Arts Management Consulting Practicum

Information for Organizations

How could your arts or cultural organization benefit from 100 hours of consulting by a professionally trained graduate student?

The MA in Arts Management program at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) will be placing a select number of graduate students to consult with nonprofit arts and cultural institutions during every spring semester. 

These students, usually in their final semester of study, have received training in business management through the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and in arts management and cultural policy through the School of Arts and Humanities. 

The purpose of this consultancy is to provide the student with real world experience in the area of their greatest interest and expertise, and to provide organizations with the capacity to undertake projects that staff lacks the time or expertise to conduct.

Each project must take place during the semester of instruction, requires 100 hours, and include a deliverable outcome, as well as a report submitted to both the organization and CGU.

Organizations will:
Claremont Graduate University will:
  • Define the project
  • Provide a staff liaison and access to the information needed to conduct the project
  • Compensate the student consultant in an amount up to $4,000, a considerable savings over most professional fees. 

    We recognize that some applicants may find it challenging to provide this compensation. The application provides the opportunity to state an amount that is workable for your organization. Please be aware that this might become a factor in the competitiveness of your application.
  • Match students to organizations
  • Provide coaching to and supervision of student consultants
  • Communicate with the organization’s project liaison
  • Review the final project report prior to submission to your organization

The faculty supervisor for this course is the distinguished arts management consultant, Hope Tschopik Schneider.

The Director of the Arts Management Program, Laura Zucker, and faculty supervisor, Hope Tschopik Schneider, will review the applications and match them with prospective student consultants. Organizations will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • the substantive nature of the project and its potential to impact the organization (this is not intended to be an internship, wherein the organization provides direction and the student carries out assignments, but a consultancy, wherein the student consult conducts research, provides analysis or assessment, designs systems and/or makes recommendations based in best practices)
  • the relevance of the project to student’s interest and expertise
  • the efficacy of project to be completed in the hours available
  • the organization’s capacity to support and compensate the student consultant to conduct the project.


  • Proposal submission deadline Nov. 7
  • Organization/student pairing mid-November
  • Definition of scope of service mid-December and beginning of January
  • Spring semester starts January 20, and ends May 11 (15 weeks)

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