The USF School of Art & Art History requires undergraduate students to complete an Extended Study course. An opportunity to gain meaningful experiences beyond traditional coursework, students are able to attain real-world experiences that add breadth and depth to their education.
The requirement may be satisfied with an approved internship, study abroad, community engagement project, or a specialized research project. Students can also make a proposal to the school’s internship coordinator.
- I’m interested in doing an internship. What do I need to do?
Locate an art-related opportunity that is appealing to you. Each credit is equal to 30 hours of work over the course of a semester. For the three (3) credit Extended Study, you will need to intern for 90 hours. If you need help locating opportunities, please contact the school’s Internship Coordinator, Jennifer Miller.
- Once you identify an internship, fill out the Internship form, which can also be obtained in the Advising Office (FAH 120). Obtain a statement from the internship supervisor verifying the internship has been established.
- Submit the completed Internship form and verification to Julie Herrin to be routed to Instructor Jennifer Miller and the Director of the School of Art & Art History for review and approval.
- If approved, Julie Herrin will send your completed paperwork to the academic advisor, who will then register you for the course. The course will be under the prefix ART 4940, but you will not be meeting at the times posted on the Course Scheduler. It is essentially a placeholder so you can receive credit for your experience.
- In addition to completing 90 hours at the internship site, students must complete all assignments in Canvas for ART 4940.
- At the end of the semester, the school will contact the supervisor of your internship for an evaluation of your performance before you are assigned a grade. If you encounter any problems or issues at your internship site, immediately contact the school’s academic advisor for assistance.
Internship and Extended Study Examples
Past students have interned at companies and organizations such as Rolling Stone, Vogue, the Dalí Museum, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Publix, Echo Bridge, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, and many more.
The list below includes example internship job titles and extended study projects that past students have completed. This should help you search for similar opportunities in a company or organization for which you would like to work. The Extended Study internship or project you choose is not limited to this list. For additional ideas see our Career Resources page.
Artist Assistant (Interning with a practicing artist)
Arts and Medicine Involvement
Ceramic Production or Material Retail
College Teaching Assistant
Community Arts Involvement (Art with at-risk youth)
Costume Design Assistant
Graphic Design Intern
K-12 Teaching Intern
Media & Communications Intern
Merchandise Display Assistant
Museum or Gallery (Office Assistant, Media Intern, Marketing Intern)
Photography Assistant (Studio, Wedding, Product, Fashion or Journalistic)
Public Art Projects
Retail Artist’s Supply Businesses
Screen Printing or Press Printing Assistant
Social Media Intern
Tattoo Artist Apprentice
Video Editing Intern
Web Design Intern
Internships and Employment at USF
Institute for Research in Art Internships
The USF Institute for Research in Art accepts a limited number of students each semester at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) and Graphicstudio. The internships give hands-on experience in areas such as arts administration, art collection management, art education, art installation, public art, etching, lithography, sculpture fabrication, photography, curating and marketing.
USF Student Employment
For students interested in working at USF while taking classes, find job opportunities and resources to aid in finding on-campus part-time work and federal work-study positions.
USF Graduate Assistantships
Colleges and departments at USF award graduate assistantships to qualified students on a competitive basis, contributing to graduate students’ professional development.
USF Career Services
While you’re at USF, the USF Career Services is a valuable resource for preparing for job interviews and finding internships. Closer to graduation and even after graduation, Career Services assists students in preparing for and making the transition to life after USF with services including job search coaching, career fairs, workshops, job boards, and more.
Tampa Bay Organizations
Within the seven county-region that makes up the Tampa Bay area, students can find hundreds of opportunities for internships and employment, as well as specialized projects funded by local, state and national grants. According to a 2016 study on the economic impact of the arts by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, the nonprofit arts sector of the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County alone generated $433 million in revenue and supports 15,000 jobs. Below is a list of local programs and organizations to consider when searching for internships and jobs.
Community Stepping Stones
Community Stepping Stones is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using an arts-infused curriculum to inspire, educate, mentor and prepare at-risk youth to become successful adults. A special fund enables the USF School of Art & Art History to offer afterschool art courses at the nonprofit organization. Interested students can pursue an internship with the organization as well.
- Florida Museum of Photography
- Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
- The Ringling
- Salvador Dalí Museum
- Tampa Museum of Art
- USF Contemporary Art Museum