"You make what's most real to you and you make based on your stories. It'll connect with people, no doubt. Art is about connections. Being an artist is about making connections."

Liz Maelane, BFA

Internships & Opportunities

SMFA students enjoy robust support in exploring professional pathways. Through work with our Career Center, internships, travel, and collaboration with our working-artist faculty members on research and exhibitions, students build networks and gain practical experience. Students are given the support to navigate online resources like Handshake, a career services tool for current students and alumni to find job listings, internships, employer profiles, and career events, while also receiving specialized guidance for aspiring artists and creative professionals on essentials like artist statements, portfolios, and websites.Internships are common and you’ll find our students in the studios of internationally-known artists like Ai Weiwei, Maya Lin, and Matthew Barney; at tech companies like Google and Apple; and gaining invaluable experience in galleries and museums across the country.

Handshake is your best first step for internships and career resources. SMFA students can do internships for studio credit. Restrictions apply. Please contact Ryan Smith, Assistant Director, Career Advisor for the Arts at ryan.smith@tufts.edu to see if you are eligible to complete an internship for studio credit.

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

Yousuf Karsh Prize in Photography

The Karsh Prize is awarded annually to three talented students (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) of photography. Winners will work directly with SMFA Exhibitions to re-print and frame their work for the Year End Exhibition.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Eligibility: Full-time student

Submission Requirements: 5 original photographic images, itemized checklist, artist statement

Dana Pond Competition

An annual competition that honors three students who have done exemplary work.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Eligibility: Full-time student

Submission Requirements: Exactly 3 works in painting, very broadly defined (i.e. could be working in any medium)

Will and Elena Barnet Painting Award

An annual prize given to a student whose paintings "embody the formal elements of painting, composition and the principles of structural design".

Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Eligibility: Full-time student

Submission Requirements: Exactly 1 work in painting, strictly defined

Stella and Sumner Cooper Award

An annual prize for outstanding work in metals, glass and/or ceramics.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Eligibility: Full-time student

Submission Requirements: 1-2 works in metals, glass, and/or ceramics

Dean’s Research Award

The Dean's Research Award supports SMFA students in realizing bold and important ideas. Collaborations are encouraged, but not required. All current SMFA at Tufts students are eligible to apply.

Contact Caleb Davis for information on how to apply.

Traveling Fellowships

One of the largest endowed art school grant programs in the country – currently totaling $80,000 to $100,000 annually – the Traveling Fellowship program awards alumni grants of $10,000 to graduates of any SMFA program.