Beginning in Fall 2020, Watkins College of Art will merge with Belmont University to become Watkins College of Art at Belmont University. In addition to the collegiate programs, Watkins’s Community Education programs will be part of that merger. However, as we transition to Belmont, we are aligning with its policies for social distancing this summer under the guidance of the mayor’s office. As a result, all summer programs, including summer camps and adult community education programs, are canceled. We hope that each of you remains safe and well through this season and are able to join us when we reopen in the fall.  Should you have any questions, please write to

Create—and teach children to create

Summers are for growth, excitement, and fun—especially fun. We have designed programs to help you bring your creative skills to the next level and to learn how to share those skills with younger students. Acting as a mentor also teaches you to be more rigorous about your own creative process—an essential step to maturing as an artist or designer.

Teen community education at Watkins College of Art

Watkins Community Education Internship Program

Do you envision pursuing a career in the creative economy—either as an artist, creative professional, or as a teacher guiding young students in the expression of their own creativity? As a teenager, you’ll find that children will look to you as a mentor and be receptive to your guidance. Yes, it’s a big responsibility, but it’s also a rewarding one.

You would enjoy being a summer intern if you:

  • love making art
  • know how to work with kids as a result of your experience babysitting, helping younger siblings, or working or volunteering with youth
  • embrace responsibility and are highly motivated, personable, positive, and proactive
  • hope to gain work experience
  • look forward to assisting our professional teaching artists in providing a creative camp experience for kids ages five to 13

Here are the internship details:

Summer 2020, Watkins will participate in Opportunity NOW, offering the following internship experience. The application process opens on January 7, 2020. 

High School Internship: 16-18 years old

Are you a rising junior or senior in high school? The Opportunity NOW High School Internship program is a great way to gain work experience and learn more about a career you might with to pursue in the future. The program is Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. or 10:30am – 5pm and lasts six weeks over the summer. If you are selected as a high school intern, you will make $9.00 an hour and receive pre-program training and coaching to ensure you have the skills you need on the job.

To read the full internship job description, and to learn about the application process, visit Opportunity NOW.