An internship is required for the Master of Education in Community Arts program. After completing 15 credits of coursework, students will complete 150 hours of fieldwork in an internship setting related to their professional goals and specialization, and attend an accompanying seminar. This provides an opportunity for practical application of the conceptual frameworks and competencies developed in the coursework, and allows the student to cultivate relationships with other professionals in the field. See below for samples of recent internship locations.
Under the guidance of the Community Arts Internship Coordinator, a site
supervisor, and a Lesley supervisor, students use program resources,
including a well-developed internship data base, a Community Arts
student network, and other means, to secure an appropriate internship. The setting of the internship should reflect the professional interests, skills, goals, and previous experiences of the student.
Given the diversity of interests students bring to the Community Arts Program, internship sites can be found in Boston, throughout the United States, or in other countries. Regardless of location, all interns have the guidance of both on-site supervision and Lesley supervision through initial, mid-semester, and final evaluations.
The internship helps the student to expand upon skills predefined by the
student, the on-site supervisor, and the Lesley supervisor. The goals
set by the student should contribute to the goals of the sponsoring
Further details are available in the Internship Manual, which is available to current program students via the Community Arts section of myLesley.