Internship in Art History ARTH 393/593



Gain hands on experience with an internship at one of George Mason University's various art galleries: Fine Arts Gallery (School of Art), Gallery 123 (Johnson Center), Mason Hall atrium, and new exhibition spaces on the Arlington and Prince William campuses. These spaces host shows by professional artists, students and faculty. Learn about and participate in all aspects of preparing a gallery exhibition. Intern's duties may include attending studio visits with area artists, working directly with artists to plan and execute exhibition design, helping with physical installation, hanging and lighting artworks, planning visual voices lectures, preparing mailing lists, and researching, writing and mounting wall texts. For more information contact Walter Kravitz, Gallery Director, at

Undergraduate Art History Internship Program
ARTH 393


An internship provides you with a more concrete dimension to your art historical study. It allows you to see and engage in the practice of art history in a professional setting such as an archive, a museum, a gallery, an historic site, an art publication, or a government agency for GMU course credit. An internship is a great way to acquire experience and contacts in the field, which can be valuable when you enter the job market or apply to graduate schools. By participating in an internship, you may:

• learn about the art historical past from a different perspective than that found in lecture or seminar courses

• use new and unfamiliar research tools

• have new career choices revealed to you

• learn more about your own potential and aptitude for such a career

• have valuable "real world" work experience to include on future resumes

Structure of the Program

To receive Mason course credit for ARTH 393, you must undertake some practical work experience at a public or private agency involved in art or historically-related work. An “Internship Agreement” form and course registration must be completed before you begin the work.

45 hours of work is required for 1 credit of ARTH 393. 80 hours of work is required for 3 credits of ARTH 393. 160 hours are required for the maximum of 6 credits.

Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment are all acceptable.

In addition to the work experience, you may be required to:

• read books and/or articles related to your work experience

• meet periodically with your faculty internship supervisor and/or your on-site supervisor to discuss these readings

• complete a written project related to the work experience, such as a log or journal

Who is Eligible?

You must be an art history major who has completed, or is in the process of completing, 15 hours in art history. A 2.5 GPA in all art history courses is mandatory.

How are Internships Obtained?

If you meet the academic requirements, you should consult with the Art History Internship Coordinator well before the start of the semester that you would like to enroll in ARTH 393.

The Undergraduate Coordinator's Office (ROB B 361) has a binder of agencies that are willing to accept student interns. Your professors may be able to recommend sites in their fields of specialization. Further assistance may be available from GMU's Career Services Office (SUB 1 348).

You will be required to seek out these positions on your own, but to receive academic credit the Art History Internship Coordinator must approve the site/position. To receive approval, the nature of the site and your duties must be essentially art historical.

Internships are usually unpaid positions, though some may be salaried or provide a modest stipend. Interns must have reliable transportation to the work site, and they may also have to arrange for parking and medical insurance.

There are no special fees or charges (beyond standard tuition fees) associated with completing an internship for art history credit.


You may sign up for ARTH 393 through the Art History Internship Coordinator. You cannot register for this course without a signed permission form from the Art History Internship Coordinator.

Your faculty supervisor will be either the Art History Internship Coordinator or a faculty member whose specialty is in the area of your internship.

You must be approved by the agency supervisor. This supervisor will arrange your work schedule, direct the work experience, and help in evaluating your performance.

An "Internship Agreement" must be signed by you, your job site supervisor, and your faculty supervisor or the Art History Internship Coordinator. This agreement stipulates the expectations and obligations of the internship, which must be completed in order to receive a satisfactory grade and credit for ARTH 393. In addition, the University requires a “Consent and Release Agreement” to be signed by the student.

For More Detailed Information or to Discuss Program Specifics

Dr. Lawrence Butler
Art History Interim Internship Coordinator
703-993-1250 or