An internship is a supplemental educational opportunity to explore career options and develop skills related to the Art, Art History or Design undergraduate major in a work or work-related setting.
Internships are generally offered on an unpaid or volunteer basis. Students are encouraged to view the internship as a learning experience related to an art-focused undergraduate education and career development in related fields as opposed to an employment opportunity. Students who are seeking regular, paid employment should contact UW’s Career Center for student and alumni employment information and opportunities.
As you investigate internships, you should keep in mind that you are also interviewing the sponsoring agency: you need to find out whether the internship opportunity is right for you. Ask yourself if the placement would give you the kind of experience you’re looking for. Talk with the sponsor about your goals and interests. You may want to interview with more than one agency so that you can compare their merits.
SEARCHING FOR INTERNSHIPS
If you are looking for an internship, there are many on-campus resources available to you. The Advising Office is happy to help point you in the right direction. Please note: In order to receive School of Art credit for internship work, students must secure internships on their own and make their own arrangements with a faculty sponsor prior to registration.
SOA INTERNSHIP RESOURCES
You can find information about careers, internships, and events for students in the arts through our online bulletin board ArtExperience.
You can also investigate a potential internship on your own by approaching an organization or agency engaged in work that interests you. If students find internships through any campus or off-campus source, they may make their own arrangements. Art, Art History and Design majors have found rewarding internships through the Henry Art Gallery, the Seattle Art Museum, EMP, and many other local arts organizations.
Earning Credit For An Internship
Art, Art History and Design majors can receive credit for internships.
For Art and Art History undergraduates, download and read the Internship Credit Form.
For Design undergraduates, read the Design Internship Guidelines.
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