At Furman, you’ll find the opportunities for research projects and internships are as diverse and exciting as art itself. Maybe you’re interested in working with the design department for a major retailer, working as a photojournalist for a magazine, or curating art at a non-profit gallery. Whatever your interests, we’ve got you covered.

Research Opportunities

Most courses in art history and the studio arts include research, and our faculty welcomes and encourages undergraduates to participate in research projects, including those available through our Summer Internship Fellowships.

Students are able to work on a variety of research projects within the art department. Previous experiences include:

  • Call for Special Exhibitions in the Thompson Art Gallery
  • Catalog Raisonné for Mathew Baumgardner
  • Special Collections


Individualized internships for academic credit must be planned at least one term in advance in order to ensure sufficient time to communicate with the company or institution at which the internship is to be completed. Internships for academic credit require faculty supervision and can be conducted during the school year as well as during the summer. Some of these internships are also paid. In recent years, art majors have held internships at the following companies/organizations:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Uffizi Gallery (Florence, Italy)
  • Anthropologie (window and design)
  • Aperture Foundation/ Publishing (NYC)
  • Smithsonian
  • High Museum of Art
  • Postcards from Paris Interior Design
  • Metropolitan Arts Council
  • Brains on Fire design company
  • DeYoung Museum (San Francisco)
  • Center for Photography at Woodstock
  • Tucson Museum of Art
  • Erwin Penland Ad Agency
  • Gerald Peters Gallery (Santa Fe)
  • Fish-Eye Photo studio
  • Furman University marketing department and digital archives
  • Upcountry History Museum
  • Red Hype Design Agency
  • Greenville County Art Museum
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago)
  • TOWN Magazine
  • Dallas Museum of Art

Additional summer internships also are available through the Internship Office.

For more information on internships, consult the Art Department chair, your faculty advisor, or the university’s Internship Program Director for details on qualifications and opportunities.

Official forms for independent study approval can be found in the registrar’s office.