Programs and Involvement

University Galleries aims to offer USD’s student community a variety of opportunities to obtain experience in the museum world.  To this end, we promote unique forms of student engagement for both individuals and groups.  Internships for course credit and fellowships are available on a semester-long or annual basis.  Additionally, students are invited to help build our diverse collections as part of their USD coursework.

Student interns in the galleries

Each semester, University Galleries accepts up to four student interns who are interested in gaining firsthand experience with art historical or anthropological museum practice. A rigorous program is developed for each intern. These students are asked to identify a research project based on their interests and preferred field of study. Internships may be taken for course credit. Students who are interested in internship opportunities should contact Derrick Cartwright, Director of University Galleries at or John Murphy at

Painting in the Timken's collection

Created in partnership with the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park, the Ackerman Fellowship enables a recent USD graduate to explore a career in museums through a yearlong post-baccalaureate experience at the Timken. The Ackerman Fellow will work alongside professional staffs at the Timken and at University Galleries, learning about various departments and positions within a busy museum, in addition to working on a research-based curatorial project that, ideally, will feature a collaboration between these two institutions. The Ackerman Fellow generally starts in June, soon after the end of the academic year. This fellowship is envisioned as a part-time position with compensation. Applications for the 2019-2020 Ackerman Fellow are due by February 28, 2019. You can find the University Galleries Fellowship Application here.

Work by Ernest Born

Created around a generous gift from Bea and Tom Roberts, the Born-Roberts Scholar will focus on cataloguing, researching, and the general care and organization of artworks created by Ernest Born in the University's Print Collection. Ernest Born, a successful architect and professor at UC Berkeley, created prints, drawings, and watercolors around architectural studies, now gifted to USD. The culmination of this project will result in the complete cataloguing of over 300 works on paper and a monographic exhibition of his work. The Born-Roberts Scholar ideally has an interest in architectural and art historical studies, and can work on an annual basis with University Galleries staff. To apply or further inquire about the position, please contact Derrick Cartwright at

Student studying prints

This fellowship is designed to allow USD students to travel to an art institution outside of San Diego for research related to their art history major. The McFarland-Whitcomb Fellow’s studies and travel are coordinated with the help of University Galleries, ideally pairing them with an institution that will facilitate research or supervise an internship experience. McFarland-Whitcomb Fellows may receive a stipend to offset their travel expenses. Most often, the fellowships are for travel during intersession or summer months. McFarland-Whitcomb Fellows should discuss their projects with art history faculty and must provide letters of support for their proposed research/internship. To apply for the fellowship, please complete and submit the University Galleries Fellowship Application here.

Students with their acquisition

A generous gift from the Legler Benbough Foundation has allowed University Galleries to create an innovative student acquisitions program, usually embedded into the course syllabus of an art history class during the academic year. Students create acquisition proposals for works they feel University Galleries should purchase and add to the permanent collection. Much like in an established art museum, these proposals go before an “acquisitions committee,” comprised of both arts professionals and former students, who select the successful proposals. All works selected are ultimately purchased and added to the University Print Collection. Any inquiries about this program can be directed to Derrick Cartwright, Director of University Galleries at

Guding a tour in the galleries

USD students of any academic background are invited to apply to work as Gallery Guides for the Hoehn Family Galleries in Founders Hall. This paid position offers students the chance to learn about the artwork and themes in the exhibitions we display in order to engage with and provide information to gallery visitors. In addition, students learn how to monitor a professional and secure environment for the artworks on display. Gallery Guides must be available to work during open hours, generally Monday – Friday, noon-5pm, and Saturday, noon – 4pm during the academic year. To learn more about the position and potential openings, contact Katherine Noland at

Want to know more?

Questions about fellowships, internships, and Gallery Guide positions with University Galleries may be directed to Galleries staff at Please feel welcome to stop by our offices in person at Founders Hall 100 & 102, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.