Student Engagement

A core function of the University Galleries is the support of student excellence by developing practical professional skills and industry opportunities. The University Galleries offers students from all disciplines the chance to utilise creative thinking practices across real workplace scenarios. Engaging with the Galleries gives students the tools to challenge their existing perspectives and methodologies, approach problem-solving from new directions, allowing innovation and new ideas to flourish through engagement with curated and research exhibitions, and a broad range of industry experience.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and Internships

The University Galleries supports annual paid student placements and additional unpaid internships by discretion. Our interns are essential and highly valued team members who take part in all aspects of the University Galleries annual program.

Gallery placements are highly competitive and we value multi-disciplinary learning and encourage students from all faculties to apply. If you are interested in applying for the 2021 internships please submit an application through Jobs on Campus.

Meet our 2020 WIL team members: 

Image: Emma Boertje (left) and Alexia Psaltis (right) stand in front of Karen Dimmock's exhibition 'Within', Watt Space Gallery 2020.

Emma Boertje | BA Business/Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Currently in her third year of study, Emma has a strong passion for cultivating the local arts. Emma has a long history of involvement in a number of Newcastle community arts organisations including Crack Theatre Festival and Catapult Dance.

In her words, "Interning for the University Art Gallery has been an incredible experience in broadening my knowledge on the inner-workings of a public gallery. Having the opportunity to work alongside both gallery staff and artists to showcase diverse and stimulating works has given me the hands-on experience I need to follow my plans into an arts administrative career."

Alexia Psaltis | BA Law (Hons)/Diploma of Legal Practice
Alexia is in her final year of study, having recently completed a BA Arts in 2018 while studying in France. In addition to her love of law, Alexia maintains her own creative practice, with particular interests in photography, design and exhibition.

In her words, "I am passionate in my work as a Gallery Intern because it allows me to engage directly with artists and their individual creative practices. I am gaining valuable skills in utilising new programs such as Adobe CC, learning technical art installation practices across diverse gallery spaces and creating digital media content to document exhibitng artists and their processes. Working within the dynamic team at the UniversityGallery is definitely inspiring!"


In addition to internships, the University Galleries also facilitates a volunteer program that offers our students the opportunity to gain valuable arts industry experience working with our team in a fun, dynamic environment.

If you would like to volunteer with the University Galleries, please fill out this form and return it to

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