Internships: What You Can Do

American Studies

An American Studies degree can serve as a foundation for a wide array of careers - newspaper reporter, radio show producer, museum curator, public history educator, lawyer, foundation administrator, documentary film maker, magazine or book editor, government service.  In preparation for such careers, the American Studies program at UMass Lowell helps its students arrange internships with cultural institutions and media outlets. Recently, students have worked with producers at Open Source (a nationally syndicated public radio show), Lowell's public access television, and New England-area museums and living heritage sites.  

For further information about internship opportunities, please contact Co-Director Dr. Michael Millner or Co-Director Dr. Jonathan Silverman at



UMass Lowell promotes experiential learning and encourages students to gain valuable experience through internships, co-ops, service learning and volunteer opportunities. In addition to their course work, art majors are required to complete an internship (120 hours/3 credits). The internship is the first step on a student’s professional path. With the help of their internship faculty adviser, students should secure an internship that is relevant to their concentration and will help them launch their careers in art or design. A binder with internship offers is kept in the Art and Design office. In addition listings and other information can be found by visiting the Art & Design Department’s Internship wiki. 

The federal government's Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) places limitations on unpaid internships. Students and employers are encouraged to read the UMass Lowell Career Services guidelines. 

Particularly, it may be helpful to read the FLSA's Test for Unpaid Interns and the six criteria that must be met to be in compliance with the law. 

Get tips on how to evaluate an internship.

Visit the Art Department Internship page for complete information.

Communications and Critical Thinking:Philosophy

Philosophy Practicum

Students will ordinarily take a three-credit practicum consisting of a volunteer internship at a professional site relevant to their course of study. At the end of the practicum, students will write an eight-page essay describing their experience and its contribution to their course of study. Students may also opt out of the practicum and do a focused directed study leading to a 25-page thesis paper on a topic they want to explore in depth.

For more information about finding the practicum requirement and help with placement, contact the Philosophy Department.

Whitley R.P. Kaufman

Department of Philosophy
Dugan Hall, Room 200
883 Broadway Street
Lowell, MA 01854


Music Internship

The internship experience is an important bridge between academic preparation and career development. Students must have completed all required courses and are expected to have acquired the necessary knowledge to be successful in the music business industry. Students undertake an internship at a professional firm involved in some facet of the music industry.

Please contact the department Internship Coordinator for more information.
Alan Williams
Chair of Music Dept., Professor; Coordinator of Music Business, Musicianship