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.
Apply to be a Think Tank member, Gallery Guide, intern, or volunteer. Here, you have direct access to the professionals who work in all areas of the museum.
WCMA’s Think Tank investigates ways the museum can be better integrated into the lives of Williams students. Beginning with questions about WCMA’s student audience, members will collect information from their peers and present findings to museum staff. Think Tank members will develop their arts leadership and support skills by becoming familiar with the inner workings of the museum, learning how to conduct audience research, and building communication and presentation skills. This group meets biweekly and requires 30-60 minutes of independent work between meetings. Students interested in joining for the 2014-15 academic year must attend a Meet and Greet on Friday, September 12 at 12pm or 4pm to apply. Please contact Sarah Margerum, Public Engagement Manager, with questions.
The ability to facilitate a dialogue among museum visitors and artworks with skill and sophistication is fundamental to any future museum work. Gallery Guides study the museum and selected artworks on view, as well as best practices for engaging visitors with artworks. They also engage in communication and leadership development opportunities with WCMA staff members, artists, peers, and visitors. Gallery Guides lead tours that are responsive to the needs and interests of our visitors, inviting them to express ideas and questions and explore the many lenses through which an artwork can be discovered. This program meets weekly and requires a commitment to some independent work and tour and program assignments. Students interested in joining for the 2014-15 academic year must attend a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, September 10 at 4pm to apply. Please contact Sarah Margerum, Public Engagement Manager, with questions.
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 tour content, managing our social media, conducting research on our collection, and creating videos for exhibitions. To see which internships are available and apply, please contact Amy Tatro, Assistant to the Director.
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 programs page for artist’s talks, student and faculty art shows, openings, and other events.