The New York City Internship Program takes place in the fall semester in NYC and is composed of one 8-hour internship and two 4-credit classes, for a total of 16 academic credits.
Students will challenge themselves through an intensive internship and study experience in the vibrant and culturally and linguistically heterogeneous environment of New York City. They will gain meaningful, real-world work experience in New York City, learning experientially in several domains: career readiness and marketability, training in cross-cultural adaptation to one of the largest and busiest cites in the US, and academically through the two 4-credit courses offered on this program. One benefit from the urban setting of New York City is its proximity to museums, libraries, theatres, galleries, nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, and global industries, such as finance.
This pre-professional program leverages our strong alumni community and internship opportunities in NYC with two academic courses on the history of the people of New York and the theatre industry on and off Broadway. This is a collaborative program between Centre, Sewanee, and Rhodes: each school will send students to participate. Student applications are on the Buckman Center's website.
F11 will be granted for satisfactory completion of this program.
- Academic Internship – 8 credits
- History 239: New York and Its Peoples, Past and Present – 4 credits (F3)
- Theatre 265: New York Theater Experience: The Building of a Culture and a Career – 4 credits (F5)
History 239: New York and Its Peoples, Past and Present
This course explores New York City by studying the migrants and immigrants who have settled there since its founding. It explores how migrants and immigrants change New York, how the city changes them, and the significance of ethnic diversity in the city’s politics and culture. We will read scholarly writings, examine films and music as primary sources, take field trips to immigrant neighborhoods, and visit museums devoted to migration and immigration. At every opportunity, we will venture outside our classroom to learn about the city through direct observation.
New York City is a place of constant change, but its defining traits have been present since its earliest times: a dynamic economy that generates both wealth and poverty; ethnic diversity and ethnically defined neighborhoods; religious pluralism; turf-based politics that features ethnic mobilizations and coalitions; and a hybrid popular culture. All of these can be traced to the long history of migration and immigration in New York City. In this course, you will learn in and from New York City. You will explore the past and present of the city in light of its migrants (primarily African American and Puerto Rican U.S. citizens) and immigrants from Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia. We’ll study how migrants and immigrants change New York City, how New York City changes them, and the enduring significance of ethnic diversity in the city’s politics and culture.
Theatre 265: New York Theater Experience: The Building of a Culture and a Career
The class will highlight the personal, cultural, and professional value of theater through attending eight live performances at a variety of venues: including Broadway, the center of the global commercial theater world, New York’s Public Theater, the non-profit home where many great artists and new plays have been developed and nurtured, as well as others. The class will also offer weekly discussions highlighting the history/mission of each institution and discussing different professional disciplines within the field. The lectures will be supported by reading of current articles written on key issues within the industry, and post show discussions with artist involved in the various productions.