As a student at Williams, you are an integral part of the work we do here at the museum.
Learn how you can participate in every aspect of the museum — from developing exhibitions and programs to leading tours.
Use the Galleries
Many students use the museum galleries to study and sketch artwork, to write papers, or for a study break. Drawing boards, paper, pencils, and laptops are welcome. Gallery stools are also available for student use; ask at the front desk.
Apply to be a Museum Associate, intern, federal work-study student, volunteer or Student Advisory Committee member. Here, you have direct access to the professionals who work at all levels of the museum.
WCMA Advisory Council
The WCMAAdvisory Council is dedicated to strengthening the connection between Williams students and the museum. By learning about WCMA’s behind-the-scenes activities, offering advice on how to create meaningful museum experiences for students, and developing a culminating program with art world mentors, participants will take leadership roles in redefining the relationship between the museum and students. Students interested in applying to be on the council should contact Sonnet Coggins, Associate Director of Academic and Public Engagement.
Museum Associates (MAs) are dedicated volunteers who lead guided tours and activities for the public. As an MA, you will share your passion for art with others and serve as an important role model. Apply for this competitive program after you finish an introductory art history course at Williams. We provide weekly training sessions to deepen your knowledge about the exhibitions, art history and practices, teaching strategies, and the role of the museum.
Applications to become a Museum Associate are due January 21 for the spring and April 15 for the fall. Download a Museum Associates Application form (PDF) and email Sonnet Coggins, Associate Director of Academic and Public Engagement, to set up an interview. For more information, download our Museum Associates Program Overview (PDF).
We encourage students from across the campus to apply for internships at the museum. Interns work closely with the museum staff in every department. Internship projects have included creating lessons for preK–12 school groups, working on our website, conducting research on our collection, creating videos for exhibitions, and contributing to the blog. To see which internships are available and apply, please contact Amy Tatro, Assistant to the Director.
Federal Work Study
We give first priority to Williams students who qualify for financial aid. Need a job? The museum could be the perfect fit for you. Learn more »
If none of these options fit your schedule or needs, talk to us about ways to volunteer, pursue a special interest, or maintain a connection to a project.
Check our event calendar for artist’s talks, student and faculty art shows, openings, and other events. If you have an idea for a performance, discussion, or a gathering for student groups, we would love to hear from you!