Internships: ArtHist 691

Students pursuing the Standard or Broad Major in Art History can fulfill the L&S research requirement by taking ArtHist 691 Museum Internship. The internship program allows students to earn college credit by working behind the scenes in Milwaukee’s many museums, galleries, and cultural institutions.


  1. Please send an Internship Application sheet, cover letter (addressed to the Internship Committee), and resume to the Internship Committee ( for approval.
    • What is your rationale for doing an internship?
    • How does this fit into your broader education/career goals?
    • What specifically makes you qualified? Why are you a good fit for this particular internship?

    It is highly recommended that you visit the office of UWM Career Planning & Resources Center to work on your cover letter and resume.

    Application deadlines:
    July 15 for Fall semester
    December 1 for Spring semester
    April 1 for Summer semester

  2. Once the committee has approved your application, cover letter, and resume, you can contact the appropriate individual who will supervise your internship at your chosen institution. The internship can be with an art museum, a library, a commercial art gallery, an exhibition society, an historical society, a municipal office involved with landmark designation, an auction house, or any other organization that deals with the visual arts. The institution must be found on the list below or approved by the Internship Committee.
  3. Once the institution has agreed to supervise your internship, have your supervisor at the institution write a letter or e-mail the Internship Committee. The letter should state:
    • that the supervisor agrees to take you on as an intern
    • what your duties will entail at the institution
    • that the supervisor agrees to send a written assessment of your work to the Internship Coordinator by the last day of the semester
  4. Once the Internship Committee approves of your completed application and receives your supervisor’s letter or e-mail, you will be able to register for ArtHist 691.

Requirements and Assignments:

  1. In order to earn 3 credits, your internship must occupy around 10 hours per week.
    15 weeks x 10 hours per week = 150 hours per semester (including summer)
  2. Review of a museum/gallery show
    7-10 pages
    The committee
     strongly encourages you to visit The Writing Center ( before submitting your review.
    40% of final grade
    Due: Mid-semester (deadlines announced before the beginning of the semester) No late papers accepted 
  3. Research Paper on a current museum issue
    10-15 pages
    The committee strongly encourages you to visit The UWM Writing Center ( before submitting this paper.
    50% of final grade
    Due: Last day of classes No late papers accepted
  4. Reflection Paper detailing your experience/activities at the institution (be specific, include relevant names and facts, include any publications or texts)
    3-5 pages
    10% of final grade
    Due: Last day of classes No late papers accepted
  5. A formal evaluation of your performance addressed to the Internship Committee by your internship supervisor.  This can take the form of an e-mail.
    Due: Last day of classes


Approved Internship Opportunities

If you would like to intern at a museum or gallery that does not appear on this list, the institution must be approved by the Internship Committee.

Internship Application