Semester-long internships are available with prominent design and art studios locally, in New York City and elsewhere, arranged through the Department of Art. Advanced students in all BA or BFA concentrations may enroll in an internship course to gain practical experience in the field. Placement is made in conjunction with faculty and includes design firms, commercial photographers, established art institutions or alternative art spaces.
Internships are frequently available to Art History majors and minors at such local museums and galleries as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Anderson Art Gallery, BICA, Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Castellani Art Museum, the Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art (CEPA), the CFA Art Gallery, and Hallwalls.
While internships may not be used to fulfill distribution requirements, they may be taken for credit.
We want to ensure both you and our students have a successful experience. If your opportunity is relevant to the skills and educational goals of our students, and meets the guidelines below, we will contact you to process your request. Once approved we will announce the opportunity to our undergraduates and graduates.
We accept internship opportunities that are both paid and unpaid (for-credit) but they must meet our pedagogical learning objectives. For a student to receive credit, your internship opportunity must provide real world, on the job experience that includes skills training and mentorship within that particular discipline.
We realize budgets are tight — frequently businesses request student interns to complete projects utilizing their skills and expertise in exchange for “experience.” This free labor devalues the professional services of the trained artist and designer and weakens the industry for all. We discourage students from doing work for free, without monetary compensation or the opportunity to advance academically.
Please fill out and submit our Internship Request Form to be considered. Once approved we will contact you and announce the opportunity to our students.
The main goal of your internship is to gain real world experience in your area of practice. Your internship should offer invaluable skills training and mentoring in the discipline. It is suggested that you interview with at least two different organizations.
To register into ART 496 Internship, you must complete this Application/Contract form and have it approved by the faculty member who will be supervising your work, preferably a program head within your major, prior to beginning the internship. These steps must be completed in order to receive credit.