Internships and Professional Opportunities
Internships are an excellent way to gain firsthand experience in the field of art history. A variety of internship possibilities are available at museums and galleries, historic houses, and other cultural and arts organizations. Students who have been awarded such an internship and are interested in earning History of Art credit for it through HART 3880 (Internship Training) and 3883 (Internship Research) should follow the procedure as described below. Please note that internship credits can count toward the total hours required for graduation from Vanderbilt; however, HART 3880 and 3883 will not count toward the total hours required for the History of Art major or minor, and they will not count toward AXLE. **Note that usual tuition charges apply for the internship credit hour(s) earned.
Please note : We do not grant HART credit for non-academic internships pursued at auction houses (i.e., Christie’s and Sotheby’s), at popular and fashion magazines, with fashion designers, and the like. Students interested in requesting Vanderbilt credit for internships at organizations such as these should contact Dean Yollette Jones’ office in Buttrick 350, 343-3141. Students will need to secure a faculty advisor for these internships, and all necessary paperwork must be processed through and approved by Dean Jones’ office. The course designation for these internships is INDS 3880 (fall, spring), and 3884 (summer). More information about this procedure can be found at the very bottom of this web page.
To earn History of Art credit (HART 3880 and 3883) for an internship:
The necessary forms for earning academic credit for an internship may be obtained from the Arts and Science Dean’s Office in Buttrick 350. Students are required to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative Vanderbilt GPA and six prior credit hours of History of Art coursework at the time of application. Students will then need to secure a History of Art faculty advisor for their internship. The faculty advisor will work with the student to develop a list of readings and a research agenda for the internship, in preparation for the development of a research paper that will constitute the academic, graded component of the internship, for which students will enroll under the course number HART 3883. A student may register for 1-3 hours in HART 3883, and the number of hours directly affects the expectations and scope of the research paper the student will write to earn this credit. The topic of the paper and the requirements for it are determined in consultation with the HART faculty advisor who has agreed to supervise the student, and who will submit the letter grade for the work at the end of the term.
Students must also register concurrently in one credit hour of HART 3880 for every five hours of actual work at the internship location per week. For example, if a student works ten hours per week at the internship office, then he or she will enroll for two hours of HART 3880. These are the actual internship work hours, which will be graded on a P/F basis at the end of the semester. Successful completion of the internship work hours will be certified by the designated supervisor at the internship office who has agreed to submit the paperwork required at the time the internship concludes.
Once the student and the faculty advisor have developed a program for the academic, graded component of the internship and completed the internship forms, they must be approved and signed by the History of Art Director of Undergraduate Studies or Department Chair, and then submitted for approval by the Director of Internships in the College of Arts and Science and the chair of the Curriculum Committee, Associate Dean Yollette Jones. Forms should be delivered to Ms. Amber Allen, Assistant to Dean Jones, in Buttrick 350, and are due by the end of the first week of classes of the semester during which the internship will be undertaken. Upon approval, the student’s registration for HART 3880 and 3883 will be completed by the Dean’s office in association with the Registrar; students cannot register for these credit hours themselves through YES.
From the Undergraduate Catalog, College of Arts and Sciences:
INDS 3880 (fall, spring), and 3884 (summer)
Students may earn academic credit for the work of internships in the College of Arts and Science on a Pass/Fail basis through interdisciplinary or departmental internships. Credit hours earned will not count toward major or minor requirements or toward AXLE, but will count as part of the total credit hours required for graduation. Students obtain their own placement and faculty adviser who works with them to develop a list of readings or research agenda for the internship, which must be approved by the director of internships in the College of Arts and Science (Associate Dean Yollette Jones). The necessary forms for earning academic credit for an internship may be obtained from the A&S Associate Deans’ Office in Buttrick 350, although students register for internships through the Office of Academic Services of their respective school. The deadline for submitting registration forms to Dean Jones’s office for internship courses taken during Summer term and Fall semester is May 1. Students expecting to intern during the Spring semester should submit registration forms by January 1.
INDS 3880 (fall, spring), 3884 (summer). 1 credit hour (repeatable)
Any student who is at least a sophomore and in good academic standing may earn one credit hour per semester or summer for an internship under this designation. This course may be repeated twice for a maximum of 3 credit hours exclusively on a Pass/Fail basis. Note that usual tuition charges apply for the internship credit hour(s) earned.