University Students

Connect with the Carlos. The Carlos Museum provides opportunities for students to connect with collections, exhibitions, and each other. 


Student Events

The Carlos Museum hosts monthly drop-in art-making sessions called Student Studio, in the Tate Room on the Plaza Level of the museum. Drop by, take a break, and view and make art!

Internship Opportunities

Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Michael C. Carlos Museum offers paid summer internships for Emory University undergraduate and graduate students. Students are paid a stipend of $5,000 for 300 hours during the summer or throughout the academic year. The start and end dates for each internship will be mutually decided upon by the intern and supervisor. 

The Daniel Schulz Internship provides support for student work at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The internship is open to students at any college or university, with a preference given to students who have traditionally been underrepresented in museums. Larry J. Schulz, Ph.D., and Barbara K. Schulz established the Daniel Schulz Internship endowment in memory of their son, Daniel Schulz. Students are paid a stipend of $5,000 for 300 hours during the summer or throughout the academic year. The start and end dates for each internship will be mutually decided upon by the intern and supervisor. The Schulz internship has been filled for 2024.

The Carlos Museum also offers unpaid internships, often for credit, and other opportunities for Emory students interested in working and learning in a museum environment. For more information about internships, contact Katie Ericson, at or 404-727-2363.  


Work-Study Opportunities

The Carlos Museum offers a wide variety of work-study opportunities across the Museum's departments. To learn more about available student work-study positions at the Carlos, contact Lisa Fields, senior business manager, at

Student Work

As part of coursework, internships, and fellowships, Emory students’ work at the museum ranges from assisting in conservation treatments, the creation of in-gallery learning materials such as SmARTy Packs, and research on the collection. Here are a few examples of student work.

Connect through Coursework

From entire courses developed around the collections to one-time visits on a specialized topic, students can connect with the museum by enrolling in classes taught by museum curators, conservators, and faculty in a variety of departments and disciplines. The courses listed below are examples of how courses across the university utilize the museum's collections. 

Islamic pottery

Islamic Arts in the Mediterranean World

Designed to complement the spring exhibit Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place  at the Carlos Museum, this course focuses on the formative period of medieval Islamic art from the 6th through the 13th centuries.


Coffin of Tanakhtnettahat

Ancient Egyptian Religion at the Carlos Museum

The great majority of ancient Egyptian objects in museum collections were made and/or used for religious purposes. This course explores ancient Egyptian relations to gods, spirits, and the dead through objects in the Michael C. Carlos Museum. 


Conservator uses a paintbrush to treat a piece of art
ARTHIST 387/592

Issues in the Conservation of Art and Cultural Property

Students will explore the principle issues surrounding the care and preservation of art and cultural property, considering materials, deterioration, object history, and treatment.


Mummy portrait
ARTHIST 388/592

Technical Art History—Examining Materials and Technique

Through technical investigation of museum objects, students will explore material choice, working process, authenticity, provenance, and restoration history. 


Coin with Athena

Power and Politics in Miniature: Roman Coins and Gems

Coins, cameos, and intaglios reflect a diverse array of imagery. This course examines Roman imperial coins and gems and the rich microcosm of ancient artistic production they represent.  


Makonde vessel
ENVS 190

Water in Crisis

Our supply of fresh water, critical to our survival and the ecosystems that sustain us, is in crisis. This course visits the Carlos Museum to explore objects related to the scarcity and excess of water in cultures across time and around the globe and the ways in which water shapes social structure and religious ritual.  


Slave attends couple
HIST 241-2/ANCMED 202R-2

Facing the Slave in Classical Antiquity and the Modern Museum

The white marble statues and busts that typically fill galleries of Greek and Roman art, including those of the Carlos Museum, present a familiar idealizing vision of the classical past that is often also an idealizing vision of the West's cultural inheritance and contemporary identity. This course looks at the realities of slavery as represented in Greek and Roman art and literature. Students will also consider the ways in which ancient slavery has been presented by museums, using the Carlos as a case study.


Vishnu on the Cosmic Ocean

Hindu Gods and Goddesses

How are Hindu gods and goddesses described, experienced, and critiqued in South Asia? This course compares their representations in the context of local religious sites with their artistic representations in the museum's South Asian collection.


Islamic coffee set
MESAS 254/HIST 254

From Pearls to Petroleum: The History of Global Commodities, the Middle East, and the Islamic World

This second-year seminar explores the development of transregional economies and cultures through the study of four kinds of goods or commodities originating in the Middle East and the Indian Ocean region and radiating out of the broader Islamicate world. A special feature of this semester’s seminar is that it dovetails with Wondrous Worlds, a major exhibition of Islamic art hosted by the Carlos Museum.


Student Guides

Immerse yourself in exhibitions at the Carlos. Choose a special exhibition that intersects with your interests, learn about it, and share it with others.

Student Guides lead groups of university students, and adults through the galleries. Students must commit to serving as a guide for the duration of an exhibition and may choose to serve for multiple exhibitions during their time at Emory.  


Our next class of Student Guides will begin in spring 2023. Students must be able to commit to attending all training sessions and leading a minimum of four tours during the run of the exhibition.

If you would like to become a student guide or learn more about the program, please contact Alice Vogler at

Emory Student Membership

All Emory student members receive free admission to the museum, but student members receive additional benefits such as complimentary use of audio guides, free or discounted admission to museum events, a monthly e-newsletter, and a free one-year individual membership upon graduation (requires activation).

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