Career Services serves the college by assisting current students with the management of career planning and resume building strategies. Students have access to information about job, internship and volunteer opportunities specific to their major. The office maintains relationships with the Nashville community to explore and initiate direct opportunities for students of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.

In addition, in the first post-graduate year, Alumni are encouraged to access these services as well.  For additional alumni support, resources and benefits, check out the alumni section of the website at www/ .

A weekly email of opportunities for both current students and alumni is sent out weekly.

For more information on career services email Michael Francis at [email protected].


For Employers
We welcome your interest in Watkins College of Art, Design & Film students and graduates!

Watkins Alumni have an exceptional employment record. Our students and alumni are working in some of Nashville’s most influential cultural and creative communities. Recent surveys have shown that a large percentage of Watkins graduates (an average of 65%) are actively working in a field related to their major, and 85% identify themselves as working artists. 

If you would like to to submit an employment opportunity or paid internship request, please provide an overview of how your request is specific to one of our majors (Film, Photo, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Fine Art) and the Career Services Coordinator will be happy to review your request.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].




Academic internships are approved by the department chairs of each respective program and are usually available to the student at the junior/senior level.

Watkins students are encouraged to get involved with Nashville’s creative community through the many opportunities presented by internships. An internship will enhance a student’s career by improving the growth of their resume, increasing  professional skills, and developing a clearer perspective on what it takes to succeed in the creative world.

If you would like to explore establishing an academic relationship with the College, please contact the departmental chair whose program relates most to your request.  He or she will be happy to discuss the process:

The Film School:  Richard Gershman at [email protected]

Fine Art:  Kristi Hargrove at [email protected]

Graphic Design/Illustration/Web Design:  Dan Brawner at [email protected]

Interior Design:  Cheryl Gulley at [email protected]

Photography:  Robin Paris at [email protected]

The Career Services office arranges workshops throughout the year for students on a variety of topics, including building career skills or round table talks with professionals in various arts-related careers. Check here for information on upcoming events.

Watkins Internship Fair
Monday, March 20, 2017
12:30 – 2:00 pm
CORE Space (Rooms 417 & 419)

The annual Watkins Internship Fair is back! Students who are looking for internships during the Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018 semesters are encouraged to attend. Not a junior or senior? Stop by to learn more about organizations in the fields of film, fine art, graphic design, interior design, and photography.

Past participants in the internship fair have included Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, IDS (Interior Design Services), Nashville Film Festival, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Nashville Public Television, redpepper, SeedSpace, St8ment, StagePost, and Zeitgeist Gallery.

For more information, contact Michael Francis, Residence Life & Student Experience Coordinator, at [email protected].