Careers & Internships

Gaining Field Experience

Art Education, Art Education/Art Therapy, and Art Therapy majors have four semesters of involvement in professional settings working with a variety of populations throughout the Milwaukee area before student teaching. Art Education and Art Therapy students complete a series of developmental field placements prior to the senior level professional semester, which provide breadth and depth of experience toward developing the abilities necessary for professional competence. Alverno maintains ties with more than 150 local schools and agencies to provide a wide range of field experiences and student-teaching opportunities, as well as opportunities for hands-on participation with various community organizations.

Studio Art and Media Design Majors gain important professionalism skills in their courses including Art in the Professions, Self-Employment in the Arts Conferences, Grant Writing in Arts and Education, Art Gallery Management and Senior Seminar and Exhibition. They also select an internship in the community based upon their own interests. Internship options could include gallery and curatorial experience, community education, not-for profit organizations or arts business, social media and design firms. Students have additional professional learning opportunities such as leadership in student art organizations, participation in local art exhibitions or public art, event planning of community art projects each semester, and docent training and connections with visiting artists in the Alverno College Art and Cultures Gallery.


Alverno’s art faculty will help you shape your career from your very first semester, including a specific seminar which connects students with working professionals who serve as potential mentors and resources.