At Clarke, learning occurs both in the classroom and outside campus. Clarke art students are encouraged, and in some areas, required to complete an internship to complement their academic work as a way to help prepare them for a professional career in the arts. In the recent past, Graphic Design students have completed valuable semester-long internships at places such as Plane Art Designs, McCullough Creative Group, Shepard, Inc, and Clarke’s Marketing and Communication Office.
Recently, Nate Smith (Cedar Rapids, IA) and Taylor Kellogg (Bellevue, IA) interned with Clarke ‘07 Graphic Design graduate Annie Koelker at the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce (pictured). Beth Stierman (Dubuque Wahlert) received invaluable real-world experience at The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque where she designed publications for area non-profit organizations.
Without doubt, internship opportunities extend to Art History majors as well. Recently, three Art History students learned the inner workings of the Dubuque Museum of Art while assisting with the installation of major exhibits. Megan Swenson researched and authored the essay that accompanied the Joseph Walter Exhibition and Lacy Bettcher helped install “The Spiritus Suite,” an exhibition of prints by Louise Kames, chair and professor of art at Clarke University.