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Internships and Experiential Learning

Students and alumni from the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History are finding their skills and talents in demand in a wide variety of industries. To help give students a head start on their careers, Hofstra faculty encourages students to take advantage of on-campus galleries where they may exhibit their work, networking events, guest lectures and internship opportunities. Since Hofstra is located only 25 miles from New York City, where the art and design worlds are literally a billion dollar industry, there are numerous possibilities for internships and experiential learning.

Examples of internship opportunities:

  • Bravo Network
  • Knitting Factory
  • MTV
  • New York City Urban Project
  • Seventeen magazine
  • Time Out New York magazine
  • New York City Urban Project
  • Art Galleries
  • Graphic Design/Web Design Agencies
  • Jewelry and Handbag Designers
  • Long Island and New York City schools
  • Magazine Art Departments
  • Museums
  • Party Planners/Designers
  • Photography Studios
  • Record Labels
  • Television and Cable Networks

How to Obtain an Internship

Art History majors may register for AH 168, an internship course offered in the fall and spring, which requires students to work two days a week in a leading auction house, museum or gallery and write a research paper. Students must work through a faculty adviser and The Hofstra Center for Career Design and Development to have their internship approved for credit before starting.

Fine Arts, Design majors may take internships in art or design for credit by registering for FA 106, Special Projects. Many fine arts student take advantage of Hofstra's proximity to New York City by applying for internships at renowned museums, galleries, broadcasting outlets, magazines and publishing houses, and record labels. Faculty members within the Department of Fine Arts, Design and Art History maintain strong connections to the professional world and are able to help students network with art professionals. Those connections may sometimes lead to internship and career opportunities. As with the Art History internship course, any internship taken for credit must have departmental approval and the guidance of a faculty adviser to make sure the student receives proper academic credit.

As a first step, students are encouraged to contact their faculty adviser, their professors and the HCLAS liaison Sabeen Sheikh at The Hofstra Center for Career Design and Development.

On-Campus Opportunities

The FORM gallery, located in Calkins Hall – the home of the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History – is an on-campus space that regularly hosts student exhibitions.  Students are in charge of creating, planning, installing and promoting the exhibits. Additionally, the Department hosts the annual, juried Spring Student Art Show, highlighting student work from ceramics, graphic design, new media, industrial design, photography, painting, sculpting and illustration.