Internships & Off-Campus Programs

To thrive as an artist, you need to move beyond the classroom.  The Art Department strongly encourages art majors to plan for an internship or an off-campus semester, which will help you see yourself and your work in a larger context.  Internships and off-campus study also help you gain a realistic assessment of your strengths and weaknesses as an independent worker.  Planning for off-campus programs or internship opportunities should begin early in the advising process. 


Internships provide not just valuable work experience, but also an opportunity to reflect on the nature of work itself, and a student’s experience as a worker.  Internships require an on-campus supervisor, and off-campus supervisor, the development of a learning plan, a schedule of meetings and a schedule of readings.  For more information about arranging and registering for internships, visit the Office of Internships and Practica .



The art department has approved three programs for off campus study.   Students may explore options beyond these three, but will be responsible themselves for researching the courses and getting them approved for major credit.  Further details concerning off-campus programs can be found via the Office of Off-Campus Programs.

Westmont in San Francisco
Westmont in San Francisco combines the benefits of an internship with that of an off-campus program.  Students undertake a substantive work placement in the city, benefitting from Westmont’s many close relationships with businesses, non-profits and charities in San Francisco.  Students receive close supervision by a Westmont professor, and undertake traditional academic work alongside their internship.  Art majors have worked in major museums, in galleries, in various artists’ studios and in design firms. 

SACI (Studio Art Centers International), Florence, Italy
Located in the center of Florence, SACI provides a focused studio art program aimed at undergraduate and graduate US students.  Studio classes are complemented by courses in Italian language and culture.  Students are surrounded by monuments of the Italian Renaissance while engaging in the disciplines of contemporary practice. 

Cortona, Italy (University of Georgia)
Situated in Cortona, a small Tuscan town, this art-intensive program offers courses in a range of media areas, complimented by courses in related humanities. 

Gordon in Orvieto, Orvieto, Italy (Gordon College)
The Gordon College semester in Orvieto offers a unique curriculum of four month-long courses devoted to one media area.  Like Cortona, Orvieto is a small Tuscan town.  Unlike the Cortona program, the Gordon in Orvieto program is aimed at deepening students’ appreciation for the connections between Christian faith and the arts.  Students live in a former convent, worship with local congregations, and are guided into a deeper appreciation of historic patterns of Christian worship and life.