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Undergraduate Internships & Careers

After graduation, our students go on to distinguished programs in art history, archaeology and visual culture. Some go on to positions in galleries, museums and foundations, while others go on to professional school in law or medicine. In recent years many have decided to take several years in service, such as in the Teach for America program, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and others. They are a talented and diverse group.

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The Career Center

Register for CareerLink

CAREERlink is a career management system where you can search and apply for jobs, internships, and co-ops, manage your applications, and RSVP for programs and workshops. On CAREERlink, you can also upload and submit application materials such as resumes, cover letters, and other supporting materials like writing samples and portfolios.

Visit the Career Link website

Browse Resources and Tools

The Career Center has an abundant amount of resources and guides to help you along your journey.

Career Center Resources and Tools

Make an Appointment

Don't be shy - whether you're just starting to think of options or have a specific path in mind, it's easy to meet with a career advisor! The Career Center's online tool lets you schedule an appointment at any time and help find the right advisor to get started.

Schedule an Appointment

Internship Opportunities

Students may pursue up to six hours of internship credit working in the arts community. These internship credits are credit/no credit. They do not count toward the major or minor, but they do count toward overall graduation credit requirements. Academic credit for internships is arranged through the Career Center and is awarded at the 200-level.

Review General Guidelines

Rules and regulations regarding internships are managed by the Career Center, including how to file for academic credit, internship guidelines, and the Internship Agreement Form.

Kemper Art Museum

Students wishing to participate in the Kemper Museum Teaching in the Galleries Program may apply to receive one internship credit for this semester-long program.

Learn More on the Kemper Art Museum website

Museum Internships

There are also opportunities to receive both paid and unpaid internships at museums and galleries in Saint Louis and beyond. For example, the Saint Louis Art Museum offers positions in their Curatorial, Registrarial, and Education departments. These jobs often revolve around a special exhibition, but can also involve working with an institution's permanent collection. Recently, students have interned at Sotheby's Auction House, the Saint Louis Toy Museum, the Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Smithsonian Archives. 

View list of museum internships

Recent Graduate School Placements

WashU Art History majors are highly sought after, and are routinely accepted into master's or doctoral programs across the world. In the last three years, some of our undergraduates have gone on to:

American University of Rome
Bard Graduate Center
Boston University
Bryn Mawr College
Harvard Law School
Harvard University
NYU Institute of Fine Arts
Seoul National University
University of Edinburgh
University of Maryland
University of Oxford
University of Texas, Austin
Williams College 
Washington University in St. Louis

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Where Our Graduates Find Work

Post-grad employers:

Agilis Systems LLC
Art Institute of Chicago
Auction House
Bain & Company, Inc.
Columbia University
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM)
Dallas Museum of Art
ECC Emergency
Express Scripts
Ginny Sykes Studio
Gorilla 76
Grand Studio
Institute of Contemporary Art
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
Manhattan District Attorney's Office - Appeals Bureau
Matthew Marks Gallery
Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center
Missouri Democratic Party
Ogilvy & Mather
Outbound Engine
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Saint Louis Art Museum
Singapore Public Service
St. Stephen's School
Texas Classroom Teachers Association
True Accord
University of California - San Francisco
Washington University in St. Louis
Wexner Center for the Arts

Internships (pre and post-grad):

Activision Blizzard, Inc.
Afton Art Museum
AI Software, Inc.
Baylor College of Medicine (bcm)
Common Circles
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM)
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
Foxy Production
Franklin Panasch Gallery
Marco Rubio for President
Photography Assistant
Project Row Houses
Texas Children's Hospital
Town & Country Magazine
United States Senate
US Department of State
Wasserman Media Group
Wenner Media
Zac Posen


Keep in Touch

Are you a prospective student interested in learning more about careers? Or an Art History graduate with news to share? We want to hear from you!

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