Art & Fine Arts Internships Abroad

Back to Programs

A Guide to Fine Arts Internships Abroad

In today’s quickly growing technological world, the importance of acquiring an international audience is becoming more and more crucial within the art world. While the internet and social media have made this much more accessible for artists to achieve, it is equally important to have an understanding and knowledge of your audience and their various cultures. There is no better way to gain knowledge of various art cultures than by completing an art internship abroad.

Why Intern Abroad in Fine Arts

Interning abroad in the arts will expose you to various cultural art standards that will broaden your repertoire. Through art internships abroad, you will get to know the standards of a new country’s art scene and more importantly the expectations of the local audience. You will then learn to adjust your artwork to meet the expectations of the audience you are marketing your product to. This doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your unique style to meet customers needs, but rather you will be enhancing and broadening your style to expand and grow your business and ability to create art for a larger audience.

Participating in art internships abroad will also inevitably lead to networking within the field. By establishing yourself as an artist in another country, you will have the chance to work with known artists that will provide insight into how to be successful in that country. The connections you make while interning abroad are sure to lead to other opportunities, as working on an international stage is highly respected, and will likely lead to more travel in the future.

Locations

No matter where you find an art internship abroad, you are sure to broaden your cultural understanding of the local art. This is the key to further developing a sense of style as you will expand your realm of artistic possibilities. While traveling abroad to anywhere new and unfamiliar is greatly beneficial to your art career, here are a few locations where the art scene is particularly flourishing which has led to exceptional art internship opportunities.

England. Full of historic architecture, famous museums, and an art enthused public, England offers a diverse range of opportunities for art internships abroad. England is internationally recognized for its exceptional presence in the performing arts, particularly within the capital city, London. London is home to many world renowned theater and dance schools that are sure to make an impact on your resume and on your development as a performing artist.

In addition to the performing arts, England also excels within the fields of fashion, photography, and marketing. Internships in England in any of the latter fields will be advantageous to your art career. Art internships in England may also place you on an international stage with major organizations, such as the British Broadcasting Corporation, which is located in London.

China is a great location to intern abroad in fine arts, especially for anyone from the Western Hemisphere who is looking for a new and unfamiliar art culture. China is home to some of the oldest art practices and traditions which are still prevalent in much of today’s modern art. Although China places an important emphasis on preserving artistic traditions, the country is also insistent on cultural development and progression. Interning in China in fine arts will give you a perfect blend of conservative ancient traditions mixed with trendy new ideas that push the boundaries of modernity.

United States. With such as diverse range of cities, small towns, and people, the U.S. makes for an excellent country for international internships in fine arts. Home to so many subcultures, there is no real standard for art in the U.S., which allows interns to experience a range of art tastes and styles. New York City is the epicenter for art and cultural diversity in the U.S. There is nothing that you can’t find in terms of art in New York, and by attending various museums, art galleries, and live art demonstrations, you will be able to acquire a newfound appreciation for the arts.

On the opposite side of the country resides the home to filmmaking and acting in Hollywood, California. Interning in Hollywood will leave you surrounded by other aspiring artists that may inspire and help develop your own career as an artist. Wherever you decide to intern in the U.S. you are sure to find an eclectic art scene and population.

Art Internships Abroad

Museums & Art Galleries. Learn the ins and outs of what it takes to work in a museum and/or art gallery by participating in in-depth art internships abroad. Interns will not only learn about the artifacts within the museum and art gallery by shadowing multiple tours a day, but you will also gain insight into the business and administrative side of museums and art galleries as well. This may consist of monitoring sales and acquisitions, guest relations, art conservation, as well as other curatorial and administrative duties.

Art Studios & Workshops. Have the chance to work hands on with a professional artist by interning abroad as an assistant in a workshop or studio. Whether your interest lies in painting, jewelry, photography, or glass blowing, there is an international internship in fine arts out there for you to assist in an artist’s workspace. Working directly with an established artist is an excellent opportunity to gain hands on experience while also developing a strong professional relationship with the artist. This relationship you build with the artist is essential for building your portfolio and letters of recommendation for any art jobs in the future. 

Film & Video. Interning in film and video abroad is sure to give you critical experience that will greatly aid your career in the film industry. No matter what your internship duties include, it is always beneficial to just be present on the set of a film shooting. This allows you the chance to observe and learn about all of the intricacies that go on during a major production. You will most likely be given the chance to gain hands on experience handling equipment while also being able to directly ask the professionals questions. Whether you are playing a major role as a production assistant on a major motion picture production or are just simply shadowing on the set of a television commercial production, you are sure to gain essential knowledge about the production process.

Benefits & Challenges

  • Gain the Ability to Think Outside of the Box. Interning abroad opens you up to a plethora of new ideas and customs that can greatly benefit your own art and future career goals. By being exposed to new people and places, you will gain the ability to generate fresh creative ideas that are sure to support you as an artist or your business or company’s agenda.
  • Discover New Ways to “Make it” as an Artist: In an industry that many perceive as being difficult to make a living in, traveling abroad to intern in fine arts will broaden the possibilities of your career. By networking and getting to know different artists from around the world, you will make note of the various ways in which artists are able to make a living. The tips and observations you receive while interning abroad will inspire you to find creative ways to turn your passion into your profession.
Read More
Banner Report 2018

A Guide To
Fine Arts Internships Abroad

READ ARTICLE

 Find Art & Fine Arts Internships Abroad Now

Save

This listing has been saved 25 times

Intern in Cape Town with Connect-123!

Make your resume stand out against all the others with an internship in Cape Town, South Africa! Connect-123 helps those looking to add international work experience to their background find the perfect placement in this amazing city. Opportunities are available in business, entrepreneurship, human rights, economic development, health care, public health, education and many more! With onsite ...

Save

This listing has been saved 43 times

Museum & Art Gallery Internships in Dublin

Intern in Dublin! Interns assigned in museums and galleries have the opportunity to work in diverse settings: * Historical Libraries * Curatorial * Education * Conservation * Administration * Guest Relations * Events * Sales and Acquisitions Interns participate in the ongoing work of a particular department, complete a project or a distinct portion of a larger project. Interns w...

Save

This listing has been saved 54 times

Internships in Madrid, Spain - Adelante Abroad

Madrid is Adelante's most developed International Internship Program with over 250 participating companies. Placements are available in nearly every field and sector including medical, business, marketing, international education, broadcasting, social work, sports, graphic design, tourism, psychology internships abroad and much more. To date, Adelante Abroad has placed 100 percent of our intern...

Save

This listing has been saved 43 times

Fashion Industry Internships - London

Fashion Week Internships is the only specialist fashion industry internship provider, delivering dynamic fashion-forward internship experiences in the birthplace of fashion - London! Working with over 2,000 industry leading brands, retailers, designers, labels and PR/events companies, our programs give motivated students and graduates the opportunity to experience the fashion industry up clo...

Save

This listing has been saved 68 times

Intern in Barcelona (Spain)

Get a sneak peek at your future career in the heart of one of Western Europe’s cultural and business hubs. On Intern in Barcelona, you’ll gain relevant, career-oriented skills while living in a playful, lively city that rarely sleeps. We’ll tailor your internship to match your goals and interests, giving you real-world experience in your chosen field. There’s more to love about spending four to...

Save

This listing has been saved 1 time

BUAbroad: Italy Padua Internship

Participate in this fall Padua program offered by Boston University. It takes place in a medieval city-state famous for its majestic architecture and historic landmarks. The lively town is an ideal setting to improve your proficiency in Italian and gain practical experience in your area of specialization. The Padua Internship Program, offered only in fall semesters and designed for all leve...

Save

Production Assistant (Fashion House) – Internship in China

Responsibilities – • Organizing and coordinating orders • Quality Control • CAD design work to create technical packs for production. • Stock control and logistics support • Overall support in a creative production environment. • Distribution standards and materials • The job demand lots of traveling. • Other assigned tasks. Requirement • Working towards a degree / certificate in ...

Save

This listing has been saved 14 times

Custom Group Service-Learning Trips

Projects Abroad arranges customized group service-learning trips for schools, universities, companies, and other organizations. With hundreds of projects to choose from in over 30 countries, we will tailor your trip to the individual needs of your group and guide you every step of the way. You chose the dates, location, project focus, and goals. With over 600 staff working for Projects A...

Save

This listing has been saved 198 times

International Internships in New York

*Please note: as we offer international internship programs, our USA internships are not available to US Citizens. We encourage you to look at our other destinations (London, Canada, China, Europe, Australia or Latin America). New York City is a cultural and financial hub of the world that will leave you wanting more. We offer successful applicants the chance to gain invaluable work experien...

Save

This listing has been saved 37 times

IES Internships - London Summer Internship

The London Summer Internship Program focuses on practical experience in the workplace, complemented by a classroom seminar, and the cultivation of global leadership skills. You will enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns where you will learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities. As well as developing your personal CV, an...

Save

This listing has been saved 9 times

West End Musical Theatre Training Program in England

Jump in to this intensive program and train in London’s West End in musical theater with some of the most accomplished actors, dancers, stage combat instructors, and directors in the world. This program includes classes, workshops, backstage tours, and attendance at West End shows. Take classes in acting, singing, dance, stage combat, and audition techniques in some of the West End’s most famou...

Save

This listing has been saved 93 times

Internship in Japan with Asia Internship Program

Japan is an extraordinary country from the beautiful landscapes and rich history, to the one of a kind culture and delicious cuisine. Through an internship with AIP, you’ll be able to go on an adventure of a lifetime and explore everything the wonderful country of Japan has to offer. Doing an internship in Japan will provide you the amazing opportunity to advance your career with internatio...

Save

This listing has been saved 69 times

VACorps Professional Internship Program

As a participant of our program, located in Cape Town, South Africa, you tell us what type of internship experience you are looking for and we will create a custom internship placement based around your specific interests. You will be placed within an environment where you will make a positive contribution to your host organization while gaining invaluable and distinctive international work exp...

Save

This listing has been saved 38 times

Summer Internships in Dublin

Are you ready to take your resumé and work experience to the next level? How about living in a beautiful, diverse city and country full of history? Then Global Experiences Internship Program in Dublin, Ireland is the program for you. They offer placements in a variety of fields ranging from marketing, graphic design, and event planning, to accounting and IT. Global Experiences gives you the o...