Internships & Art Therapy Practicum
Gain real-world experience and insight—before you graduate.
Participating in an internship will offer you a glimpse of the inner workings of your selected career while you are still working to complete your studies. This can help you fine-tune your course selections or possibly inspire you to add a co-major or minor to better support your future career goals.
Internships for the Studio Art and Integrated Art Major
If you are majoring in studio art or integrated art, you’re not required to complete an internship; however, your faculty adviser can help you pursue an internship experience, if you’re interested in completing one. Some recent Cedar Crest art internship experiences include:
- Curatorship of the Capstone Gallery in Alumnae Hall at Cedar Crest College
- Gallery installation, assisting the gallery coordinator and artists in the setup of their gallery shows
- Alumnae Museum, curate exhibits from the College alumnae collection
Art students may also apply to participate in the Cedar Crest Living Learning Community for artists, called CREATE. This year-long course allows students to spend time in the classroom and the dorms with like-minded students, working together on an art-related project that serves the Lehigh Valley community.
The Art Therapy Practicum
If you are an Art Therapy major at Cedar Crest, you will be required to participate in an internship during your senior year. This is known as the Art Therapy Practicum (ART 403) and it involves 50 hours of observation time in an approved facility. The observations must be performed under the supervision of a master’s level art therapist who will be available to supply feedback and discussion of art therapy concepts and approaches. Students are included in a senior art therapy exhibit of work created during their practicum hours.
This course is designed to give senior students an opportunity to clarify and focus their professional intentions and to obtain experience that will be useful in pursuing further educational opportunities. It is appropriate for students who plan to do graduate work in the field of art therapy.
Some locations in which College students have completed art therapy internships:
- Alchemy Open Studio, Doylestown
- Autism Resource Community Hub of Lehigh Valley (ARCH)
- Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital
- Lehigh Valley Hospital
- Sacred Heart Hospital
- Village Partners, Allentown
Last Updated: 5/23/12