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From the dean’s desk: A&S, March 2024

Photograph of Kirsten Olds
Kirsten Olds, Interim Dean

As we’re now midway through the spring semester, students are beginning to consider how they will use the summer break to advance their personal growth and careers. Kendall College of Arts & Sciences has several programs to help students design their futures and put their passions into practice:

In their sophomore year (ideally), all A&S students take a course in which they learn about career and job pathways, hear from professionals, connect with alumni and potential mentors, develop their resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing, and explore various options for graduate study. This course, along with the robust resources provided by TU’s CaneCareers office, arms students with the confidence and skills to undertake a successful job, internship, or graduate school search.

Our signature D’Arcy internship program provides students with paid internships in different organizations through a competitive process each summer. Last year’s D’Arcy interns reported that their experience “taught me how to work as a team,” “opened my eyes to how many different things I can do,” and “affirmed everything that I want to do.” Several noted how the internships boosted their professional confidence, with one sharing, “I’m capable of more than I think I am.” We are excited to announce the following summer 2024 internship sites:

  • 108 Contemporary
  • Tulsa City Council
  • Justice Arts Coalition
  • OKPOP Museum
  • Take Control Initiative
  • The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges
  • The Church Studio
  • The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice
  • TU Center for Global Engagement
  • TU Office of Strategic Marketing & Communications

This summer, we also are launching a partnership with CampusTulsa to provide housing, programming, and a sense of community for our D’Arcy interns. For us, embracing the ampersand means thinking locally & globally, individually & communally, and personally & professionally.

An additional paid internship enables an Arts, Culture & Entertainment Management major to live and work in London, undertaking programming and events for the Old Diorama Arts Centre in the heart of the city. The internship is possible by a generous endowment from the Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation and allows students to study the business side of the arts.

Other paid, volunteer, and/or for-credit internship opportunities are available on Handshake, a platform the university uses to connect students with opportunities. This summer, students will undertake research projects, with an estimated 20 pursuing them through the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC). A&S students also will prepare applications for nationally competitive fellowships, such as U.S. Department of State, Fulbright, and Marshall.

Alumni, community partners, and new friends, please let us know if your organization has internship or job opportunities. Or if you’d like to contribute to supporting our students in undertaking these activities, you can do so this Giving Day, April 2.

Embrace the ampersand,

Kirsten Olds
Interim Dean

Kendall College of Arts & Sciences