Almost all of our students have at least one internship experience, whether part- or full-time, volunteer or paid, and many have the opportunity for two or three during summers and/or the academic year. Begin thinking early about possible internships. Through them, you will gain valuable experience – and professional contacts – in the field, have the opportunity to try possible career paths without making a long-term commitment, and augment and enrich your academic coursework.
Take advantage of the resources available to you in Career Services and in the Art Department Office. Check the Career Services home page for listings of internships and for further information on internships at the following locations: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; and Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee.
Our majors are regularly awarded internships in graphic design, art therapy, publishing, and in museums and galleries. Recently, art history majors have won prestigious summer internships at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the St. Louis Art Museum, and at the Hirshhorn, the Corcoran, the Phillips Collection and even the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. There are also internship opportunities in cities and countries associated with study abroad programs (check with the Office of International Education).
Closer to home, some students elect to become Curator of the Hales Gallery, a student-run space on campus that features rotating exhibits of student work. Other students work in downtown Beloit at Gallery ABBA, a lively, flourishing, entirely student-run commercial art gallery where students can also exhibit and sell their art. Regular transportation to Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago and surrounding areas can be arranged through Career Services for internships in these municipal centers.
For funding opportunities see The Liberal Arts in Practice Center.