"I would not be where I am today without the education, opportunities (both in and out of the classroom environment) and experience that I received throughout my time at Marywood University. Most importantly, what stands out to me now are the relationships that I formed with former professors who have become lifelong mentors."

Cynthia Myron

Arts Administrator — Dept. of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University
(BFA Sculpture, Marywood University)

Fieldwork Experience

Marywood University acknowledges the necessity of integrating academic course work and practical experience in the total learning process within many major areas of study. As a result, the University maintains strong and active affiliations with a number of cooperating agencies wherein students can gain these competencies, typically as upper division students. These arrangements are defined specifically at the departmental level and include titles such as: “field experience,” “clinical practicum,” “internship,” and “student teaching.” Each is designed to provide the opportunity of transferring theoretical paradigms to practical situations.

 

Fieldwork Experience FAQs

Before you look for an internship, meet with your advisor or a faculty member in your area to discuss your goals and the process.

  • What is Fieldwork? It is a 90-hour paid or unpaid internship in your field, which works out to roughly 6-8 hours per week over the course of a semester. The three-credit course earns a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U). Most of the jobs will be on site, so you get valuable experience working with business owners and other employees in a real work environment. It's a win-win for everyone!
  • When do I do it? It is suggested you do it in your Junior or Senior year. It can be done any semester or during the summer to fit your schedule.
  • Can I do it over the summer? Yes. If you do the internship over the summer you will need to register and pay for Fieldwork Experience as a summer course.
  • How do I find somewhere to work? Marywood Career Services lists local internship opportunities. The art department has standing internship opportunities with many local companies that we can easily direct you to. Some research can uncover other opportunities that directly fill your needs. 
  • Do I need a resume and portfolio? At minimum you should have a resume that you can email when trying to obtain your internship. Be prepared to show your work in a portfolio during an interview. Students must have a professional portfolio completed with the required number of pieces, approved by their supervisor, before field experience can be arranged.
  • What paperwork do I need to complete? Pick up an internship packet from the main art office located in lobby of the Shields Center for Visual Arts (VAC). When you secure your internship, you must have the Fieldwork Experience contract (found in the beginning of the packet) signed by your fieldwork site supervisor, your faculty advisor, the art department chair, and the University president before you begin. If you fail to obtain the signatures before you start, your internship credits will not be approved. Read the packet carefully; there are instructions and forms to fill out as you work through your internship. Discuss with your faculty advisor before starting to fill out the forms. This packet will be turned into your faculty advisor at the end along with a two-page paper explaining your experience.

 

For additional questions about fieldwork in your area, please contact your faculty advisor or the Art Department Chair at Phone: (570) 348-6278 or art@marywood.edu.