Through the WorkArt Fellowship Program, the Center for German & European Studies provides ten summer fellowships each year for outstanding students enrolled in any discipline who have a demonstrated interest in art. The program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with a strong interest in art to gather valuable work experience in the nonprofit sector at one of Germany’s 300+ community-based nonprofit art associations and galleries (Kunstvereine). WorkART offers unique insights into Germany’s art world, exhibiting and organizing art events, and cultural politics. WorkART fellows also enjoy opportunities to develop social and professional networks in Europe as building blocks for future careers that revolve around the arts and arts management. The program is not a studio art program and students from any discipline are invited to apply.
Participating community art chapters are located anywhere in Germany and can vary from year to year. Fellows are placed individually based on best fit. Internship fellowships run from late May through August and can be 4 to 8 weeks long. Students enrolled at Macalester College, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and all U of M campuses—Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester—are encouraged to apply. WorkART fulfills the internship requirement for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus Department of Art.
WorkART is a unique partnership between the University of Minnesota and Germany’s ADKV, a national association of community-based nonprofit art associations and galleries dedicated to exploring and presenting contemporary art. Additional local partners are Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and Macalester College.
What happens during the program?
Fellows gather valuable insights into Germany's art world, into the nonprofit art sector and cultural management, into exhibiting and organizing art events, and into cultural politics. They work directly with artists, art management, and an interested public. Each internship fellow will work with the head and the staff of a Kunstverein chapter according to an individually negotiated schedule during a 4- to 8-week internship from late May through August. Fellows will complete 20–30 hours of work per week.
Who can apply?
The program is open to outstanding undergraduate and grduate students in any discipline or field from anywhere in the U of M system, Macalester College, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Applicants must be at least 20 years old with a demonstrated interest in art, culture, and the nonprofit sector. Strong organizational skills are recommended. German-language proficiency is desired, but not required. Fellows must be US citizens.
Information on funds and fees
The costs for this program vary. Fellows are responsbile for airfare, meals, public transporation fees, personal expenses, and passport application fees. Each fellow will need to show proof that they have a minimum of $150/week for each fellowship week while in Germany. A monthly budget of $675 is recommended.
The fellowship package covers accommodation, international health and liability insurance for the fellowship period, and a $350 reimbursement grant to support airfare costs. Please note that fellows are encourage to extend their stay in Europe; however, they are not allowed to stay with their hosts beyond the program dates. Stays longer than three months require a special visa; all such arrangements are the student's individual responsibility.
All fellows must be available to attend two orientation meetings/workships before the internship. Workshop dates to be announced. All fellows will be asked to share their experience with students at the University after they return. Find more information on the program.