Dee Boyle-Clapp, director of the Arts Extension Service and the main coordinator and overseer of the fair, noted her excitement about the fair’s success, which saw its largest turnout this year. “Our goals are to see students expand their resumes through internships, help students explore possible career opportunities that they may not have considered prior to meeting a working artist or arts manager, help our UMass students obtain a local internship so they will be more competitive for internships in New York, Washington DC and beyond, and meet individuals who can become their mentors,” explained Dee. She continued: “These internship opportunities can build students resumes, build a network of people beyond faculty to provide letters of recommendation for future internships, and provide a block of time for students to explore a variety of jobs in the arts.” In other words, this concentration of opportunities provides students to easy and convenient access to unique job experiences which they may not be exposed to otherwise.
At the entrance to the atrium, a student named Emma Waldman '20 helped check students in. Waldman benefited from the Arts and Humanities Internship Fair last year. She studies Art Management, and talked about the instant connection made between herself and Linda McInerney—a woman organizing Eggtooth Productions’ Full Disclosure Festival in downtown Greenfield last year. Waldman quickly accepted the position, explaining that it was an “interdisciplinary internship, which worked with my schedule and let me work closely with Linda McInerney. I learned a lot in the short 6 weeks.” Waldman’s experience is not uncommon, with students continually benefitting from the fair.
The Arts and Humanities Internship Fair takes place each semester in the Fine Arts Center Atrium. More information can be found on the Arts Extension Service