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Dr. Alexander Rich and others gathered in a gallery room discussing artworks in a seated group setting.

Polk Museum of Art: 2024 Summer Fellowship Program

Feb 29, 2024

The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College is pleased to share its esteemed Summer Fellowship Program for the 2024 summer semester. This initiative offers FSC students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the inner workings of one of the nation’s leading fine arts museums, encouraging career path exploration within Museum and non-profit organizations. The program spans six weeks, beginning May 31 and concluding July 19. Participants will choose from one of six distinctive departments, providing a multifaceted experience.

The highly competitive Summer Fellowship Program is open to undergraduate FSC students, irrespective of major, provided they have completed their first year. Fellows will engage in department-specific activities tailored to personal interests and career aspirations. Activities and weekly collaborative projects with other fellows culminate into an end-of-summer Gallery Talk, providing students a platform to exhibit their designs and showcase interaction skills honed during the program.

“We love including students from across all fields of interest at FSC in our Summer Fellowship Program. Truly, we gain invaluable insight into what we do at the Museum through each Fellow's individual lens — and each Fellow will undoubtedly discover new paths to explore and new talents they might not know they have,” said Dr. Alexander Rich, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Polk Museum of Art and Chair of the Department of Art History and Museum Studies.

Dr. Rich is recognized for his dedication to providing students with transformative pre-professional experiences and resources through various educational. Demonstrated through numerous educational programs and opportunities, Dr. Rich reflects his commitment to academic success and openly shares his enthusiasm for future Fellows.

“The career opportunities available within the worlds of museums and non-profits are broad, and Summer Fellows have an exceptional chance not only to build their resumes but also to become an integral and impactful part of the life of the Polk Museum of Art for six weeks this summer,” said Dr. Rich.

Applications for the program are open and are accepted until March 22 at 5 P.M. Chosen applicants receive an honorarium of $1,200 and on-campus housing at no additional cost. For detailed information about the program and application requirements, visit Other inquires may be directed to Dr. Rich at

The Polk Museum of Art is a nationally accredited fine art teaching museum that provides educational and enriching experiences through art. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Museum houses over 2,800 works of art by illustrious figures, such as Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso, and hosts exclusive academic opportunities. Collaboration with Florida Southern College and museum experts creates a diverse selection of specialized programs, allowing students to closely engage with Museum professionals in tasks like exhibition research, collection management, and assistance with gallery tours, visitor services, and camps.