Department of Art & Art History

Internships

It’s time to get beyond the classroom and get some work experience! Internships enable you to learn more about the working world, think about possible career avenues, and make contacts that could help you find a job after graduation. In the past, Auburn students in the Department of Art & Art History have had wonderful internships at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and many other venues. Join their ranks!

Informal and formal internships, both paid and unpaid, are available all over the country (and even overseas!) at museums, galleries, and studios. Students who meet department guidelines and who fill out the paperwork in advance of the start date are also eligible to apply their internship to their transcript for college credit. Forms are available at the front desk of Biggin 108.

How to find, apply for, and get an internship:

Sign up for a College of Liberal Arts Career Community

  • Visit aub.ie/clacareercommunities
  • Sign up for the Visual, Written, & Performing Arts community (and any others that are applicable)
  • Students who enroll in a CLA Career Community will receive specialized services. They will gain access to alumni working in their desired field of employment, and will receive invitations to attend industry-specific events or activities. In addition, students enrolled in a Career Community will receive not only emails from Handshake but also curated information about relevant job postings, events, and opportunities in the category chosen.
  • Aim to attend at least one Career Community event each semester

 

Pick up and read the Internship Handbook

  • This offers advice on how to locate internship opportunities, prepare your CV (sample CVs and resumes for artists and art historians are included), write a cover letter, and ask for letters of reference
  • Available from the front desk of Biggin 108

 

Attend at least one Career Fair and/or Career Trek

  • Information on upcoming Career Treks is available here
  • Information on upcoming Career Fairs is available here

 

Get assistance

For help reviewing resumes, seeking internships and jobs, and general career advice, contact:

Marianne McCarley
CLA Career Services Specialist
308 Tichenor Hall Auburn University, AL
mccarley@auburn.edu
334-844-2187
Direct Appointments through Advise Assist
Addye Buckley-Burnell
Assistant Director of Career Development
Liaison to the College of Liberal Arts
addyebb@auburn.edu

 

For specific internship assistance for studio and art history students, contact:

Studio Art: Prof. Annie Campbell
abc0064@auburn.edu
Art History: Dr. Karen Sonik
ksonik@auburn.edu

 

CLA Academic Enrichment Scholarships for Internships

The College of Liberal Arts offers scholarships of up to $3000 to support students who have secured internships related to their career goals and who need financial support to complete these. Full information and eligibility requirements are available here

 

Where to Look for an Internship

Our students have been selected for prestigious internships at:

  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
  • Museum of Modern Art, NY
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
  • The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  • The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX
  • Whitney Western Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, WY
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
  • Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN
  • Orlando Museum of Art, FL
  • Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
  • High Museum, Atlanta, GA
  • Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA
  • BURNAWAY: The Voice of Art in the South, Atlanta, GA
  • Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA
  • Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
  • Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University
  • Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
  • Museum of East Alabama, Opelika, AL
  • Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, Auburn, AL

 

The following resources will help you to locate and prepare your internship applications.

Last Updated: November 12, 2018