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.

  • Sarah Jaye Art & Art History Intern

    Designing a Career

    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.”

2021 Recipients of Internship Support Awards

  • Eliza Callahan, Art History major – Internship at the H. Lawrence McCrorey Gallery of Multicultural Art
  • Evie Thompson, Studio Art major – Internship at 2Creative Commmunity
  • Katherine Schinella, Art minor – Internship with the Fleming Museum of Art
  • Loretta Harvey, Studio Art major – Internship with the Saratoga Clay Center
  • Remy Farrell, Studio Art major – Internship with Michael Harrigan at Urthona Forge
  • Sabi Ward, Art History major – Internship with UVM Natural History Museum

2020 Recipients of Internship Support Awards

No recipients

2019 Recipients of Internship Support Awards

  • Anna Duckworth '20 Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA
  • Neville Caulfield '20 Milk Studios New York, City
  • Meg Smith, Burlington City Arts
  • Grace Monti, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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