Our students have extensive internship and employment opportunities at a wide range of arts institutions, organizations, and businesses in the region, as well as course credit for museum internship experiences.

The department maintains an extensive list of internship partners including:

  • Area museums (e.g., Walker Art Center, the Weisman Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota History Center, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Rochester Art Center)
  • Local and regional art centers (e.g., Bloomington Art Center, Edina Art Center, and Maple Grove Community Arts Center)
  • Local non-profits (e.g., Altered Esthetics, Urban Arts Academy)
  • Commercial and non-profit art galleries (e.g., Gamut Gallery, Midway Contemporary Art, the Soap Factory, Northern Clay Center)
  • Exhibition design companies (e.g., Geoffrey M. Curley & Associates, Exhibits Development Group)
  • Arts administration and conservation organizations (e.g., Midwest Art Conservation Center, Minnesota State Arts Board)

The department encourages our partners to participate in the CLA Internship & Career Fair and holds workshops for students on how to search for, apply to, and make the most of internship opportunities.

ArtH 3896, Directed Professional Experience, offers students the opportunity to earn credit toward the major or minor while gaining hands-on experience in a museum setting. To register, you must first locate an internship of interest, then fill out the departmental form. If you wish to take the course A/F, you must also find a faculty supervisor appropriate to the area of the internship. Discuss the internship and the outcome to be evaluated by the faculty member, and have the faculty supervisor sign the form. Then, have the director of undergraduate studies approve it. Finally, take it to the art history office to receive a registration permission number.