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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Communication, Journalism, and Media

Program Feature

  • Internship


  • United States

Program Term

  • Fall
  • Short-term

For more information, contact:  

Josh Antonuccio
Program Director
Email: antonucn@ohio.edu  

Office of Global Opportunities



In partnership with AC Entertainment, Ohio University students will have the exclusive opportunity to work on the ground with staff to assist in the operations of a major east coast music festival: Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester,TN. 

This internship-based course will allow students to research the logistics and facilitation of a modern music festival and apply that knowledge to direct firsthand support of a major event. Students will work onsite and backstage both before and during the festival, working with the various teams within operations and learning the various systems and staff responsibilities that enable a large-scale entertainment event. 

Information Sessions:

Good to Know

  • Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival: Students will be given passes for the week of the festival and will be camping on site with staff. Catered food services will be provided. Students are responsible to bring a tent and sleeping bag.

  • As part of this program, students are required to complete a form receiving permission to miss classes, as they will not be attendance during the first week of the Fall semester. This process is handled with guidance from faculty director.

  • Students will complete work over the summer, prior to this experience. 

Living Arrangements 

Students will be camping at the festival site.

Program Dates 

This course runs during Fall 2021 and will require participants to travel to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.  

  • Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival: August 27 - September 6 in Manchester, TN

    • Students and instructor will travel together to Manchester, TN 

This program is offered annually and typically opens for application by the start of the spring semester.

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu


Students will be enrolled in a total of 3 credit hours. 

The course offering is a special topics MDIA course. 


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, transportation to and from Tennessee, some meals, welcome and farewell dinner

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 3 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet - Fall 2021

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

*School of Media Arts & Studies students may apply for an internal scholarship through the  Ralph J. Bitzer MDIA Opportunities Scholarship

Eligibility and Requirements 

This program is open to all Ohio University students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 who are in good conduct standing. Preference is given to upperclassmen (Juniors/Seniors) and students who have taken or are enrolled in MDIA 3306 and/or MDIA 3308, though this is not required for acceptance. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.  

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.