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is it a good idea to start interning at museums or art related places?

i want to get involved in my art community and hopefully find a job that specializes in fine arts #art #fine-art #the-arts

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Sarah’s Answer

Hey Alexis,


Yes it is, some colleges will require an internship during the a certain year your there, if you intern before going you'll have something on your resume for the future and you will during and after college as well. You can intern at Art Galleries, Frame Shops, and if you can taking up a brief internship with an artist will help as well. I worked at a commercial frame shop for a month my sophomore summer of college, and my junior summer before my senior year i interned at a Gallery and Frame Shop. It will be a wonderful experience, you'll learn a lot about the business side of being an artist with the experience over a professor who has the experiences telling you how to get by. It also helps depending on the major you take or the area of art you do the most, because art comes in different areas so where do you find yourself fitting in, making art wise, business wise and community wise.


Go for it, ask the art businesses around, the museums if they have any programs you can apply too.

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David’s Answer

Yes it is. Don't limit yourself to just museums and galleries. You might look into theater as well. The art world cross pollinates,

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Ellen’s Answer

Yes! interning and volunteering is usually the gateway to a museum career. You get to see the inside-behind-the-scenes of a museum and gauge if you really like it, and if you think it is worth pursuing. Remember, careers in museums (curator, conservator, exhibit designers, registrars) do not pay a lot of money in proportion to the education that is required, so it really has to be your passion. Interning is a great way to find out.

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