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Student Internship

Internships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students. Generally an internship fulfills one upper division general or studio course requirement. Internships are on average 3-credits, which is a commitment of 9-12 hours per week. An internship is equivalent to taking one class at The University of Montana. Internships can be taken fall, winter, spring or summer semesters. Usually the student is working for credit, and is not financially compensated for this work.
There are many existing internships; however, if you have your own idea for one, please make an appointment to meet with the School of Art Director to discuss options. Consider how an internship can inform your own studio work, how can it add to your education?

    Internship at Zootown Art Community Center, Tessa Cook
    Internship at Montana Museum of Art & Culture,
Nerissa Cook
    Internship at Montana Museum of Art & Culture,
Kari Goettlich
    Internship at Missoula Art Museum (MAM),
Alissa Wynne 
    Internship at Zootown Art Community Center, Katie Facklam
Internship at Monte Dolack Gallery, Shelby Faber
    Internship, Art for Preschool and Daycare, Abby Sweet

How to find/enroll in a internship:

 1. Research what type of internship you would like to complete. Visit or the Office of Internship Services in the Lomasson Center rm 154. You may also create an internship to suit your interest.
2. Depending on the internship, you may apply online through the Office of Internship Services, or meet with a specific group, company or institution that you would like to participate with and see if they are willing to work with you. At this meeting, please clarify the following:
  •   The goal and purpose of the internship (outcomes of internship)
  •  When and how many hours you will be working (description of internship)
  •  How your performance will be graded (evaluated)
3. When your internship is established, please fill out an internship form from the School of Art. In addition, fill out the Internship Online Agreement .
4. Using a registration form, sign up for your internship. You must sign up for an internship before the semester starts. For out of town internships, or summer internships, you must sign up a month before the internship begins.
5. At mid-semester please set up a meeting with your internship advisor and the person who is overseeing your internship to review your progress and the value of the internship. As often as possible, these should be on site meetings.
6. Please remember to be professional during your internship!

Internships in Missoula Montana

Often students in the School of Art will complete an internship with the Gallery of Visual Arts, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, the Missoula Art Museum, the Zootown Arts Community Center, the Clay Studio of Missoula or the Monte Dolack Art Gallery. There are many options for an internship, so be inventive, and think about what kind of experience you would like to have.
GVA usually works with one or two students per year. These internship opportunities are designed to provide students with a basic understanding of professional practices in gallery management, exhibit preparation, and art handling. Interns will assist the director with all aspects of the exhibits program and will have the opportunity to pursue individual research objectives.   Please contact Cathryn Mallory at or 406.243.2813
MMAC usually works with one or two students a year for an internship. The primary purpose of the internship is to assist MMAC staff with aspects of exhibition and Permanent Collection work; to gain competency in art handling, interpersonal communication, research, planning and organization, collections care, exhibition preparation, and problem-solving; to gain an understanding of core museum operations. Please contact Brandon Renintjes at 406.243.2019 or
MAM traditionally has five internships a year: Curatorial Internship, Education Internship, Collection Management Internship, Arts Management Internship and Gallery Attendant Internship. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Missoula Art Museum does provide internship opportunities that can provide realistic insight into museum professions and professional practices. MAM internships are intended to be mutually beneficial to the intern and the institution, providing realistic experiences and insights into museum professions as well as supporting the mission and educational outreach by MAM. Please contact Steve Glueckert at> 406.728.0447
ZACC generally works with 2-5 interns a semester. These internships range from studio assistants (usually painting, printmaking or ceramics) to website / marketing needs. Please contact Kia Liszak at 406.549.7555
The Clay studio works with 1-3 interns a year. These internship ranges from facilities (working with kilns, firings and mixing glazes) to Gallery exhibition (setting up exhibitions, packing artwork, helping with the sales gallery) and office help (tasked involved with non profit art centers). For more information please contact the Director of the Clay studio at 406.453.0509
The Monte Dolack Gallery provides a unique opportunity to be exposed to a successful model of art marketing and to be a part of the vibrant Montana art community. We are looking for self-motivated candidates who have a strong professional work ethic, enjoy working with people and are detail oriented. Candidates can apply through the internship program by submitting a resume and cover letter.