Internships & Prizes
Susan Rose Internships in Music
Each summer since 1998, a number of students in music have pursued career internships in a wide variety of areas with financial support provided by an extraordinarily generous gift to the college from Susan Wechsler Rose, Smith ’63. These internships--in performance, in academic musical study, in music administration and in the real world of the business of music--have ranged from participation in the opera workshop at the Aspen Music Festival, in Aspen, Colorado, to the study of traditional Ewe drumming in the African nation of Ghana; they have supported field work on Buddhist chanting in California and bibliographical work on Berlioz at the Bibliothèque nationale de France; they have included the study of conducting at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, and the producing of popular albums with “What Are Records” in Boulder, Colorado; they have sponsored orchestral librarianship at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York, and administrative assistance at the Washington National Opera, in Washington, D.C.
All sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled at Smith College whose curriculum has included classroom courses in music, and who have demonstrated a commitment to the study of music, are eligible--and are encouraged--to compete for a Susan Rose Internship. The grant provides funding up to an approximate maximum of $5,000. Students are normally awarded only one grant during their years at the College, but in special circumstances students may apply for a second Rose Internship.
Internships are normally carried out during the summer months following the sophomore or junior year, but proposals for work during the academic year, or for work to be carried out after graduation, will also receive careful consideration.
A student who wishes to compete for an internship should consult with her music professors, and with the chair of the music department’s Susan Rose Internship Committee, regarding the area in which she expects to pursue her work. She should then prepare a one-page proposal and a detailed budget (indicating, as specifically required for the internship, the cost of room and board, instruction, and transportation), and submit these documents to the chair of the Committee along with an unofficial copy of her academic transcript. She should have two brief letters of recommendation (from music professors or others familiar with her work) sent via e-mail to the chair of the Committee.
Applications must be submitted to the chair of the Committee on or before April 20. Awards will be announced before April 30.
The Smith College Department of Music also awards annual prizes for excellent work in the areas of music history, theory, composition, and performance. In some cases these prizes offer substantial amounts that may cover the expense of summer musical study or even tuition at an institution of higher learning.