"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

Springborn Fellowship

The Springborn Fellowship is one of SMFA’s most distinguished and generous awards. Established by Dr. Robert and Carolyn Springborn (BFA '76) a select group of second, third, and fourth year students are recognized for their academic excellence and are chosen to receive a $25,000 scholarship annually. Applicants are considered automatically for this award, without regard to financial need: no additional application is required.

Yousuf Karsh Prize in Photography

The Karsh Prize is awarded annually to three talented students of photography.

Dana Pond Competition

An annual painting competition that honors three students who have done exemplary work during the preceding school year.

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".

Stella and Sumner Cooper Award

An annual prize for outstanding work 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.

Eugene C. Ward Memorial Scholarship

Established by family and friends in memory of the late Gene Ward, former dean of Admissions at SMFA, to honor a student who has shown "outstanding merit and commitment to their art in any media".

Timothy F. Nichols Drawing Breath Award

Presented to a student who sustains a high level of effort and production both in and outside of class.

Montague Travel Grant

This award is designated specifically for SMFA at Tufts Master of Fine Arts candidates to further their practice through research and investigation. All full-time SMFA graduate students are eligible 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.