Sample Resume for an Art Internship

How to Write a Resume for an Internship Without Lots of Experience

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If you're in college and planning on a career in the arts, you will face a lot of competition in the field. Whether you're a painter or a graphic designer, the industry has many hopefuls trying to break in and get a job. Getting an internship in the business, whether through an art gallery or an agency, can be an important step in building a successful career.

Have a Strong Resume

To get an offer for an art internship, you'll need a strong resume. To decide what to include, consider what experience you do have. Evaluate your coursework, any school clubs you joined, your hobbies and any personal interests. For interest, if you started an online shop and sold your paintings, that's an incredible achievement you should highlight to potential employers. 

Include an overview of what you'll bring to the internship, such as your eye for detail, interest in modern art or organization. Emphasizing what you can do for them, rather than what they can do for you, is a great way to make yourself stand out from the other applicants. Any software you have experiences with, such as graphic design or photo editing programs, are also useful skills you should include. 

College coursework, an interest in art, and art experience are all essential pieces of an effective art resume. If you're unsure where to start looking for an art internship, start with your own college and other local universities. Many colleges have their own museums and galleries where students can learn, tutor and intern, to get hands-on experience working in the arts. It can be a great way to get experience, learn from the staff and network with other professionals in the art industry. 

Sample Art Internship Resume

Samantha R. Gray
54 East Connecticut Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
(Home) (302) 333-5555
(Cell) (313) 444-6666


Pratt Institute School of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY, May 20XX
Bachelors in Art Education and Design
Overall GPA: 3.32; Art Education Major GPA: 3.45; Honor Society 20XX – 20XX

Study Abroad, University of Paris, Paris, France, Spring 20XX
Completed courses in Art History, Art Design, Art Composition, Art Education


CityArts, New York, NY, Summer 20XX

  • Created mural along with affected families depicting aftermath of 911
  • Researched funding resources and prepared grant applications
  • Organized gala celebration and auction to increase funding opportunities
    Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, Summer 20XX
  • Aided children ages 5 – 8 in creative process using collection of Spanish paintings
  • Supervised pre-school groups in developing personal art scrapbooks
  • Maintained and posted new exhibits online
    Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Summer 20XX
    Tour Guide
    Pratt Institute of Art and Design, New York, NY, Spring 20XX
    Student Art Competition
    New York Public Interest Group, New York, NY, Summer 20XX
    Pratt Monthly Newsletter, Pratt Institute, Fall 20XX
    Art Designer
    Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Photoshop, PC and Mac, Internet.
    Proficient in written and spoken German.
    Traveled to London, Paris, Barcelona, and Rome.
    Sample Art Cover Letter

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