Art History Student Lands New Curatorial Internship with the Dallas Museum of Art
Visual arts and art history student Swarangi Potdar has been selected for a new curatorial internship with the Dallas Museum of Art this summer, which will focus on object research for their permanent collection of American art.
Current undergraduate art history student Swarangi Potdar has been selected for a new curatorial internship with the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) this summer. The paid internship will focus on object research for the Museum’s permanent collection of American art.
“Being able to work at a place that allows me to surround myself with some of the greatest historic artworks is beyond exciting for me,” says Potdar. “I’m looking forward to being able to expand my visual and quantitative skills at analyzing an artwork.”
Potdar, who also volunteered with the DMA as a Teen Ambassador when she was in high school, will be working directly with Dr. Sue Canterbury, the Pauline Gill Sullivan Curator of American Art at the DMA, on documentation, data entry, and online organization of the American art collection.
The multi-faceted aspect of the internship offers a unique opportunity for Potdar, a finance and visual arts double major and art history minor, to integrate all of her academic pursuits in one experience. Her ultimate career goal? To work for art auctions, a path that would allow her to combine the knowledge and skills she has learned throughout her finance and art education at SMU.
“It is a rare opportunity for an undergraduate student to have a curatorial internship like this one,” explains associate professor and Karl Kilinski II Endowed Chair of Hellenic Visual Culture Stephanie Langin-Hooper. “This experience is such an important career builder for students on a museum career track.”
Langin-Hooper collaborated with the DMA and SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center to create this paid internship opportunity. The Hegi Family Career Development Center, which is currently funding the internship with the DMA, provides a variety of learning opportunities for SMU students that position them for future professional success and works with employers to assist them in reaching qualified SMU candidates. You can learn more about Hegi’s mission, programs, and opportunities, for both students and employers, here.