Beyond the Classroom

With limitless opportunities for cultural, social, artistic, and professional growth, Washington, D.C. is an integral part of your Corcoran education. The city is a vibrant, extended campus that offers rewarding internships, jobs, and volunteer oportunities for students both within city limits and beyond.

Students benefit from the Corcoran’s membership with the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). This consortium of 45 art colleges from throughout the country and in certain countries overseas allows students from member schools to apply to spend a semester during their junior year at another AICAD college of their choice.

For those wishing to stay closer to campus, the Corcoran is one of 15 members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. This group of local colleges and universities provide a broad range of opportunities and resources for students. As a student of the Corcoran, you may take classes at many of the area schools, including the George Washington University and Georgetown University, to broaden and enhance your already rich curricular experience.


Collaborating with Smithsonian curators, photographing breaking news for The Washington Post , working behind-the-scenes at MTV—one of the best ways the Corcoran enhances your post-graduation career prospects is through its internship program. In a city like Washington, D.C., opportunities for exciting and rewarding internships abound. The Corcoran offers academic credit for approved internship experiences, while the College’s Career Services Department works with students to secure internships at some of the most well-known and respected organizations and companies in the area. Additionally, Corcoran students are encouraged to apply for internships within the Corcoran Gallery of Art, capitalizing on the institutions unique relationship. Click here for more information on academic year and summer internships.


Volunteering at the Corcoran is a wonderful way to become more involved in the Washington arts community. Each year, many volunteers lend their time and talents to the Corcoran, enabling the Institution to extend its reach into the community and to further promote arts appreciation.

The Corcoran hosts a number of programs and events that depend on volunteer assistance in order to make guests feel welcomed. Volunteers are needed at exhibition openings, Member events, public programs, family days, and in various departments across the institution on a daily basis.

Once you have filled out a volunteer application form indicating your availability, qualifications, and interests, we will contact you with potential assignments. Each volunteer is required to attend an orientation prior to the start of volunteer responsibilities. Every month, you will receive an email update with upcoming volunteer opportunities.

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Community Partnerships

Many of the Corcoran’s degree programs allow students to interface with the broader Washington, D.C. community through art. Students enrolled in the BFA/MAT and MAT programs put theory to practice through mentorship opportunities observing and teaching in our partner schools, museum education programs, and community arts centers. The Corcoran partners with: The Lab School of Washington, Washington Very Special Arts, Centro Nia, City Blossoms, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, THEARC, the Sitar Center, and many other institutions, including public and private and charter schools.