For the second year the College of Fine Arts took part in a universitywide initiative to have summer interns in Washington, D.C.  Christina Fontenelle, an undergraduate student studying painting, and Molly Briggs, an undergraduate student studying acting/theatre management, were chosen to represent the College of Fine Arts and Illinois State University at the Smithsonian’s Office of Exhibits Central and The Studio Theatre, respectively.

Fontenelle spent much of her time this summer fabricating vitrines for a traveling exhibit as part of Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street. Briggs worked with the coordinator of education at The Studio Theatre preparing for and working with the participants within their summer programs.

The College of Fine Arts provides significant support to the students who participate in the form of group housing where all Illinois State University interns live together. The interns also receive a small living stipend and a tuition waiver for their internship class.

Additionally they participate in a myriad of extra activities including a Washington Nationals’ baseball game, guest speakers, visits from Illinois State University faculty and staff, tours of our nation’s capital, as well as alumni functions.

Fontenelle and Briggs had the pleasure to attend an alumni dinner with College of Fine Arts alumni Daniel DuBravec ‘83 and Melissa Green ’02. The college plans to host an annual alumni event in conjunction with the Washington, D.C., internship program. If you were not able to attend this summer, please consider attending in the future. If you are aware of a promising D.C. internship of which we should be aware, please contact Janet Tulley,, with more information.


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