Internships and Special Opportunities

The co-curricular opportunities at Elmhurst will introduce you to a wealth of career possibilities—and help you prepare to meet the challenges ahead.

Our faculty are prominent members of one of the largest art communities in the nation. That means valuable connections for you—long before you graduate.


Internships provide valuable practical experience in professional situations. Students have recently completed internships at Time Out Chicago, Chicago Reader Newspaper, Ridell, Inc., Brewpoint Coffee, and a number of other area businesses and organizations.

  • Darien Sportsplex
  • Alexander X. Kuhn & Co.
  • June Media
  • Toddy Gear
  • Lemont Center for the Arts
  • Magnani
  • Kensington International
  • The Facts Media
  • Elmhurst Art Museum
  • Two Penny Blue
  • Intersport
  • Nameste UCC
  • Elmhurst University Football
  • Elmhurst Public Library

On-Campus Experience

In addition to taking on a variety of internships, students can design MiddleWestern Voice, our art, music and literary journal or The Leader, the University’s student newspaper. Both publications are award-winning.

Clubs and Organizations

Our students have the opportunity to join Art Club—a club that plans regular trips to art museums, finds exhibition milieus and socializes around current art topics. There are also opportunities with the art department to become involved in community projects such as designing bike racks for the city of Elmhurst and designing brand identity for local businesses.

There are several opportunities on campus that exist for students to exhibit their artwork.

  • Art @ the Café is a competitive exhibition on permanent display for one year in the cafeteria and yearly student exhibitions.
  • As an art alumni, you will have the opportunity to exhibit your artwork in the Annual Art Alumni Exhibition during Homecoming Week.
  • Student Art Collection on display in the A.C. Buehler Library is a permanent collection of student art. Collecting began in 1971, each year several new works are selected by faculty to become part of the collection.

Special Opportunities

January Term gives you the flexibility to pursue special courses of study, including travel experiences or exploring non-Western traditions of the Chicago art scene.

Recent January Term special topics have included:

  • Experimental printmaking
  • Animation
  • Watercolor
  • Textiles of India

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