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Experiential Learning


  • Students Perform a Concert at Future Tenant Art Space
  • A Student Interacts With an Art Print
  • A Student discusses her project at a poster fair
  • A Speaker Addresses a Classroom
  • Students Participate in an Art Project at Future Tenant
  • A representative from Americans for the Arts speaks

Ideas to Action


From client projects to industry events, practical experience is a cornerstone of your Heinz College education.

Effective leaders and managers must know how to deliver on their ideas in a measurable way, clearly communicate with all stakeholders, and understand how their roles and decisions fit into the broader landscape of the field. To achieve these competencies, there is no substitute for meaningful hands-on learning experiences that bridge learned theories and best practices.

AT HEINZ, YOU WILL:

  • Experience Pittsburgh's arts and cultural sector, widely recognized for its innovative approaches and contributions to the city's renaissance.
  • Move beyond the classroom and gain tangible skills through work opportunities both on- and off-campus, including positions at Future Tenant Art Space and fellowships at the College of Fine Arts.
  • Solve a real-world problem for a real-world client in your team-based Capstone Project, collaborating with our top industry and government partners.
  • Make meaningful connections through internships and apprenticeships, many of which lead to full-time job offers.
  • Apply your newly earned knowledge from class to immersive activities, workshops, events, and student clubs.

Not only do these opportunities crystallize concepts and strategies learned in coursework, they add highly marketable industry experience to your resume prior to graduation.

FUTURE TENANT: A SPACE FOR ART

Future Tenant is a "rough" space located in the heart of Pittsburgh's Cultural District that features alternative exhibitions and performances by the region's emerging artists. Future Tenant offers MAM students the opportunity to gain invaluable, practical management experience in a culturally active setting. Future Tenant is an experience unlike any other offered anywhere else.

A team of approximately 6-7 MAM students (both first- and second-year) handle all aspects of Future Tenant's planning, programming, managing, budgeting, marketing, and fundraising throughout the year, under the guidance and support of a MAM program faculty member.

  • A student stands out in Front of Future Tenant Smoking a Cigarette
  • A Student stands in front of an art installation at Future Tenant Art Space
  • A student hangs a piece of art on the wall at Future Tenant art space
  • A Student Examines an art installation at Future Tenant Art Space
  • Art from Future Tenant
  • Students discuss an exhibition at Future Tenant Art space

FUTURE TENANT: A WORKING ARTS LAB


Future Tenant provides MAM students with rich opportunities for practical arts management experience as well as exposure to cutting-edge exhibits and performances

CAPSTONE PROJECTS

Most full-time Heinz College master’s students complete a team-based project, working in close collaboration with a real-world client. These projects fulfill an actual business or operational need for our partners, giving students an opportunity to have a measurable impact while still in school.

Recent MAM Capstone clients include:

  • The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
  • National Theatre Institute/Eugene O'Neill Center
  • globalFEST
  • Rivers of Steel Arts
  • Phillips Connection
  • Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

INTERNSHIPS & APPRENTICESHIPS

MAM students are required to complete a 10-week, full-time internship during the summer between the first and second years. The majority of our students complete their summer internship in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, or Los Angeles. Internships present students with the chance to apply what they’ve learned in their first year to real-life situations, gain exposure to their future field, build their resume, and make lasting professional contacts.

Additionally, many MAM students take on a part-time apprenticeship in the Pittsburgh region during their second year. All MAM students are eligible to complete an apprenticeship, with earnings up to $5,000. Apprenticeships further supplement coursework and enrich the student experience.

Unforgettable Internships


MAM students discuss the impact of getting practical experience at arts organizations

Recent Internships:

  • Aspen Music Festival
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater
  • American Repertory Theatre
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Glimmerglass Festival
  • The Guggenheim Museum
  • Whitney Museum of American Art

Recent Apprenticeships:

  • Andy Warhol Museum
  • Carnegie Museum of Art
  • The Mattress Factory
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
  • City Theatre Company
  • Attack Theatre
  • Pittsburgh Public Theatre
  • Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Pittsburgh Opera
  • Pittsburgh Children's Museum

NETWORKING, INDUSTRY TRIPS, AND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS


New York City Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge at dusk

The MAM Program organizes a number of unique opportunities for networking with and gaining insight from top industry professionals. These opportunities include conferences, industry trips, speakers, and Network New York, which has become a centerpiece of the program's first year. We organize other cohort trips to Washington, D.C. and other cultural centers as well.

  • MAM students at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • A podium at the APAP conference
  • MAM students gathered at a conference
  • MAM students raising their arms

MAM in the Field


MAM students have many opportunities to network with and learn from professionals during industry trips and arts conferences

ON-CAMPUS POSITIONS
  • Fellowship positions are available through the College of Fine Arts School of Music, School of Drama, Miller Gallery, and other CFA departments, as well as the Heinz College-affiliated Arts Management and Technology Laboratory (AMTLab).
  • Research Assistantships pair students with faculty and research centers to pursue topics of interest.
  • Teaching Assistantships are available to students in the final two semesters of their program. 

U.S. Citizens enrolled in the MAM program can work part-time for organizations in the Pittsburgh region, and work for public and non-profit firms is often eligible for Federal Community Service Work Study. 

See the MAM Student Finances page for more information about work study and fellowship opportunities.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES & CLUBS

Many Heinz College students complement their education with involvement in immersive student activities and clubs. In some cases these activities are purely recreational or centered on community-building, but in many others they can be direct extensions of, or supplements to, coursework.

Students Await the Beginning of a Panel on Arts Education