Students who add hands-on work experience to their study of art history enjoy an incredibly rich opportunity to enhance their knowledge and add weight to their resumes.
In fact, many undergraduates search specifically for an art history university with internship options so they can begin forging their professional network before graduation.
John Cabot University’s internship program and partnerships with several distinguished institutions make it possible for eligible art history students to work with industry experts while studying abroad in Rome.
Read on to learn more about these institutions, and to consider which internship opportunity would suit you best!
British School at Rome Fine Arts Program: Attracting Visual Artists & Architects of the Highest Calibre
From its foundation in 1901, the British School at Rome has attracted visual artists and architects to work and develop in a unique, multidisciplinary community. Its Fine Arts programme provides a chance for JCU art history interns to work with world-renowned contemporary artists and assist in the curating of four shows a year.
Biblioteca Angelica: Rare Historical Texts & Illuminated Manuscripts
The Biblioteca Angelica began with the donation of 20, 000 volumes of rare manuscripts by the Augustinian Bishop Angelo Rocca (1546-1620) to the friars at the convent of St. Augustine in Rome.
Rocca ensured that his donation, as well as other collections the friars already possessed, had a building in which to be stored and displayed, and that any individual – regardless of rank – was free to browse and examine the manuscripts. Hence Europe’s very first public library was born.
The Biblioteca Angelica (named after its first patron) now houses hundreds of thousands of volumes, including:
• Texts on Italian literature and theatre
• Chronicles of religious controversies that impacted Italy (such as the Reformation and Counter-Reformation)
• Maps and globes
• Series of modern letters between notable 19th and 20th century Italians
The library offers a trek through Italian history by way of expertly hand-crafted and often beautifully illuminated manuscripts – fascinating primary source material for anyone studying art history in Italy, and a truly remarkable place in which to pursue an internship.
Keats-Shelley House: Dedicated to the English Romantic Poets
Situated at the foot of the Spanish Steps, the Keats-Shelley House is a museum dedicated to the English Romantic poets, who were spellbound by the Eternal City.
Displayed through a chain of beautiful rooms, the collection contains a great many treasures and curiosities associated with the lives and works of the Romantic poets, as well as one of the finest libraries of Romantic literature in the world; now numbering more than 8,000 volumes.
As well as its permanent collection, the museum also organizes exhibitions, lectures and events that require the assistance of JCU interns.
If you’d like to learn more about applying for an internship at one of the fabulous institutions we’ve looked at here, visit John Cabot University’s Center for Career Services: Internship Section, for application criteria and procedures.
Are you looking for an art history university that offers exciting internship opportunities?
Visit John Cabot University to explore our art history program, and learn more about studying abroad in Rome!