Student Opportunities

Special COVID-19 Update

The Program has worked with the Museum Studies Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museums and the New York City Museum Educator’s Roundtable to survey museums about remote internship opportunities. See the spreadsheet of opportunities here. It updates each time someone submits a survey.

Graduate School

The Krieger School’s Advanced Academic Programs offers an online MA in museum studies for professionals in the field.

The Smithsonian maintains a directory of undergraduate and graduate programs in museum studies and related fields, organized by state and country.

Internships and Research

  • Paid Internships: ARIAH Careers in Art History Internships

    Posted: September 22, 2020

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    Call for Applications

    Deadline for applications: Friday, October 16, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST
    Contact details: Submit any queries to ariahinternships@gmail.com

    Undergraduate students and recent graduates, from all backgrounds, who wish to gain professional experience working in art museums and art history research centers are invited to apply for a paid professional development internship. No prior museum experience is required to apply. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about curatorial practice, collections management, art conservation, oral history, public relations, and archival practices, as well as research and publications. The internships will provide a broad overview of professional opportunities and skills that are useful not only in the field of art history, but also transferable to other pursuits.

    If you are an undergraduate student currently enrolled at an educational institution in the USA or Canada (or currently on pause from your enrolled coursework), or if you recently graduated and are interested in learning more about how museums work, we encourage you to apply. Applicants enrolled or recently graduated (within one year) from the following institutions may apply: two-year colleges; four-year colleges/universities; professional, technical, vocational, and trade schools; advanced degree programs; and other educational institutions offering qualifying degrees or certificates.

    Scope of the award

    Up to twenty awards will be made and interns will work together in groups. Each internship will last for four weeks, with daily Zoom sessions of one to two hours, which will introduce participants to a variety of museum practices and career paths. There will be additional time for group discussion and independent work, culminating in a different project each week. Each week, interns will be hosted by a different institution. All interns will be assigned a mentor for the duration of their internship. At the end of the program, a career development and résumé-writing workshop will be provided, and all interns will make a brief presentation on a project they completed.

    Interns will receive a stipend of $1,300 (USD).

    The internships will be offered this year from November 9 to December 11 (with a weeklong break at Thanksgiving).

    Application process

    Applications must be submitted online and include a résumé detailing educational background and work/volunteer experience; and contact information for one reference who will be contacted for shortlisted candidates. References should be able to speak to the applicant’s academic abilities and interests.

    Applications can be submitted online here.

    Further details about the internship can be found here.

    About the Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH)

    ARIAH is a consortium of 28 museums and research centers based in North America. ARIAH’s goal is to promote scholarship in art history and related disciplines, and to foster exchange among scholars, curators, and art historians from different parts of the world.

    The following ARIAH institutions are participating in the Careers in Art History Internships: Archives of American ArtCanadian Centre for ArchitectureCenter for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of ArtClark Art InstituteThe Frick Art Reference Library, part of the Frick Collectionthe Metropolitan Museum of ArtWinterthur Museum, Garden, and Library; and the Yale Center for British Art

  • Paid Internship: Two Digitization Internships Available (NPS) – Deadline: 10 Sep. 2020

    Posted: August 20, 2020

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    The National Park Service (NPS) History Collection has two full-time, paid
    internships available. Each internship lasts 1200 hours (c. 7.5 months).

    Location: NPS History Collection, Harpers Ferry Center, Charles Town, WV

    Salary: $15.00/hour

    Benefits: Paid federal holidays off. Interns also earn 4 hours of paid
    leave per 80 hours worked (60 hours over the course of a 1200-hour
    internship) to be used as sick leave or vacation pay. Healthcare and other
    benefits are not provided.

    Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Full time (40 hours per
    week).

    Impacts due to Covid-19: Social distancing and wearing of face masks in
    common areas is required within the facility. All safety protocols must be
    followed. Due to the pandemic, interns may need to telework locally for one
    or more days per week on a recurring basis. Scheduled telework days may
    vary from week to week given approved building occupancy levels and to
    accommodate other programmatic needs. Therefore flexibility is a must. In
    the event of a complete building shutdown for safety reasons, interns will
    be expected to telework for longer periods. Computer hardware and software
    are provided for telework situations but interns must have their own access
    to the internet at their residences. Telework only applies to entering
    metadata for the digital files. All scanning work and handling of original
    materials must be done within the museum collection facility. As such,
    initial efforts will focus primarily on scanning, to provide flexibility
    and work during telework periods. Interns must relocate to the Charles
    Town, WV area for this position.

    Job Summary: Incumbent will safely handle archival materials to digitize
    the NPS Wild Life Photo Card File, a series within the NPS History
    Photograph Collection. Digitize photograph cards to FADGI 3-star standards,
    following written procedures for use of scanning equipment. Create archival
    master, preservation master, and use copies for each scanned photograph
    card. Embed metadata in each digital file, consistent with the NPS History
    Collection metadata practices and data dictionary. Routinely back up work
    to prevent losses. Experience using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge,
    Teracopy, and ICMS/Re:Discovery software programs is beneficial but
    training will be provided as needed. All computer hardware and software
    needed to accomplish this project will be provided.

    This project was made possible by a donation from the Family of George
    Meléndez Wright in honor of his legacy.

    Qualifications: Student or recent graduate in Archives Management, Library
    and Information Science, or Museum Studies. Applicants must be enrolled
    students or have graduated within the past 12 months. Attention to detail
    is a must, as is the ability to retain focus while working at computers for
    extended periods of time. Applicants must have the ability to present oral
    and written information in a clear and concise manner.

    Other Requirements: The internship is paid through the National Center for
    Preservation Education (NCPE). Direct deposit of paycheck is required. A
    valid driver’s license is required for this position. US citizenship is
    required. Successful candidates must pass the National Park Service’s
    background security investigation process. This process must be started at
    least one month before anticipated start date and internship cannot start
    without this clearance.

    Other information: Housing is not provided but may be found in the local
    area. Own transportation required as no public transport is available.

    Application Procedures: Applicants should submit a letter of interest,
    current resume, list of references (with telephone and email contact
    information for each reference) and unofficial copy of college transcripts.
    All application materials should be sent via email to Nancy_Russell@nps.gov and
    must be received by midnight on September 10, 2020.

    EEO Statements: The National Park Service is an Equal Opportunity
    Employer. Selection for this position will be made solely on the basis of
    merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color,
    creed, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, non
    disqualifying handicap conditions, or any other non-merit factors.

  • Voices Lifted: Oral History Intern – Reginald F. Lewis Museum (PAID)

    Posted: July 23, 2020

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    The Reginald F. Lewis Museum has received a grant from IMLS to conduct a three-year-long oral history project. Titled Voice Lifted: The Story of the African American Experience in Maryland, it will document the stories of Black Marylanders from past to present. They are looking for two oral history interns to help them cultivate these histories.

    This is a part-time (20 hours a week) paid internship. Please see this link for more information regarding the internship and the application process.