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.
The Liberal Arts in Practice Center has funding available for internships. More than 100 students received funding last year. In recent years they have streamlined the funding process by developing a common application for funds administered by their offices. If you would like more individualized help, the LAPC staff are willing to meet with you one-on-one. More information is available at http://www.beloit.edu/lapc/
Additionally students can look at non-college sources and funding available through other BC departments,which require separate applications and may have different deadlines. In particular, want to once again call attention to the 15 well-paid, Think BIG! internships in the Stateline area. For more information, including who qualifies and specific position descriptions see : http://www.beloit.edu/lapc/