Art and Art History offers curricular (for credit) and extracurricular (non-credit) internship experiences as valuable complements to classroom learning experiences.

Curricular internships are offered in each of the degree programs in Art and Art History including ARTS 191 (studio art), ARTH 191 (art history), and a variety of internship experiences in public schools and community programs (art education). Curricular internships require support from a faculty sponsor or program advisor.

Extracurricular internships may take place at any time but are usually undertaken during the summer or post-graduation.  These non-credit opportunities do not require UVM supervision or a faculty sponsor; nonetheless, a faculty member should be consulted for advice.

Internship Support Awards

The Department of Art and Art History encourages internships as a valuable component of an undergraduate education; therefore, Art and Art History is pleased to continue our internship support award program through which a student may obtain a grant of up to $1000 to support an internship that otherwise may not be financially feasible.

Art and Art History is especially interested in supporting students who secure internships that offer considerable learning opportunities not available in the Burlington area. Examples of potential internship opportunities include: artist studios/production studios/design studios, museums/galleries/auction houses, museum-based or community-based art education sites, artist agencies.

Continuing studio art, art history, or art education majors, as well as recent graduates are eligible to apply for an internship support award. (Yes, applications for support of post-grad internships are encouraged.)

Art and Art History Internship Support Awards are provided through the generosity of UVM alumna, Elizabeth van Merkensteijn.

Museum Administration, working with contemporary artists, speaking professionally in Spanish.


Ally Tanaka '20  "My internship in Sevilla, Spain was amazing. The museum is a historical site, as it was a 17th century hospice center for priests who were infected by the black plague but is now el Centro de Velazquez, displaying the art of local artists Velazquez and Murillo. When I arrived, I was immediately working on awards and grants given from the foundation to support contemporary artists. The work was strenuous but very engaging. I spoke with local artists and also artists from as far away as Mexico, which was a challenge because I had to use a professional manner while speaking in Spanish.  I used the library archives to study the art and the history of the building and wrote a comprehensive guide in English, augmented with an audio guide, for the Hospital de los Venerables. I was placed in charge of translating loan agreements between the museum and the National Gallery in London, an additional opportunity to increase my Spanish vocabulary. There were days when I would work on promotional aspects in addition to leading tours when I felt lucky to be able to take part in the work of running the museum. I will not forget the work of one of my favorite artists, Fernando Botero, who had a permanent piece in the contemporary art wing. Or, if I preferred, I was able to stare at the Immaculate Conception by Velazquez anytime I wanted to. This experience was so amazing and I was so fortunate to participate in it."

Working with students and teachers in the museum education field.


Ailinn Santos '19 was a Teacher’s Assistant for the studio art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston during the summer of 2018. Working with various teachers and a range of ages from five to eighteen, Ailinn assisted museum educators while also teaching her own lessons, with opportunities to include visits to, and discussion of, objects in the Museum within her lessons. “Numerous enrichment programs were offered so that I could experience additional aspects of museum work such as curation and restoration. The Museum of Fine Arts undoubtedly provided me with an outstanding experience that I will most definitely cherish forever. The internship grant helped make one of my dreams come true.”

Designing a Career

Sarah Jaye Art & Art History Intern

On the first day of her summer internship at Boston Magazine, studio art major Sara Jaye ’20 received a tour of the office which includes an archive room holding issues of the magazine dating back to the 70’s. “Every day I selected a magazine from a different year. Whenever I had spare time, I loved seeing how design has evolved to be what it is today.” Jaye got a first-hand education on modern design technology, but still appreciates the beautiful simplicity of design before computers became the standard tool for digital art. She handled a wide range of assignments including creating sales and marketing collateral, assisting the senior graphic designer with ad content creation, and helping out with special events. The experience has deepened her skills in design and is helping her understand how her work fits in with the bigger picture. “I’ll be able to show people I have real experience in the design industry, interacting not just with designers but people in marketing, sales and editorial departments. It’s a very diverse perspective.”

2018 Recipients of Internship Support Awards

  • Allegra Tanaka: interning at Adelante Abroad in Seville, Spain.
  • Ailinn Santos: interning at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

2017 Recipients of Internship Support Awards

  • Haley Crocker: interning at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
  • Julia Blasius: interning at the Center for Book Arts in New York City
  • Madison Yates: interning at Christie’s in New York City
  • Paige Hanley: interning at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT

2016 Recipients of Internship Support Awards

  • Stan Walden: interning at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Kate Fain: interning at the Brant Art Foundation Study Center in Greenwich, CT
  • Paige Hanley: interning at the David Lewis Gallery in New York City
  • Amelia Garrison: interning at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

2015 Recipients of Internship Support Awards

  • Nina Friedman: interning at SculptureCenter in New York City
  • Amelia Garrison: interning at the Huntington Museum
  • Dominique Powers: interning at Monarc Studio in New York City
  • Kailey Rinder: interning with Kelsy Parkhouse, a fashion designer in New York City

Amelia Garrison '16

"Under direction of the SFMOMA Individual Giving Department, I curated a stewardship event for donors and their families to have greater accessibility to the museum. This was a result of major research on successful museum family programs nationally and internationally, as well as fieldwork with donors to construct a relevant and meaningful program. My final end project was presented to various departments of the SFMOMA (Curatorial, Development, Human Resources, and Individual Giving), and will be implemented in the spring of 2017. Cumulatively, all aspects of my project utilized skillsets that I gained while studying Art History and Anthropology at the University of Vermont. From research strategy and critical thinking, to fieldwork and public speaking, I could not be more grateful to the University of Vermont for providing me with life skills that have already benefitted my career as a recent graduate." –Amelia Garrison '16



"I had a terrific internship working one on one with Kelsy Parkhouse, the designer and founder of Carleen in Brooklyn, NY. I was able to experience nearly every part of executing a successful women's clothing line. I recommend that everyone undertake an internship before graduating, as mine helped me feel so much more at ease about the future." –Kailey Rinder ‘16