The Ringling offers a variety of opportunities for college students to engage with its collections and staff to develop professional and practical skills in pursuit of academic and career goals.  Explore what The Ringling has to offer and let us know if you have any questions by emailing [email protected].

Student Discounts

Currently enrolled college students receive free or discounted Museum Admission when presenting a valid College ID at the Admissions desk upon entry.

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College Group Visits

We invite higher education faculty, staff, and students to leverage The Ringling’s resources to benefit their research, coursework, and in-person learning.  College educators are invited to schedule a visit for student groups that are enrolled in a degree-seeking program. Visits should be requested by completing the visit request form.

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Internships | Fellowships

Learn from dedicated professionals working in one of the largest university art museums in the United States. We offer academic experiences across multiple departments, venues, and collections— all supported by Florida State University. Interns and fellows collaborate with staff to publish research, develop, and implement public programming, and put theory into practice.

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Academic Connections

When Florida State University (FSU) began its stewardship of The Ringling in 2000, all FSU students gained access to The Ringling’s 66-acre bayfront campus, its collections, and staff expertise. FSU’s College of Fine Arts has two graduate studies programs featuring in-residence internships at The Ringling with oversight by the Associate Director of Academic Affairs + Collections.

Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies (MCHS) | Department of Art History

The Ringling Course is an optional two-semester (fall and spring) in-residence internship at The Ringling for selected MCHS graduate students (M.A). Interns rotate through front-of-house, back-of-house, and arts administration areas. Fall semester builds foundational skills and career introductions across several Ringling departments. During spring semester, interns complete skills-based projects focused on specific academic/professional goals to help propel interns towards success after graduation. Graduate coursework, professional development, and cultural enrichment are included during The Ringling Course.

Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Curation (EC) | Department of Art Education

Admitted graduate students in FSU’s Museum Education and Visitor-Centered Curation program (M.A., Ed.D, and Ph.D.) may complete an in-residence internship at The Ringling. EC interns work in the Education Department and complete projects supporting The Ringling’s public programs. Interns work with dedicated professionals within the following program areas: Adults, Arts & Health, Community Relations and Outreach, Education and Training, School and Teachers, and Youth and Families. Auditing MCHS graduate courses, professional development, and cultural enrichment are included.