The benefits of a career in art and photography

And how an internship abroad can help you achieve your career goals!

Art and photography are incredibly competitive industries that offer exciting career paths. Though getting your start in art and photography careers can be a challenge, once you’ve got the ball rolling, it’s completely worth it. Learn why this career field has such high job satisfaction and see if it may be right for you:

6 benefits of art and photography careers:


1. You can be creative

One of the greatest benefits of working in art and photography is the opportunity to use your creativity on a daily basis. It’s an important part of the work and makes the career field rewarding day after day. You are constantly exploring new and innovative ways to express yourself artistically.


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2. You get to see the world in a different way

Artists and photographers are able to share their interpretation of the world through their work. Their job is to communicate what they witness and feel through this different perspective to the public. Developing this altered worldview and learning how to share it is an important part of a visual artist’s work.


3. You get to follow your passion

When you follow your passion, your work doesn’t feel so much like work. You’re doing it because you love it. You may not become rich following a career in art and photography, but if it’s something you absolutely love, the work itself will fulfil you in a way nothing else can.


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4. You work with creative and visual people

Artists and photographers tend to see the world a little differently. It’s wonderful to be part of a community of people who can understand your vision and art form and support you in that. Along with working together, artists also enjoy exciting social lives, networking at galleries and putting on shows together through artist collectives. It’s an incredibly rewarding and colorful network to be a part of.

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” —Pablo Picasso


5. Your work lasts forever

The great thing about creating art is that the work, once complete, has a life of its own and a legacy beyond the artists. Think of all of the art that we appreciate now that gives us clues to daily life from centuries past. It has a sense of immortality.


6. An interesting and varied career

Many professionals in art and photography careers work as freelancers, which means their work changes frequently and they are able to take on different types of projects. Similarly, freelancers benefit from managing their own schedule, working from home and even working while traveling or living abroad. An interesting lifestyle is definitely a huge perk of working in the competitive fields of art and photography.


Why intern abroad?

Internships in art and photography are an amazing way to develop professional skills and kick-start your career. The competitive industry requires lots of experience and it always helps to have professional connections within the field. International experience will also boost a young artist or photographer’s creativity, as they’ll learn to see the world in new and different ways. The Intern Group offers art and photography internships in cosmopolitan cities like Melbourne, New York City, Medellín (Colombia), Madrid, London and Hong Kong.


Apply now to boost your art and photography career!




Photo 1. based on Photographer, by Tom Chapman, CC-by-ND 2.0

Photo 2. based on Art Gallery, by RC Designer, CC-by-2.0

Photo 3. based on Fotografía – Photography, by Marta Diarra, CC-by-2.0


The International Internships Blog is a collaboration by The Intern Group staff, alumni and current participants to give you career advice & tips, program information, & so much more!

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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.

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  1. Bhushan Chavan on January 5, 2018 at 4:25 am

    Great article!! i used to think that photography is only limited to weddings, events and movies but after reading this article i have cleared all my doubts and i am ready to convert my hobby into full-fledged career.Thank you for this article.Keep up the good work.

  2. nisha gupta on February 12, 2018 at 9:52 am

    I have read this blog and found in very informative. I’m in a search of relevant information from long time but didn’t found, thanks for posting this.

    • Gabrielle Trasatti on February 15, 2018 at 8:36 pm

      Hi Nisha, we’re so glad to hear that! Thanks for your feedback.

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