The Department of Art History facilitates many experiential learning and professional development opportunities. These take the form of internships and employment opportunities at the department and the university.
Internship Course: FAH481H/Y1
Graded on a pass/fail basis, the internship course offers the opportunity for advanced students to receive credit for work in local collections, galleries, museums, or auction houses for a semester or academic session. Appropriate internships might include contribution to the planning or research for an exhibition, developing curatorial files on collections, assisting with a publication, developing educational materials, or other substantive activities that offer the opportunity for learning more about the practice of art history, cultural work that engages with objects, and publications. Other areas are possible but the project should be discussed with the Director of Undergraduate Studies well beforehand. Most internships will be for one semester only; the maximum amount of credit possible for an internship is one full credit.
Prerequisite: 8 half FAH courses
Application and enrolment procedure:
- Identify and secure a suitable opportunity. Please see below for a sample list of potential internship opportunities.
- Send an email to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, copying your supervisor at the partner institution. The email should include the following information: your weekly hours; a brief description of the project, duties and responsibilities; and a brief description of educational outcomes. Send the email no later than the first day of classes of the semester in which you wish to enrol.
- Upon approval, the Art History Undergraduate Office will enroll you in FAH481 on Acorn.
At the end of the internship: Submit a 3-5 page summary (preferably with images) of your activities and the skills acquired to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The summary must be submitted no later than the last day of classes of the semester in which the internship takes place.
There is often an opportunity for two students each term to serve as Social Media and Communication Assistants for the Department of Art History. This internship can begin in the Fall or Winter terms. The interns will be responsible for regular social media posts related to art and cultural events on campus and in Toronto. Short posts on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter as well as longer ‘feature’ style posts on a departmental blog and newsletter will require students to attend arts events, exhibitions, and lectures. This internship will be supervised by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Interns will also regularly work with other members of the Art History faculty and staff. Excellent writing skills, familiarity with social media platforms, and a broad interest in the arts are preferred; an interest in photography and design is a plus. Students will develop their writing skills in writing for a broad audience as well as a thorough understanding in the art and cultural scene on campus and in the city. If you are interested in this internship, please submit a letter of interest and a resume to the Director of Undergraduate Studies by August 15.
Junior Fellowship Program
The Islamic Art and Material Culture Collaborative Junior Fellows Program matches students with a curator at our partner institutions, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. It is open to fourth year undergraduate students at the University of Toronto who will obtain course credit for participation as a Junior Fellow for a semester long course (0.5 FCE). Students who are accepted into the Junior Fellows Program will work with the Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies and the undergraduate coordinator of their respective academic departments to identify the appropriate course for the Fellows program. Courses that qualify for the Junior Fellows Program are FAH481H1 (UTSG) and VST410H5 (UTM). The Institute of Islamic Studies will coordinate with each department to set the workload for each junior fellow. For details on how to apply to the fellowship program, please visit the Institute of Islamic Studies' Art & Material Culture Collective website.
As part of the their mission to inspire curiosity, make discoveries, and support the next generation of museum professionals, the Royal Ontario Museum provides a number of internship opportunities. Interns gain museum work experience, connections, and course credit while furthering their academic pursuits. For a list of current internship opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students and details regarding the application process, please visit the ROM's website.
The Art Museum offers undergraduate and graduate Internships and Special Studies opportunities related to various academic fields. While special emphasis is placed on students enrolled in Graduate Studies, especially in MVS Curatorial Studies, Museum Studies, and Art History, the museum offers also learning opportunities for students enrolled in undergraduate programs in Art History and Arts Management and others. For details and a sample of Art Museum relevant internships, please visit the Art Museum website.
Local arts-based organizations have partnered with the Art History Department to offer internships for students interested in architecture, architectural history, and heritage. Summer 2021 internships are with 401 Richmond, ACO NextGen, The Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Spacing Magazine, and TO Built. Please see the Canada Constructed website for further information and application instructions.
Volunteering and Paid Opportunities
Volunteering and paid opportunities can also be a positive first step toward building a professional portfolio. Please see below for a short list and links to volunteer and work oportunities that may be available to you during your post-secondary education.
- The Art Gallery of Ontario (volunteer opportunities)
- The Gardiner Museum (volunteer opportunities)
- U of T Work Study (on-campus workplace opportunities)