University of South Florida

School of Art & Art History

USF College of The Arts

Internships

The USF School of Art & Art History requires undergraduate students to fulfill complete an Extended Study course. An opportunity to gain meaningful experiences beyond your traditional coursework, the course allows students to attain real-world experiences that our students attain through Extended Study add breadth and depth to their education.

The requirement may be satisfied with an approved internship, study abroad, community engagement project, a specialized research project, courses in Art & Health or Arts Administration, or an art education mentoring project. Students can also make a proposal to the school’s academic advisor.

I’m interested in doing an internship. What do I need to do?

  1. 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 a two-credit Extended Study, you will need to intern for 60 hours. If you need help locating opportunities, please contact the school’s academic advisor Rachel Lynch.
  2. Once you identify an internship, fill out the Extended Studies form, which can also be obtained in the Advising Office.
  3. Submit the completed Extended Studies form to Professor Jenn Miller, who oversees internships, for her approval.
  4. If approved, Professor Miller 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.
  5. At the end of the semester, the school will contact the coordinator 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 place, 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

Storyboarding Assistant

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.


Local Museums

 
Arts Agencies