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

  • Nan Pinkard-Aurelia Bolton Internship

    Posted: February 17, 2021

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    Nan Pinkard–Aurelia Bolton Internship

    Homewood Museum / March 26, 2021 Deadline

    Established in honor of Anne Merrick Pinkard by lead gifts from Aurelia Garland Bolton and Hershel L. Seder, and support from the France-Merrick Foundation. This internship celebrates the lifelong friendship of these two women, and their shared devotion to Homewood Museum.

    THE PROGRAM

    The Pinkard-Bolton Internship Program provides Johns Hopkins undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain significant understanding of the museum profession through work at Homewood Museum, the 1801 residence of Charles and Harriet Carroll and several enslaved families and individuals. A National Historic Landmark, Homewood is the namesake and architectural inspiration for the Homewood campus. One intern is selected annually to receive a stipend of $1,500 (100 hours/8 weeks). Exact dates and schedule will be determined by the museum staff and the intern. Internship timeframe is generally from late June through early August.

    SUMMER 2021 PROJECT                                                   

    For summer 2021, the Pinkard-Bolton intern will conduct primary and secondary source research on the museum’s historic privy. Starting in spring 2021, the privy will undergo a one-year interior restoration, following its 2012 exterior renovation. The renovation will culminate in adding the privy to the guest experience at Homewood Museum. Currently, the privy is closed to visitors.  Student research will be incorporated into new interpretive signage, tour content, and educational programming related to this 1801 outbuilding. PLEASE NOTE: This internship may be run either virtually or in-person depending on current JHU policies regarding COVID-19.

    ELIGIBILITY

    All candidates must be enrolled as undergraduate students at Johns Hopkins and must have some relevant coursework in at least one of the following: American art, American architecture, American history, anthropology, material culture, education, Museums & Society Program. Graduating seniors are not eligible the summer after their senior year. This internship is not eligible for academic credit. Information on Homewood Museum may be found online at http://museums.jhu.edu

    TO APPLY

    Selection is competitive. Applicants should submit a résumé or curriculum vitae; a letter of application describing interests and relevant experience; and a letter of recommendation from a professor or mentor. All materials must be emailed to Barbara St. Ours, Museum Coordinator, at bstours1@jhu.edu no later than 5 p.m., March 26, 2021.  

    QUESTIONS: Interested Johns Hopkins undergraduate students are welcome to contact Barbara St. Ours at bstours1@jhu.edu.

  • ARIAH Careers in Art History Internships (Paid)

    Posted: February 17, 2021

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    Deadline for applications: Friday, February 26, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. EST

    Undergraduate students and recent graduates from all backgrounds who wish to gain professional experience working in art museums and art history and conservation research centers are invited to apply for a paid professional development internship. No prior museum experience is required to apply. The program will take place entirely online.
     
    Participants will have the opportunity to learn about curatorial practice, collections management, art conservation, social media outreach, oral history, public relations, archival practices, research programs, and digital and print 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 museum studies, conservation, history, and architecture, with the aim of making these skills transferable to other pursuits as well.

    This program is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at an educational institution in the USA, Canada, or Mexico; students who are on pause from coursework while enrolled in an academic program; and recent graduate (within one year) based in the USA, Canada or Mexico. Students or recent graduates of 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 are eligible to apply.
     
    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 two hours each, 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 several creative, practical projects. 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 March 29 to April 30, 2021 (with a break the week of April 12).
     
    Application process
     
    Applications must be submitted online and include a résumé detailing educational background and work/volunteer experience (if any), as well as 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:
    https://forms.gle/9Nnu5wGTYxsoQCuF7 (Google account required)

    Further details about the internship can be found here:
    http://www.ariah.info/ARIAHINTERNSHIPS.html

    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 spring 2021 Careers in Art History Internship Program: Canadian Centre for ArchitectureCenter for Creative PhotographyClark Art InstituteThe Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical GardensThe Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Phillips CollectionSmithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery; and The Wolfsonian–Florida International University (FIU).

    Contact details
    Submit any queries to ariahinternships@gmail.com

  • Applications open for paid 2021 McDermott Internships at the Dallas Museum of Art

    Posted: February 17, 2021

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    The Dallas Museum of Art now has 2021-2022 McDermott Internships available for full-time, paid internships that provides those with undergraduate or graduate degrees in art, art history, art education, museum studies, and related fields the opportunity to explore a museum career. Nine internship positions are available, five within the Curatorial Department, three within Education, and one within Interpretation.

    Interns spend nine months working closely with staff in their areas and those across the Museum on a variety of exhibitions and programs. The Museum hopes to offer the internships through an in-person and/or hybrid format, depending upon the status of the pandemic. Interns are also provided opportunities for cultural enrichment outside the DMA when feasible, through local performances, museum visits, and collection tours, as well as the opportunity to request $500 toward qualified professional development.

    To apply, go to dma.org/internships. Complete details and descriptions of each position are listed within the applications there. For those using the Handshake system, we have created job postings for each position on that platform as well. Note that the application deadline is March 26, 2021.

  • Summer 2021 Special Events Internship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

    Posted: February 11, 2021

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    The Office of Special Events at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is currently accepting applications for their Summer 2021 internship!

    Additional information on the internship including qualifications, responsibilities, and learning objectives can be found here. Information on Special Events at the National Museum of American History can be found here.

    Step by step instructions on how to apply can be found here. Be sure to list Special Events as your project choice! Applications are due Monday, March 1st at 2:00 p.m.

  • Paid Internship: Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative

    Posted: January 28, 2021

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    The National Air and Space Museum is hosting one of twelve Because of Her Story interns at the Smithsonian this summer. A description of the project, as well as instructions on how to apply, are available at this link. Applications close February 28. 

    Experience in museums, history, science, or education is not necessary – just an interest in working with historic collections to connect to the present and create a more equitable future for women and gender minorities in STEM. 

    Prospective applicants can reach me out to Emily Margolis at MargolisE@si.edu with questions.  

  • Paid Internship: Mt. Cuba Center

    Posted: January 5, 2021

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    One Year Intern Program
    Come study at Mt. Cuba Center, a premier botanical garden that embraces ecological gardening and celebrates native plants. Gain hands-on experience in your specific internship area while working one-on-one with our professional staff. Participate in group projects, educational programming, plant identification classes, and trips to other local horticultural organizations. Each intern will complete a special project culminating in an in-house presentation of the results. The program runs from June 1, 2021 to May 18, 2022. Visit http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/internship-program/ for more information and to apply online.

    Guest Experience One Year Internship
    The Guest Experience Intern learns to create remarkable experiences at a public garden by assisting in the evaluation of on-site interpretation materials and the development and implementation of public programs throughout the year. The intern project involves the evaluation of our newly developed interpretive suite of products, such as signage, wayfinding, and interactive activities, all key elements of Mt. Cuba Center’s interpretive planning process. The intern’s evaluation tracks the efficacy of the products and leads to recommendations for improvement. In addition to their evaluation project, the intern participates in planning and executing Mt. Cuba’s seasonal events as well as coordinating programs with local partners. The intern also develops project management skills through cross-department collaboration and external communication skills in relaying key messages to the public. Qualifications include a familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, adaptability, organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to interact with the public.

    Qualifications
    The one year internship is designed for individuals with a degree in horticulture, forestry, ecology, environmental studies, associated plant fields, or museum studies who want to become professionals in public gardens. Through this internship, individuals with limited experience in the horticultural industry will also gain basic employment skills. Mt. Cuba Center, while very scenic, is remote and has no public transportation, walking, or bike lanes, so a car is highly recommended. [The use of Mt. Cuba Center’s vehicles for personal use is not permitted.]

    Compensation
    The internship pay is $11/hour for a 40-hour work week, medical benefits included. Interns will be responsible for providing their own housing.

    Application Process
    Please visit http://mtcubacenter.org/employment/internship-program/ to apply online. Application deadline is March 1, 2021. Please apply early because interviews will begin in January 2021, as applications are received, and will continue until positions are filled, possibly before the March 1 deadline. For more information, email internships@mtcubacenter.org or call 302-239-8886.
    Mt. Cuba Center is committed to inclusivity and encourages qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply.

  • Paid Internship: Maryland Center for History and Culture

    Posted: December 14, 2020

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    The Communications and Social Media Intern will support the Maryland Center for History and Culture’s social media outreach efforts, and other related communications tasks, within the Communications and Marketing Department. The intern will gain experience working in a nonprofit setting and sustaining a social media audience to support the museum, library, education programs, and public events at the MCHC— the oldest continuously operating cultural institution in Maryland. Other details about this position:

    • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this internship is currently a virtual opportunity.
    • Duration of internship: Winter/Spring 2021
    • Time commitment: 10 hours a week

    Responsibilities

    • Research, create, and post content to the MCHC’s social media platforms and execute strategies to increase the MCHC’s effectiveness in the digital arena.
    • Monitor social media accounts and key word feeds for post/response opportunities.
    • Assist with tracking social media analytics.
    • Help write content and compile images for the MCHC’s monthly e-newsletter.
    • Create and maintain online calendar listings of the MCHC’s programs and events.
    • Update the press list and maintain the press clip files.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Skills

    • Degree or working toward a degree in communications, digital media, marketing, journalism, public relations, English, or a related field.
      • Enthusiastic about social media. Comfortable using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
      • Excellent research and writing skills. Graphic design skills a plus.
      • Keen attention to detail when proofreading, copyediting, and fact checking.
      • Prior communications, marketing, and writing experience a plus.
      • Professional demeanor and good organizational and communication skills.
      • Ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks within identified timeframes.
      • Ability to ask for help and accept supervision and evaluation of work.
      • Ability to work from home using your own computer and Internet access.

    Benefits

    • $1500 stipend for 15 weeks (150 hours) of work.
      • Complimentary MCHC membership, including free library and museum admission.
      • Opportunities to strengthen resume and portfolio.

    To Apply

    Please email your resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to Jennifer Michael, jmichael@mdhistory.org, Director of Communications & Marketing.

    Deadline: Ongoing until filled

  • 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.