Students enrolled as majors in the art history program are encouraged to seek out internship opportunities as a way of gaining practical experience in the field. Students who do an approved internship can get academic credit for it by enrolling in AH 4930/6930 (a three-credit-hour course).
Students wishing to do an art history internship should consult with the art history internship coordinator (currently Glenn Gunhouse). He will offer advice on how to find an internship, describe how the internship process works, and explain what would constitute a legal internship.
The main criteria for an art history internship are these:
- The internship should provide training in a job that an art-history major might conceivably go into after graduation.
- The time spent working at the internship should amount to about 120 hours in total (the equivalent of about 8 hours per week for 15 weeks).
- If unpaid, the internship must conform to the guidelines for unpaid internships as defined by the Federal Department of Labor (see their Fact Sheet). The main requirement is that the internship be an educational experience, and not just work for no pay. There are also restrictions on the number of hours per week. Internship candidates should contact the internship coordinator to discuss the specifics of their proposed internship, to make sure that it would conform to Federal guidelines, and not violate Federal labor laws.
Students are encouraged to find their own internships in whatever kind of job most interests them. The search for an internship is itself good practice in finding a job in a degree-related field. Students have a fair amount of freedom to craft their own internship experience, in consultation with a sponsoring business or institution, the only requirement being that, in the opinion of the internship coordinator, the proposal meets the criteria listed above. If students find they are having difficulty finding an internship on their own, they should consult the internship coordinator for advice.
Once students have found what they think is a viable internship, they and their proposed supervisor need to fill out the internship proposal form and submit it to the art history internship coordinator for review. The coordinator will either suggest revisions to the proposal, or approve it. Once the internship has been approved, the coordinator will grant permission for the student to enroll in AH 4930/6930.
The internship course is not offered during the Maymester or Summer sessions. Students who wish to do an internship in the summer may get credit for the internship after the fact, by enrolling in AH 4930 or 6930 in the Fall semester. Students should submit the internship proposal form before the start of the internship to be sure that it would be approved for credit later. If the internship is approved, the internship coordinator will make it possible for the student to enroll in the internship course in the Fall semester. Similar arrangements can be made for any internship whose period of work does not match the academic calendar.