Student Educator Program

Applications to join the fall 2022 cohort are due by May 2.

The Student Educator program is a paid gallery teaching opportunity for Washington University students to help visitors learn about the Museum’s collection and exhibitions while gaining experience with visual analysis, critical thinking, public speaking, and audience engagement. Student Educators are an important public face of the Museum, designing and leading tours that invite visitors from all backgrounds to express ideas and raise questions, and exploring the many lenses through which art can be discovered.

Requirements and Eligibility

The Student Educator program seeks students who are passionate about connecting with people around art. We welcome applicants with diverse interests and perspectives from a range of academic backgrounds. To be eligible for the Student Educator program, students will be at least a sophomore at the time of training, which occurs at the start of the fall semester on alternating years. All majors and students with experience in art, art history, media studies, visual culture studies, and education are encouraged to apply.

Student Educators participate in training sessions with Museum staff to learn about the collection, special exhibitions, museum education, and curatorial practices. Students must attend training sessions and observe at least one tour. Student Educators receive an honorarium for each tour given. Recruitment for the Student Educator program takes place every other year. 

To learn more about the Student Educator program, please contact Olivia Mendelson, assistant educator, at


Please email your completed application form and CV to Olivia Mendelson, assistant educator, at


Support for this program is provided by the Mark Weil Tribute Fund and Women and the Kemper.