Teaching in the Galleries: Student Educators

The Student Educator program is a paid opportunity for Washington University students to help visitors learn about the Museum’s collection and exhibitions while gaining experience with visual analysis, critical thinking, and public speaking. Student Educators facilitate active conversations about artworks and exhibitions with visitors of all ages.

You don’t need to major in art history to work as a Student Educator. Undergraduate students from all disciplines are trained to lead tours and programs for Washington University classes and younger students in elementary through high school. Student Educators receive an honorarium for each tour given and lead programs in the following areas:

Permanent Collection and Special Exhibition Tours
PreK–high school students are introduced to the Museum's collection and special exhibitions.

Art Basics
Kindergarten–2nd grade students are introduced to the art elements of color, shape, line, texture, and space.

Art of Observation
WashU students of medicine and other STEM fields learn to sharpen their observational and descriptive abilities through close study of artworks.

College Writing
WashU "College Writing" students reconsider what constitutes a text through an introduction to visual analysis and interpretation using secondary sources.

Requirements and Eligibility

Student Educators participate in three 90-minute training sessions with Museum curators and education staff. Students must attend all three sessions and shadow at least one of each tour type (College Writing, Art of Observation, and Art Basics) during the training period.

To be eligible for the Undergraduate Student Educator program, students will be at least a sophomore at the time of training and will have taken "History of Western Art, Architecture, and Design" and "Introduction to Modern Art, Architecture, and Design," or equivalent. All majors are welcome, but preference will be given to art history majors and minors.