Internships

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Internships are at the heart of George Mason University’s Arts Management Program. Strategically placed at the core of both the graduate and undergraduate minor curriculum, the required arts management internships are where our students begin applying and refining the skills they are learning in the classroom, in a professional setting.

Our students have contributed over 60,000 hours in dynamic organizations ranging in size and focus from large organizations like the Smithsonian Institution and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, to independent community focused arts organizations such as the Arlington Arts Center, Dance Place, and Arena Stage.  Mason has also worked to cultivate partnerships with affiliates in the Washington, D.C. Metro region and beyond, that provide our students with exclusive internship opportunities.

With guidance from faculty, students identify an organization that aligns with their career path, and craft an internship experience designed to give them valuable hands-on experience in the field. Areas of focus include: arts marketing, communications, public relations, development, finance, operations, fundraising, and event management. Hour requirements vary by degree, with undergraduate minors completing, 50 hours per credit, and graduate students completing 42 hours per credit, please consult the university catalog for details on the exact credit requirements. For information about the Arts Management Internship Program, or to arrange for an internship, please contact Professor Sarah Cissna. As a first step in the internship process, it is suggested that you familiarize yourself with the appropriate Internship Guide.


Select Internship Sites

OrganizationLocationArea of Focus
1st Stage TheaterVAPerforming Arts
Afromoda Dance TheatreDCPerforming Arts
Air Force Photo (Pentagon)VAVisual Arts
Alexandria Symphony OrchestraVAPerforming Arts
Alliance of Artists and Recording CompaniesVAPerforming Arts
American Academy of Arts and SciencesMAInterdisciplinary
American Century TheatreVAPerforming Arts
American Dance FestivalNCPerforming Arts
American Youth Philharmonic OrchestrasVAPerforming Arts
Americans for the ArtsDCInterdisciplinary
Apollo’s Fire–The Cleveland Baroque OrchestraOHPerforming Arts
Arena StageDCPerforming Arts
Arlington Arts CenterVAVisual Arts
Arlington County Cultural AffairsVAInterdisciplinary
Arlington Economic DevelopmentVAInterdisciplinary
Art at the CenterVAVisual Arts
Art League GalleryVAVisual Arts
Art Museums of the AmericasDCVisual Arts
Art SoireeDCInterdisciplinary
Art-o-maticDCVisual Arts
Artbot GalleryVAVisual Arts
ArtisphereVAInterdisciplinary
Arts Council of Fairfax CountyVAInterdisciplinary
Aspen Music FestivalCOPerforming Arts
Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) ConferenceOHInterdisciplinary
Association of Performing Arts PresentersDCPerforming Arts
BodyWise DanceDCPerforming Arts
Bowen McCauley DanceVAPerforming Arts
Bravo! Vail Music FestivalCOPerforming Arts
Broadway GalleryVAVisual Arts
Candy Factory, Center for Arts VAVisual Arts
Capital FringeDCPerforming Arts
Capitol Hill Arts WorkshopDCVisual Arts
Chateauville Foundation, Castleton FestivalVAVisual Arts
Cherry Blossom FestivalDCInterdisciplinary
Chinese Culture ConnectionDCInterdisciplinary
Choral Arts Society of WashingtonDCPerforming Arts
Christie'sNYVisual Arts
City DanceDCPerforming Arts
Contemporary American Theater FestivalWVPerforming Arts
Contemporary Arts CenterLAVisual Arts
Council of the Arts HerndonVAInterdisciplinary
Creative Arts Therapy StudioVAInterdisciplinary
Creative CurrencyCAInterdisciplinary
Cultural DCDCInterdisciplinary
Dance PlaceDCPerforming Arts
Dance USADCPerforming Arts
Dancin' Unlimited Jazz Dance CompanyVAPerforming Arts
DC Jazz FestivalDCPerforming Arts
DCistDCInterdisciplinary
Deeply Rooted Dance TheaterILPerforming Arts
Deutsche OrchestervereinigungInternational/GermanyPerforming Arts
Embassy of PeruDCInterdisciplinary
Empowered Women InternationalVAInterdisciplinary
Entertainment Industries CouncilVAPerforming Arts
Fairfax Choral SocietyVAPerforming Arts
Fairfax Commission on the ArtsVAInterdisciplinary
Fairfax Community ChurchVAInterdisciplinary
Fairfax County Dance CoalitionVAPerforming Arts
Fairfax Symphony OrchestraVAPerforming Arts
Ford’s TheatreDCPerforming Arts
Founders Hall GalleryVAVisual Arts
Fredericksburg Parks & RecVAInterdisciplinary
Freer GalleryDCVisual Arts
Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler GalleryDCVisual Arts
Gay Men's Chorus of WashingtonDCPerforming Arts
GE MinistriesDCInterdisciplinary
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Arts Management Department, MarketingVAInterdisciplinary
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Center for the ArtsVAPerforming Arts
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Center for the Arts, MarketingVAInterdisciplinary
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, CommunicationsVAInterdisciplinary
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, CurationVAVisual Arts
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Dance ConferenceVAPerforming Arts
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Dance DepartmentVAPerforming Arts
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Dean's OfficeVAInterdisciplinary
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, DevelopmentVAInterdisciplinary
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, FinanceVAInterdisciplinary
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Game Design DepartmentVAInterdisciplinary
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, MarketingVAInterdisciplinary
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of MusicVAPerforming Arts
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Music, Music TechnologyVAPerforming Arts
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Music, OperationsVAPerforming Arts
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Theater DepartmentVAPerforming Arts
George Mason University DevelopmentVAInterdisciplinary
George Mason University STEAM, School of Theater, Marketing, Promotion and Event SupportVAPerforming Arts
George Mason University, Center for the ArtsVAPerforming Arts
George Mason University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Mid-Atlantic Region American College of Dance ConferenceVAPerforming Arts
George Mason University, CVPA DevelopmentVAInterdisciplinary
George Mason University, CVPA FinanceVAInterdisciplinary
George Mason University, CVPA Marketing and Audience ServicesVAInterdisciplinary
George Mason University, Hylton Performing Arts CenterVAPerforming Arts
George Mason University, New World Bilingual Institute (NWBI)VAInterdisciplinary
George Mason University, Provisions LibraryVAInterdisciplinary
George Mason University, School of DanceVAPerforming Arts
George Mason University, School of Dance, American College Dance FestivalVAPerforming Arts
George Mason University, School of TheaterVAPerforming Arts
George Mason University, Theater of the First AmendmentVAPerforming Arts
George Mason, University School of ArtVAVisual Arts
German Orchestra UnionVAPerforming Arts
Gourmet SymphonyDCPerforming Arts
Great Falls StudiosVAVisual Arts
Hamiltonian GalleryDCVisual Arts
Hillyer Art SpaceDCVisual Arts
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture GardenDCVisual Arts
Hubbard Street Dance ILPerforming Arts
Institute of Museum and Library ServicesDCInterdisciplinary
International Arts and ArtistsDCInterdisciplinary
International Child Art FoundationDCInterdisciplinary
Jane Franklin DanceVAPerforming Arts
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing ArtsDCPerforming Arts
Karen Reedy DanceVAPerforming Arts
Korean Cultural CenterDCInterdisciplinary
Kreeger MuseumDCVisual Arts
Library of CongressDCInterdisciplinary
Lincoln Center for the Performing ArtsNYPerforming Arts
Living Legends EntertainmentPerforming Arts
Lorton Arts FoundationVAInterdisciplinary
Lorton Workhouse Art CenterVAInterdisciplinary
Manassas Center for the ArtsVAVisual Arts
McCarter Theatre CenterNJPerforming Arts
McLean OrchestraVAPerforming Arts
McLean Project for the ArtsVAVisual Arts
Meridian International CenterDCVisual Arts
Metropolitan Museum of ArtNYVisual Arts
Mudra Arts CenterVAVisual Arts
Museum of the Shenandoah ValleyVAVisual Arts
National Center for Creative AgingDCInterdisciplinary
National Endowment for the ArtsDCInterdisciplinary
National Museum of the U.S. NavyDCInterdisciplinary
National Museum of Women in the ArtsDCVisual Arts
National New Play NetworkDCPerforming Arts
National Center for the Performing Arts, ChinaInternational/ChinaPerforming Arts
New Millennium For Contemporary Art CenterInternational/ChinaVisual Arts
NewseumDCVisual Arts
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association at The Athenaeum,The VAVisual Arts
NPRDCInterdisciplinary
ObjectDCVAVisual Arts
OMI International Arts CenterNYInternational
Patricia M. Sitar Center for the ArtsDCVisual Arts
Phillips CollectionDCVisual Arts
Ping Pong ProductionsDCPerforming Arts
Pinkline ProjectDCVisual Arts
Pointless Theatre CompanyDCPerforming Arts
Potomac Arts AcademyVAInterdisciplinary
Prince William CampusVAVisual Arts
Prince William County Arts CouncilVAInterdisciplinary
Prince William Symphony OrchestraVAPerforming Arts
Principle GalleryVAVisual Arts
Projecto AprendizInternational/BrazilPerforming Arts
Roadside TheatreVAPerforming Arts
Shakespeare Theatre CompanyDCPerforming Arts
Signature TheaterVAPerforming Arts
Sister Cities InternationalDCInterdisciplinary
Smithsonian American Art MuseumDCVisual arts
Smithsonian Associates Discovery TheatreDCPerforming Arts
Smithsonian FolkwaysDCInterdisciplinary
Smithsonian Institution, Office of Sponsored ProjectsVAVisual Arts
Smithsonian Institution, Office of Sponsored ProjectsVAInterdisciplinary
Smithsonian National Air and Space MuseumDCInterdisciplinary
Smithsonian National Museum of African ArtDCVisual Arts
Smithsonian National Museum of American HistoryDCInterdisciplinary
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural HistoryDCVisual Arts
Smithsonian National Portrait GalleryDCVisual Arts
STEM Game DesignVAInterdisciplinary
Studio Theatre, The DCPerforming Arts
Sundance InstituteUTPerforming Arts
Taiwan PhilharmonicInternational/TaiwanPerforming Arts
Target GalleryVAVisual Arts
TEDxVAInterdisciplinary
The Phillips CollectionDCVisual Arts
The Textile MuseumDCVisual Arts
Today Art MuseumInternational/ChinaVisual Arts
Torpedo FactoryVAVisual Arts
United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumDCInterdisciplinary
Virginia Arts Festival's Virginia International Tattoo and HullabalooVAPerforming Arts
Virginia Ballet Company and SchoolVAPerforming Arts
Virginia OperaVAPerforming Arts
Walker International Communications GroupNYInterdisciplinary
Washington BalletDCPerforming Arts
Washington Chorus, The DCPerforming Arts
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic AssociationVAPerforming Arts
Washington National OperaDCPerforming Arts
Washington Performing ArtsDCPerforming Arts
Washington Project for the ArtsDCVisual Arts
Washington Stage GuildDCPerforming Arts
WETA Radio & TVVAInterdisciplinary
Wolf BrownMAVisual Arts
Wolf TrapVAPerforming Arts
Woolly Mammoth Theatre DCPerforming Arts
Workhouse Arts CenterVAInterdisciplinary
Youth Education in the ArtsPAInterdisciplinary
Youth for UnderstandingDCInterdisciplinary
Youth Orchestras of Prince WilliamVAPerforming Arts

Statement on Internships/Practica in Maryland

Upon the advice of the Office of University Counsel, with the conclusion of the Spring 2014 semester, George Mason University cannot grant credit for internships or practica conducted in Maryland.  This directive follows recent changes in the application of State of Maryland regulations. Please read the Official Statement from the Provost.