Hands-On Work Experience

Madison is a vital cultural center, with a large variety of arts and cultural organizations. Bolz Center students have been active participants in that cultural life for more than 30 years, working with a full spectrum of leading organizations.

Beyond the practical training these positions provide, project assistantships offer students an invaluable form of financial aid -- including a full waiver of tuition, health insurance benefits, and a stipend to help cover the additional costs of their education.

Students are also highly encouraged to participate in summer internships at organizations around the country. These have included work with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Walker Art Center, Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Opera, Bravo! Vail, Aspen Music Festival, Chicago Humanities Festival, the Wolf Trap Farm Foundation, and many others.

Students also learn from practitioners through the Bolz Center guest speaker series. Recent speakers have included top-level managers from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Walker Art Center; American Composers Forum; Doris Duke Foundation; National Children's Museum; Artspace; Ballet Hispanico of New York; National Arts Strategies in Washington, DC; Nonesuch Records; and many others. Speakers also take time to meet students individually and in small groups, helping students build their own professional network as they learn.