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

  • Baltimore Museum of Art: American Paintings & Sculpture and Decorative Arts Curatorial Internship

    Posted: April 28, 2021

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    The BMA American Paintings & Sculpture and Decorative Arts department is seeking an Intern to assist with researching and writing labels for our upcoming re-installation of the American modernism galleries opening March 2022. The goal of this reinstallation is to re-center the canon of American modernism (1900-c.1945) to feature works by underrepresented artists” and to highlight the contributions of immigrant, migrant, and Native artists.

    DEADLINE: May 2, 2021

    Responsibilities

    ● Compile bibliographies

    ● Source books and archives for research

    ● Draft label copy for a number of works to be included in the re-installation

    Preferred Qualifications

    ● Strong organizational skills

    ● Writing/Communication skills

    ● Research experience, particularly with digital databases

    Proposed Schedule

    ● This position will primarily be virtual with some onsite activities (pending BMA policies and guidelines this Summer).

    ● Available work days are Monday-Friday.

    Apply

    Please download the Application Instructions to learn how to apply for this position. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact us at internships@artbma.org.

  • Communications and Media, Development and Events Internship

    Posted: April 26, 2021

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    Communications and Media, Development and Events Internship

    Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

    A Maryland Certified Heritage Area serving Carroll, Frederick, and Washington counties

    Application deadline: May 15, 2021

    Internship dates: Summer 2021 (start and end dates are flexible, but a late May or early June launch is desired)

    Compensation:  $11.75/hour for up to 330 hours (roughly 30 hours per week for eleven weeks)

    Hours: 30 hours/week during regular business hours, M-F (exact times TBD, some weeks may require a flexible schedule with possible evening or weekend – schedule to be determined with candidate)

    Location: HCWHA offices at 22 S. Market Street, Suite 215, Frederick, MD 21701 (with the possibility of some work-from-home time). In-office work requires compliance with COVID-19 safety measures as requested by our landlord (Federated Charities) and required by the State of Maryland.

    Position Description: The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area will offer a 2021 summer internship providing the opportunity to participate in projects and ongoing heritage area work related to communications and media (all types, including digital/social), development, and events.  The intern will contribute to several projects that may enhance their portfolio, such as an update to the heritage area brochure (both interpretive and promotional), press materials, guest blog posts, materials for annual fund solicitations, and annual meeting planning.  Help with projects at the historic Newcomer House, the Heart of the Civil War Visitor Center (near Sharpsburg, MD), may also be included.

    About the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (heartofthecivilwar.org): The mission of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area is to promote the stewardship of our historic, cultural, and natural Civil War resources; encourage superior visitor experiences; and stimulate tourism, economic prosperity, and educational development, thereby improving the quality of life in our community for the benefit of both residents and visitors.  

    HCWHA became certified as part of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program in July 2006. It is an independent nonprofit organization guided by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council comprised of representatives of local government units, state and national parks, private organizations and businesses, and individuals from all three counties in the Heritage Area.  HCWHA employs an Executive Director and Assistant Director, both full-time.

    Qualifications:

    Undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students are invited to apply.  We are particularly interested in public history students, or students pursuing communications/marketing with an interest in nonprofits, history and/or the arts. Academic programs related to tourism are also relevant. 

    Ability to produce clear and accurate written content, knowledge of basic administrative programs (i.e. Microsoft Office suite and G-suite)

    Strong organizational skills and accuracy, attention to detail and ability to multitask.

    Enthusiasm for history relevance and knowledge of local, particularly Civil War, history is a plus.

    Additional considerations:  Students will provide their own housing.  Access to a car is not required but could be helpful (mileage will be reimbursed). At-home work may require students to use personal laptops, but at-home work is not a given.

    To apply: submit your one-page resume and cover letter to emily@heartofthecivilwar.org.  Include specifics about experience with public history, media-related software, digital programs, and video creation.

  • Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowship

    Posted: March 10, 2021

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    The Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowship Program supports undergraduate and graduate students from any school that want to conduct archival research on the rich history of Johns Hopkins University. Fellows will perform in-depth research at the Hamburger University Archives, the Peabody Archives at the Friedheim Library, or the Chesney Medical Archives. Applications for the program are due May 1, 2021.

    An award of $3,500 is given to each recipient, which is intended to be used as a cost-of-living stipend but can also be used towards research expenses. Each recipient will work closely with a faculty mentor, an archivist mentor, and the Hopkins Retrospective Program Manager to be sure their project is on track and will produce a deliverable. Past projects have focused on specific themes in Hopkins history like activism, Jewish life on campus, abortion access in Baltimore City, but also on individuals who have influenced Hopkins’ history like pathologist, Arnold Rich and psychiatrist, Adolf Meyer. Special consideration is given to projects that explore the history of diversity and (in)equity, or that propose a final product rooted in digital humanities.

    Fellowship recipients will notified during the week of May 14, 2021. Their research can begin over the summer and continue into the academic year as they are expected to present their findings at a public program in April 2022 and finish their deliverable by May 2022. You can read more application details on our website – https://bit.ly/hawkinsfellowship

  • 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: 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.