Internships for art history majors

Find internship opportunities in art museums, art galleries, historic houses, auction houses and art festivals.

The Career Development Center (CDC) introduces you to internship search strategies, walks you through the Lynk-UAF application process and connects you to internship databases and MHConnect-curated internship opportunities.

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Graduate School and Careers  Museum Internships

Students are encouraged to explore internship possibilities with their art history advisor. Summer opportunities generally require planning well in advance. Fall semester is not too early to begin exploring summer options.

Many of these opportunities are highly competitive, so apply for a number of different internships and choose a range from the extremely coveted (those at major museums in large cities) to those further afield (those at smaller scale museums in diverse locales).

Internship search resources

  • The annual August issue of Art in America, available in the reading room of Williston Library, contains a thorough list of museums, nonprofit spaces, commercial galleries and university galleries.
  • Mount Holyoke’s Intern Network allows you to search interns and researchers by field, major, location and organization.
  • Idealist has an incredible range of paid and unpaid internships that extend well beyond the arts.
  • New England Museum Association has compiled a list of paid and unpaid internships for New England museums.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has a mix of paid and unpaid opportunities that are largely based in New York City, but it also includes listings across the state and in other parts of the country.
  • Students and alumnae who studied this major or are working in the industry can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school.  Use the MHC Intern Network to connect with MHC students and recent alumnae who have held internships. Search by major, location, position, or employer.

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship 

This unique program provides specialized training in the curatorial field at one of its five partner museums. Please see the departmentawards page for more details.

Art magazines

  • Apollo is an international art magazine based in London.  
  • Art in America explores contemporary art and offers editorial internships in New York City. 
  • Juxtapoz covers underground and contemporary art. Based out of San Francisco, Juxtapoz offers a variety of unpaid internships seasonally. 

Auction houses

  • Bonhams is one of the oldest auctioneers of antiques and fine arts. Highly competitive unpaid internships are available at diverse locations. 
  • Christie’s offers unpaid, highly competitive internships in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Interns are placed in business and specialist departments. 
  • Dreweatts and Bloomsbury specializes in antiquarian books, contemporary art, Asian art and European ceramics. Three month internships take place in a variety of departments. Please note that Dreweatts and Bloomsbury is based in the U.K., with one additional office in Rome. 
  • Sotheby’s offers a highly competitive paid internship program in business and specialist departments. The program runs for eight weeks and is only open to college juniors.

Museum Internships

American Museum Internships

Below is a partial list of additional internships identified by the Department of Art History. Students should reach out directly to these institutions for more information. 

Alabama

  • Birmingham Museum of Art is a medium-sized museum with strong collections of Native American and African art. Paid and unpaid opportunities are available seasonally. Internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students. Though based in a specific department, interns are exposed to all areas of the museum. Summer internships run from May to July. 
  • Carnegie Visual Arts Center is an interdisciplinary art institution in Decatur. 
  • Huntsville Museum of Art is a small museum in northern Alabama that houses regional art as well as modern American art. 
  • Mobile Museum of Art is known for its collection of 19th-century landscapes.  
  • Tuscaloosa Museum of Art is a small museum with an excellent collection of decorative art. 

Alaska

  • Anchorage Museum documents history, science and art. It is particularly well-known for its indigenous Alaskan artifacts. 

Arizona

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA Tucson) exhibits contemporary art and offers movement classes.  
  • Phoenix Art Museum is a large museum known for its collection of Latin American and Western American art. Unpaid internships are offered seasonally to undergraduate and graduate students. The summer internship runs from June to August and interns are expected to complete 160 hours of work.
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) mixes contemporary art, literature, film and dance. Unpaid internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of departments.
  • Tucson Museum of Art offers curatorial internships, as well as education and marketing.

Arkansas

  • Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock focuses on art and education. The center contains a gallery housing photographs, prints and drawings, a children’s theater and a studio school. 
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a new museum located in Bentonville. Contact a department to inquire about paid and unpaid internships.
  • Fort Smith Regional Art Museum shows regional contemporary art.  
  • South Arkansas Arts Center houses three galleries, several dance studios, and offers studio art workshops to the local community. It also runs the El Dorado Film Festival. 

California

  • The Getty Foundation is located in Los Angeles, funded by the Getty Trust, and strives to increase museum education and art conservation. The foundation’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program targets students typically underrepresented in the art industry and selects 15 to 20 applicants. Since it is a paid internship of $4,000, it is not eligible for the Lynk initiative. An applicant must be an enrolled undergraduate, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, reside in Los Angeles County and be Pacific Islander, Latina, Native American, Asian or African-American. 
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is known for its encyclopedic collection. Interns must complete 240 hours over the course of 14 weeks. Applicants must be juniors, seniors or recent college graduates. Though unpaid, LACMA grants academic credit for the internship. 
  • Norton Simon Museum is a small museum in Pasadena with an excellent collection of European tapestries from the 14th – 16th centuries. Unpaid internships are available in various departments throughout the academic year. 
  • Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College is a well-respected college art museum in Claremont known for its excellent selection of Japanese prints and photographs. Paid internships are offered.
  • San Diego Museum of Art houses a strong collection of Spanish art and offers unpaid internships to college seniors in many departments. 
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) offers highly competitive paid and unpaid internships. 
  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center (MAH) is a nonprofit institution that focuses on how art impacts the community. The work environment is fast-paced and requires self-motivation. Internship applicants are accepted on a rolling basis. This is an unpaid internship.

Colorado

Connecticut

  • Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield does not have a permanent collection. Internship opportunities vary each year and are unpaid. 
  • Bruce Museum is a science and art museum in Greenwich with an excellent collection of works by the Cos Cob school. Internships are available in the natural sciences, collections management, education, environmental education and development departments, as well as marketing and communications. 
  • Florence Griswold Museum, located in Old Lyme in the former home of Florence Griswold, is known for its collection of impressionist art. 
  • Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London offers internships in curatorial, education and visitor services departments.
  • New Britain Museum of American Art is a small museum that focuses on American art. Unpaid summer internships run from June to August and vary from year to year.
  • Slater Memorial Museum of Norwich Free Academy offers internships in collections management and archives.
  • Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, located in Hartford, is known for its strong collection of decorative arts, impressionist paintings and Hudson River school landscapes. Applicants should have completed two years of undergraduate coursework. This is an unpaid opportunity. 
  • Yale University Art Gallery is a distinguished college art museum in New Haven.

Delaware

  • Delaware Art Museum is known for its collection of Pre-Raphaelite art and 19th-century American art. Unpaid internships are offered seasonally for undergraduate and graduate students.  
  • The Delaware Contemporary is a small non-collecting museum in Wilmington that offers unpaid internships in a variety of departments. 
  • Hagley Museum and Library is a nonprofit institution in Wilmington documenting the history of American business and technology. Unpaid internships are offered seasonally.

Florida

  • Bass Museum of Art is a contemporary art museum in Miami.
  • Boca Raton Museum of Art is a medium-sized museum with a strong collection of Pre-Columbian art.  
  • The Dali Museum is located in St. Petersburg and showcases the genius of Salvador Dali with works on paper, paintings, videos and photographs. Unpaid internships are offered in many departments. 
  • The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota has an impressive old master collection and offers paid and unpaid internships.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami collects contemporary art and offers unpaid internships in a variety of departments. 
  • Norton Museum of Art is a small museum in West Palm Beach with strong collections of Chinese art and American art from the 20th century. A summer internship is available to recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree in art history. The paid internship runs from June to July and takes place in multiple departments. 
  • Tampa Museum of Art is a small museum that exhibits modern and contemporary art. 

Georgia

  • Albany Museum of Art is a medium-sized museum with a permanent collection of American and African art. 
  • ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art offers internships on a project basis, arranged according to the skill set an individual applicant wants to strengthen. Intern tasks could include social media coordination, drafting and editing curatorial copy, fundraising, event planning, photography or graphic design.
  • High Museum of Art in Atlanta is a leading institution in the Southeast. The High is known for supporting Southern artists and its excellent collection of African art, 19th- and 20th-century American art and decorative art. If selected, interns must find their own housing and means of transportation. This is an eight-week unpaid opportunity. Applicants must be rising juniors, seniors or graduating seniors. 
  • Madison Museum of Fine Art is a small museum offering unpaid summer internships to enrolled undergraduates. 
  • Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is a small museum with a focus on art and education. Unpaid internships are offered year-round.

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

  • The Art Institute of Chicago is the second largest museum in the United States, housing over 300,000 works of art. A variety of highly competitive internships are available. 
  • DuSable Museum of African-American History, a Smithsonian affiliate, collects and displays objects that promote African-American culture. All internships are unpaid and are posted seasonally. 
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is a nonprofit institution preserving the vision of Frank Lloyd Wright. Unpaid internships take place at one of four sites: the Robie house in Chicago, Wright’s Oak Park home and studio, the ShopWright merchandise center in Bellwood, Illinois, and the Rookery in Chicago.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA Chicago) is a large institution that exhibits postwar visual culture. A variety of highly competitive internships are offered throughout the year.

Indiana

Iowa

  • Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is known for its collection of 20th-century American art. 
  • Des Moines Art Center is a small museum that offers unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • Figge Art Museum, located in Davenport, is known for its collection of Midwestern and Haitian art. The museum offers unpaid internships seasonally.

Kansas

  • Deines Cultural Center is a nonprofit art institution in Russell that offers unpaid summer internships. 
  • Lawrence Arts Center is a multidisciplinary art center. 
  • Salina Art Center is a nonprofit showcasing regional and local artists. Internships are available in the development, curatorial, marketing, education and management departments. 
  • Spencer Museum of Art is the college art museum for the University of Kansas. Unpaid internships are offered seasonally. 
  • Wichita Art Museum is a small museum with a strong collection of American art.

Kentucky

  • Headley-Whitney Museum is a small museum in Lexington with an excellent collection of handcrafted jewelry. 
  • Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) is a small contemporary art museum located in Louisville's historic downtown that exhibits decorative arts and crafts. Unpaid internships are available in the curatorial, communications, marketing, development, education and collections management departments. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduates or recent college graduates. 
  • Speed Art Museum in Louisville is a medium-sized museum with a strong collection of modern American art and sculpture. Unpaid internships are available in a variety of departments. 
  • Yeiser Art Center is a nonprofit arts institution in Paducah. Unpaid internships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students. Interns assist with exhibition installation, marketing campaigns and interpreting exhibitions.

Louisiana

  • Alexandria Museum of Art is a small museum with a strong collection of 20th- and 21st-century Southern art, specifically artists from Louisiana. 
  • New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is known for its strong collection of American and French art. Unpaid internships are available in the interpretation, administration, development and curatorial departments. 
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art contains a strong collection of Southern art. Unpaid internships are offered in the education and development departments.

Maine

  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is a small nonprofit located in Rockport. 
  • Farnsworth Art Museum is a small museum in Rockland with an excellent collection of American art focusing on Maine as its subject matter. The museum offers unpaid internships in the following departments: administration, curatorial and development. 
  • Ogunquit Museum of American Art is a small museum with a strong collection of American art. 
  • Portland Museum of Art has a strong collection of European and American art. Special attention is also given to artists and artwork relating to the state of Maine. All internships are unpaid. 
  • Rufus Porter Museum is a museum in Bridgton dedicated to the painter Rufus Porter. The museum offers two paid 12-week summer internships.

Maryland

  • Baltimore Museum of Art is known for its collection of modern sculpture, contemporary sculpture and African art. Unpaid internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates. 
  • Glenstone, located in Potomac, exhibits postwar art and architecture. 
  • Walters Art Museum, located in Baltimore, is known for its collection of 19th-century French paintings. Unpaid and paid internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students. 

Massachusetts

  • Mount Holyoke College Art Museum: Mount Holyoke College’s wonderful museum contains prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture from antiquity to the present. The Art Museum offers paid positions as gallery receptionists and interns throughout the academic year and summer. Please refer to the Student Employment Office for job opportunities and contact the Art Museum directly about internships.
  • American Textile History Museum in Lowell is an affiliate of the Smithsonian. The museum explores American history with a concentration on the science, art and history of textiles. Unpaid internships are posted throughout the academic year.
  • Chesterwood is a historic site in Stockbridge, the former summer home of sculptor Daniel Chester French. Internships are offered, some awarding a stipend of $2,000.
  • Clark Art Institute in Williamstown is a public museum as well as an institute for higher research. It offers the Lunder Internship Program.
  • DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln exhibits contemporary sculpture and offers unpaid internships. 
  • Gallery 263, located in Cambridge, has internships across the broad spectrum of running a commercial art gallery. 
  • Historic Deerfield is an 18th-century village located in western Massachusetts. Summer Fellowsprovide tours and conduct research for Historic Deerfield. Applicants must be juniors or seniors. This paid program runs nine weeks over the summer. 
  • Institute of Contemporary Art Boston offers educational seminars for interns and gives them free admission to special events at the ICA. The unpaid summer internship runs from May to August. 
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a medium-sized museum in Boston with an excellent collection crafted by Isabella Stewart Gardner. The museum offers unpaid internships seasonally. 
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is filled with personal papers and documents of John F. Kennedy, along with the Ernest Hemingway collection. Highly competitive internships are offered seasonally. Interns are provided with a stipend. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or aliens who have a Social Security number. 
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Berkshire Hills Internship Program (B-HIP) is an intensive arts management internship program that combines hands-on work experience with classes taught by arts management faculty.
  • Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) is devoted to contemporary performing art and visual art. Internships are offered in various departments. Interns are supplied with free housing and a weekly stipend.
  • MIT Museum is a highly regarded university art museum that offers unpaid internships to undergraduates, graduate students and recent college graduates. Internships are available in the collections, exhibitions, visitor studies and architecture and design departments.
  • Museum of Fine Arts Boston has an encyclopedic collection. The MFA Boston offers unpaid internships seasonally. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduates and have completed their freshman year. 
  • Norman Rockwell Museum, located in Stockbridge, is dedicated to its namesake artist and to American illustration. 
  • Old Sturbridge Village showcases early American village history and offers internships in a variety of departments, with some including stipends.
  • Peabody Essex Museum, situated in historic Salem, is a large museum with a noted collection of Asian art. Unpaid internships are offered seasonally. 
  • Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, a Pioneer Valley historic house, offers internships related to programming.
  • Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell is the former home, now museum, of the artist James McNeill Whistler. Unpaid internships consist of clerical work, assisting with events and archiving prints.
  • Worcester Art Museum is an encyclopedic museum in Worcester. The museum offers unpaid internships in a variety of departments.

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

  • Mississippi Museum of Art is a medium-sized museum in Jackson. Unpaid internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students in the collections management, education, exhibitions and marketing departments.

Missouri

  • Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis offers 15 internships per year across various museum departments.
  • Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is a small museum in Kansas City with a strong collection of modern and contemporary art. Unpaid internships last for three months and are available in the administration, curatorial, development, education, marketing and registration departments. 
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City is an encyclopedic museum known for its excellent collection of Asian art. Unpaid internships are available in a variety of departments. 
  • Saint Louis Art Museum is a large urban museum with a well-established internship program. 

Montana

  • C.M. Russell Museum is located in Great Falls and shows American Western art. A paid 10-week internship in museum management is offered to college juniors and seniors. 
  • Holter Museum of Art is a small museum in Helena that exhibits contemporary art. 
  • Missoula Art Museum is a medium-sized museum known for its collection of Native American art. 
  • Yellowstone Art Museum is a medium-sized museum in Billings that shows contemporary art.  

Nebraska

  • Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is a thriving artists collective in Omaha. 
  • Joslyn Art Museum, located in Omaha, is the fine arts museum for the state of Nebraska. The museum is known for its collection of 19th- and 20th-century art and offers unpaid internships in a variety of departments. 

Nevada

New Hampshire

  • Currier Museum of Art, a small museum located in Manchester, celebrates American and European art.  
  • Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth is an impressive 10-acre living museum with archaeology, decorative arts and architecture of the 18th century. 

New Jersey

  • African Art Museum of the Society of African Missions is located in Tenafly. 
  • Montclair Art Museum is a medium-sized museum with a strong collection of Native American art. 
  • The Museum of Russian Art is located in Jersey City. 
  • Newark Museum offers an active internship at the largest museum in New Jersey. 
  • Princeton University Art Museum is a leading university art museum offering paid summer internships for eight to 10 students. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduate or graduate students. Internships are available in the curatorial, development, education, marketing, publishing and retail operations departments. Interns are placed according to the needs of the department. Interns also participate in weekly lunch discussions with museum staff.
  • The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains is a museum dedicated to the craftsman Gustav Stickley. One unpaid summer internship is offered in the education department. 

New Mexico

  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe is a museum that celebrates Georgia O’Keeffe and American modernism and offers several internship opportunities, including the O’Keeffe Art and Leadership Internship. Interns serve as mentors to adolescent boys and girls interested in the arts. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduates and are strongly advised to have a vehicle. The paid internship lasts 10 weeks. 
  • SITE Santa Fe is a contemporary art space with biennial exhibitions. Unpaid internships are offered.

New York

  • Albany Institute of History and Art is a regional art museum that houses an excellent selection of Hudson River school paintings. Internships are offered in a variety of departments.  
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, located in Buffalo, has an excellent collection of modern and contemporary art. Unpaid summer internships are available in diverse departments and run from June to August.  
  • American Folk Art Museum in New York City offers highly competitive unpaid internships. 
  • Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts seeks to support and advance the field of visual arts. The foundation, located in New York City, offers a summer internship to document the public sales of Warhol works over the course of the foundation’s previous fiscal year. The internship lasts 10 to 12 weeks. Applicants must possess excellent research and writing skills, be organized, fluent in Microsoft Office, good-humored and able to work independently. 
  • Artnet, located in New York City, is an online source for the international art market, providing price databases and a network of galleries and auction houses.  
  • Artsy is an online organization based in New York City that promotes art education and art collection. It offers highly competitive paid internships. 
  • Asian American Arts Centre in New York City is devoted to Asian art. Unpaid internships are available in the archive, collections management, development, education and graphics departments. College credit is available for internships. 
  • Asia Society is a global educational institution that promotes Asian culture. Paid and unpaid internships in New York City are available in various departments. 
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts is a small museum dedicated to bringing art into the Bronx community. It offers the Public Programs Internship. The intern helps with outwork, event coordination, marketing and research. Applicants for this unpaid internship must be interested in contemporary art, have excellent writing and verbal skills and be comfortable in a fast-paced work environment.  
  • Brooklyn Museum is a large museum known for its collections of Japanese and Egyptian art. A mix of paid and unpaid internships are offered in a variety of departments. 
  • Center for Photography at Woodstock is a nonprofit photography institution in upstate New York. The center offers unpaid internships seasonally. 
  • The China Institute, located in New York City, serves to promote a deeper understanding of China through art, culture, education and business. All internships are unpaid. 
  • Cooper-Hewitt is a design museum in New York City affiliated with the Smithsonian. Unpaid internships are offered seasonally. 
  • Corning Museum of Glass offers internships in museum studies, education, communications, information technology and conservation. The museum is located in Corning.
  • Creative Time, located in New York City, creates and commissions public art projects. Internship applicants should be self-directed, enthusiastic, and have solid writing skills. 
  • DIA Art Foundation offers internships at their world-renowned contemporary art facility DIA:Beacon, and sometimes at the foundation offices in New York City. 
  • The Drawing Center, situated in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan, showcases historical and contemporary drawings. Unpaid internships are offered. 
  • Edward Hopper House, located in Nyack, invites college and graduate level students to apply for internships. Interns should be studying art history, fine arts, history, arts administration, museum studies or marketing. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Everson Museum of Art is a museum in Syracuse with a strong collection of American art. Unpaid summer internships are available in the education, development and curatorial departments. 
  • The Frick Collection in Manhattan is one of America’s premier house museums.
  • George Eastman Museum in Rochester offers internships during the summer, including a moving image department internship and a photography department internship.
  • Heckscher Museum of Art is located in Huntington, on Long Island.  
  • International Center of Photography is a New York City institution devoted to the education and cultural appreciation of photography. Unpaid internships are offered to enrolled students and recent graduates. 
  • The Jewish Museum in New York City is devoted to Jewish art and culture. Highly competitive unpaid internships are available for undergraduates and graduate students in a variety of departments.  
  • Memorial Art Gallery, at the University of Rochester, has internships that vary from year to year. 
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art is an encyclopedic museum in New York City. The Metropolitan offers highly competitive paid and unpaid internships, including:
  • Studio Museum Harlem in New York City offers paid internships in a number of departments.
  • The Morgan Library and Museum is a New York City institution is known for its incredible collection of prints and drawings. The Morgan offers unpaid internships for undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica offers summer internships for high school, undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • El Museo del Barrio is a museum in Manhattan’s East Harlem neighborhood that explores Latino, Caribbean and Latin American cultures. Unpaid internships are offered. 
  • Museum of the City of New York celebrates the art and culture of New York City. Unpaid internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of departments. 
  • Museum of Modern Art in New York City offers highly competitive unpaid seasonal and 12-month internships at the Manhattan museum site and at MoMA PS1 in Queens. Applicants must have completed at least two years of undergraduate coursework and be available three days a week. Other internship opportunities vary seasonally.
  • Neue Galerie specializes in German and Austrian art from the early 20th century and is located in Manhattan. There are no specific departmental internships. Instead, interns are given insight into all aspects of running a museum. This is an unpaid internship, but a monthly in-city MetroCard is provided. 
  • New Museum in New York City is a contemporary art museum that offers highly competitive unpaid internships in the education, development, curatorial, external affairs, registrar, exhibition management, information systems, special events and retail departments. Applicants must be 18 years or older and willing to work two days a week, seven hours per day. 
  • Olana State Historic Site in Hudson is the former home and studio of eminent Hudson River school painter Frederic Edwin Church and welcomes volunteers and interns. 
  • Rubin Museum of Art is a New York City museum dedicated to the art of the Himalayas, with a focus on Tibetan art. The museum offers unpaid summer internships in a range of departments. The summer internship session runs from mid-May to early August. Interns receive free access to New York City museums, discounts at Serai and free admission to special events.  
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is a legendary New York City museum with an excellent collection of modern and contemporary art. The Guggenheim primarily offers unpaid internships for a period of three months.  
  • Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre site with 100 sculptures, located in the village of Cornwall, about one hour north of New York City. 
  • Studio Museum Harlem, in New York City, offers paid internships in a number of departments.
  • Thomas Cole National Historic Site is the former home of Thomas Cole, now a museum in the Catskills. Paid internships are offered year-round for undergraduate and graduate students. An internship runs from three to six months and may also be eligible for academic credit. Interns assist with day-to-day operations, collections management, interpretation and visitor services. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 
  • Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City focuses on American art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Whitney offers highly competitive unpaid summer internships which last nine weeks. Applicants must be college juniors, seniors or recent graduates. Interns are provided with MetroCards, free admission to New York City museums and a discount at the Whitney store. 

North Carolina

  • Ackland Art Museum is the art museum of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Unpaid internships are available to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • Asheville Art Museum is a medium-sized museum with a strong collection of American art. Unpaid internships are offered in the development, curatorial, communications and visitor services departments. 
  • The Mint Museum, located in Charlotte, is a medium-sized museum housing a strong collection of decorative art. Unpaid internships are available in the communications, collections and exhibitions, graphic design and curatorial departments. 
  • North Carolina Museum of Art is a medium-sized museum located in Raleigh. Internship applicants must be rising college juniors and seniors or recent college graduates. Department eligibility varies each year. All internships are unpaid. 
  • Reynolda House Museum of American Art is a distinctive house museum located in Winston-Salem. This internship is in the education department.
  • Weatherspoon Art Museum is the art museum of University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Unpaid internships are open to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.

North Dakota

Ohio

  • Akron Art Museum is a small museum housing American and international art. Unpaid summer internships are offered in the curatorial and education departments. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduates. 
  • Cincinnati Art Museum is an outstanding urban museum. Internships are offered.
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art is known for its collections of Egyptian and Asian art. Paid and unpaid internships are available for undergraduates and graduates. Intern placement varies each year. The summer session runs from June to July. 
  • Columbus Museum of Art offers a wide variety of internship opportunities. 
  • Contemporary Arts Center, located in Cincinnati, is a non-collecting art institution that shows contemporary art. Unpaid internships are available in the curatorial, design, development and education departments. 
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland offers a well-organized program of internships.
  • Toledo Museum of Art is a medium-sized museum with a strong collection of glass art, American art and European art. The museum offers paid and unpaid internships seasonally. 

Oklahoma

  • Gilcrease Museum, located in Tulsa, has a strong collection of art of the American West. The Gilcrease has internships for graduating seniors and beyond. 
  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art has a strong collection of American art and glass sculpture. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduates, recent graduates or graduate students. Unpaid internships are available in the curatorial, education and film departments. 

Oregon

Pennsylvania

  • Allentown Art Museum is located in eastern Pennsylvania. Internships cover key areas of the museum’s operations. 
  • The Andy Warhol Museum is located in Warhol’s hometown of Pittsburgh and strives to continue the legacy of the pop artist. Unpaid internships are available in the registrar, reproduction and curatorial departments. Applicants must have a GPA above 3.25 and have completed one year of undergraduate coursework. 
  • The Barnes Foundation is a museum located in downtown Philadelphia.
  • Brandywine River Museum of Art, located in Chadds Ford, is an American art museum with internships in collections, curatorial, education, research and digital imaging departments. 
  • The Institute of Contemporary Art is a part of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. All departments of the museum offer internships. 
  • Mattress Factory Art Museum is a contemporary art museum in Pittsburgh containing room installations designed by various artists. All internships are unpaid. 
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has an outstanding collection of American art in downtown Philadelphia. 
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the United States, known for its excellent collection of European and American paintings, drawings, decorative objects and prints. The Museum Studies Internship Program intern works in a museum department and participates in the museum studies colloquium. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduates, have a GPA of 3.0 or better and have completed sophomore year. This is an unpaid internship which runs from June to August. 

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

  • Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is the anthropology museum of Brown University. The museum offers unpaid summer internships to undergraduate and graduate students. Interns tend to work in the education, public relations, conservation or collections management departments. A modest stipend is provided and interns can also receive academic credit. 
  • Newport Art Museum is a medium-sized museum with an excellent collection of 19th-century American art. Unpaid internships are offered in the development, curatorial, marketing research, communications, education, administration, retail sales and finance departments. 
  • The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum, located in Providence, offers paid summer internships. These 10-week internships are designed for students with limited museum experience. Interns engage in weekly seminars and participate in public functions as well as behind-the-scenes operations. 
  • Warwick Center for the Arts is a nonprofit art institution offering unpaid summer internships. The summer session runs from June to August.

South Carolina

  • Columbia Museum of Art is a medium-sized museum with a strong collection of Renaissance and Baroque art. Unpaid internships are available in the  education, social media, development and digital imaging departments and in the museum shop. 
  • Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston offers internships in the education, curatorial and programming departments. 

South Dakota

  • South Dakota Museum of Art is a medium-sized museum with a collection of American and Native American art. Located in Brookings, the museum offers unpaid summer internships.

Tennessee

Texas

  • Ballroom Marfa is a nonprofit visual arts institution situated in western Texas. Internship opportunities are posted at various times throughout the year. All internships are unpaid. 
  • Dallas Museum of Art is a large museum with an extensive collection and strong education program. Four internship positions are available for the Summer Art Camp. All positions are unpaid. 
  • Houston Center for Photography is a nonprofit photography gallery. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduates and interested in the visual arts. Unpaid internships are offered in the publications, education, marketing and administration departments. 
  • Kimbell Art Museum, located in Fort Worth, is a small institution known for its collection of impressionist art. Unpaid internships are offered. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduates concentrating in art history, art studio or museum studies. Five applicants are selected each year. 
  • The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth offers internships opportunities in various departments.
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is an encyclopedic museum which offers paid summer internships. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduates or recently graduated. 
  • Rothko Chapel is a spiritual, contemplative environment that showcases canvases created by Mark Rothko. Internship opportunities are posted at various times throughout the year. Summer internships run from June to August and are unpaid. 
  • San Antonio Museum of Art has a strong collection of Latin American art and Asian art. All internships are unpaid.  

Utah

  • Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is located in Salt Lake City. 
  • Springville Museum of Art has strong collections of Russian art and art by Utah artists. Unpaid internships are available in the education, communications and curatorial departments. The summer session runs from May to August.
  • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City offers unpaid internships in the curatorial, development, communications, education, preparatory and visitor services departments. The summer session runs from late May to early August.

Vermont

  • Bennington Museum has an excellent collection of art from Vermont, New York and Massachusetts.  
  • Brattleboro Museum and Art Center is a non-collecting education center. A summer internship is available in the operations department. 
  • Chaffee Art Center in Rutland offers a gallery assistant internship. The intern engages in general office duties and hanging and deconstruction of exhibitions. 
  • Fleming Museum of Art is the University of Vermont’s museum in Burlington. It houses a strong collection of European art and art from ancient Egypt. 
  • Main Street Museum is located in White River Junction. 
  • Museum of the Creative Process in Manchester Village combines psychology and art. 
  • Shelburne Museum has a strong collection of folk art, decorative and American art. Unpaid internships are offered. 
  • Southern Vermont Arts Center is an art complex in Manchester with an education center, house galleries and a museum. 
  • St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is a small art gallery housing Hudson River school drawings and 18th-century European art. 

Virginia

  • Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk has an encyclopedic collection.
  • Colonial Williamsburg is an entire colonial town with diverse collections in fine arts, decorative arts and American history. 
  • Fralin Museum of Art is the art museum of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  
  • Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is the Australian Aboriginal art collection of the University of Virginia. Unpaid internships are offered seasonally. 
  • Taubman Museum of Art is a medium-sized museum in Roanoke with a strong collection of American art. Unpaid internships are offered in the education, curatorial, marketing, communications and special events departments. Interns engage in weekly discussions with museum staff and cultural field trips to other art institutions. 
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is located in Richmond and features an encyclopedic collection. Unpaid internships are offered in the curatorial, collections management, development, art reference, education, marketing and communications departments. The summer session runs from late May to early August. Applicants must have completed their sophomore year prior to the internship start date.

Washington

  • Bellevue Arts Museum focuses on changing exhibitions related to art, craft and design. It has an array of internship opportunities.
  • Seattle Art Museum consists of the main facility (known as the Seattle Art Museum), the Seattle Asian Art Museum and Olympic Sculpture Park. Unpaid internships are available in the curatorial, education and public programs, libraries and communications departments. Applicants must be enrolled undergraduates who have completed one year of college. Interns may earn academic credit. 

Washington, D.C.

  • The Center for Hellenic Studies is devoted to the scholarly pursuit of the Hellenic civilization. 
    • The Summer Internship in Washington, D.C. is a paid internship in the publications department. The intern assists staff with online systems as well as proofreading, using HTML, editing book platforms and converting Microsoft Word documents. Applicants with a knowledge of ancient Greek are preferred. 
    • The Curatorial Development and Programs Intern assists with seminars and CHS digital archives. Applicants must be enrolled sophomores or juniors. 
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art is known for its superb collection of American art. Unpaid summer internships run from June to August. Applicants should be juniors, seniors or recent graduates. 
  • The Library of Congress is the largest library and the oldest institution in the United States. 
    • Unpaid preservation internships are offered to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. 
    • The Junior Fellows Program offers a paid internship that runs for 10 weeks. Junior fellows engage in cataloging, inventory and digital preservation. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that supports education and preservation of the humanities. All internships are unpaid. 
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts is a museum devoted to performance art, literary art and visual art created by women, and offers both paid and unpaid internships
    • The Coca-Cola Endowed Internship runs 12 weeks and is paid. The internship is open to students with a 3.25 GPA who have completed sophomore year, recently graduated or are graduate students. 
    • The Elizabeth Stafford Hutchinson Endowed Internship (ESHEI) runs 12 weeks and is paid. Applicants must be from Texas, have completed their sophomore year and have at least a 3.25 GPA. In rare circumstances, students from outside Texas may be selected, regardless of residency. 
  • The Smithsonian is a coalition of 19 museums in the United States. Each museum has specific application requirements. 

Wisconsin

  • John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a nonprofit interdisciplinary art institution that offers internships seasonally. Interns work 10 to 40 hours a week. 
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) is known for its collection of 20th- and 21st-century art. Unpaid summer internships are offered in various departments. If selected, interns must work during Art Fair on the Square. 
  • Milwaukee Art Museum is a small museum with an excellent collection of Haitian, folk and American decorative arts. All internships are unpaid. 
    • The marketing and communications intern interviews, researches, coordinates media previews, files media requests and assists with overall communications. Applicants must be available 15 hours per week. 
    • The human resources intern assists with administration policies, operations and procedures. Applicants must have completed two years of undergraduate coursework, have good writing skills and be fluent in Microsoft Excel and SurveyMonkey. The internship lasts six weeks.

Wyoming

  • Nicolaysen Art Museum, located in Casper, is a small museum that collects contemporary art from the Rocky Mountain region. 
  • Whitney Western Art Museum is a small Smithsonian-affiliated museum located within the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody. The museum focuses on Western art from the 19th century to the present.

International Museum Internships

In addition to the Career Development Center (CDC), the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives is a key resource for international internships. Please check with the MHC International Internship Program (MHC-IIP), which offers competitive MHConnect internships in 20 countries around the world.

Internships identified by the Department of Art History

Below is a partial list of additional internships identified by the Department of Art History. Students should reach out directly to these institutions for more information. 

Argentina

  • Fundación PROA is an art center in Buenos Aires that celebrates 20th and 21st-century art.

Armenia

Australia

Bermuda

Canada

Chile

China

Croatia

Czech Republic

  • Museum of European Art, located in Liberec, is a medium-sized museum with a strong collection of 18th- and 19th-century Dutch paintings and 20th-century Czech art.

Egypt

  • The Egyptian Museum, located in Cairo, contains the greatest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. 

Fiji

Finland

  • The Finnish National Gallery in Helsinki consists of three museums: Sinebrychoff Art Museum (14th- to 19th-century international art), Ateneum Art Museum (international art and Finnish art from the 19th and 20th centuries) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (contemporary art). 

France

  • Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art (LaM) offers internships. Applicants must be fluent in French. 

  • Matisse Museum is devoted to Matisse and located in Nice, where the artist lived and worked from 1918 – 1954. To intern at the museum, applicants must be fluent in French and permitted to work in France. 

  • Musee Condé, a museum in Chantilly, has an excellent collection of Italian and French old master paintings. The museum is located within the Chateau de Chantilly. Sponsored by the McCulloch Center, this internship requires advanced French language skills.

  • Musee Toulouse-Lautrec is located in Albi. Interns must be fluent in French and permitted to work in France.

  • Palais Beaux-Arts Lille is a large museum with a strong collection of European art from the 17th to 19th centuries. Applicants must be fluent in French and permitted to work in France. 

Germany

  • KW Institute for Contemporary Art is located in Berlin and does not have a permanent collection. The Institute pioneered the Berlin Biennale. 

  • Peres Projects is a contemporary art gallery in Berlin.  

  • Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is a coalition of the following Berlin museums: Altes Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Ethnologisches Museum, Bode-Museum, Gemäldiegalerie, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Friederichswerdersche Kirche, Pergamonmuseum, Schloss Köpenick, Neues Museum, Neue Nationalgalerie, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Museum für Fotografie, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Museum Berggruen, Kupferstichkabinett and Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.

    • The Study-related “Orientation” Internship is an unpaid internship lasting six to eight weeks. Applicants must contact one of the museums about departmental needs. Interns must have completed the first year of undergraduate coursework and be fluent in German. 

    • The Museum Studies Internship is a 13-week unpaid internship in museology. Two applicants are selected and placed at one of the museums. 

Greece

  • Acropolis Museum is a large museum located in Athens encompassing the slopes of the Acropolis and the Temple of Athena Nike. 

Hong Kong

  • Asia Art Archive researches contemporary Asian art. Unpaid internships are available in the editorial, communications, development, programs, research and library/collection departments. The summer internship session runs from June to August and requires a commitment of at least two months.  
  • Hong Kong Museum of Art is a large museum housing excellent collections of Chinese antiquities and art from Hong Kong.

Iceland

  • Reykjavik Art Museum is a large museum with a strong collection of sculpture. The three distinct buildings regularly exhibit works by three of the most famous Icelandic artists; Erró, Kjarval and Ásmundur Sveinsson, as well as other contemporary artists.

  • Reykjavik Museum of Photography is part of a group of museums in the city.

India

  • National Museum of India is a large museum in New Delhi containing strong collections of Buddhist art and Indian textiles.

Iran

Ireland

  • National Gallery of Ireland is a museum in Dublin that houses European and Irish art. Internships are targeted for recent graduates, though rising seniors and students abroad in Ireland are recommended to apply. Internships are available in the education, conservation, curatorial and archives departments. 

Israel

  • Haifa Museum of Art has an eclectic collection but is known for its exhibition of contemporary Israeli artists. 

  • Israel Museum is the national museum of Israel, located in Jerusalem. It houses Israeli and European art, as well as the Shrine of the Book. 

  • Rubin Museum, located in Tel Aviv, is dedicated to Reuven Rubin. 

  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a large museum with strong collections of Israeli, modern and contemporary art. 

Italy

  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection is located in Venice. Internships are available for one to three months. The program is designed to integrate students into the city and gain greater knowledge of modern art as well as insight into museum operations. Since this is a paid internship with a monthly stipend, it is not eligible for The Lynk initiative. A highly competitive and prestigious program, only rising juniors and seniors should apply. Please note that advanced knowledge of Italian is essential.

Japan

Jordan

Liechtenstein

  • Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, located in Vaduz, is a large museum containing modern and contemporary art. Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein is known for holding the estate of Andre Thomkins. 

Malaysia

  • Asiarta Foundation is a nonprofit that documents Southeast Asian art, particularly works from Vietnam. Unpaid internships last three to 15 months and are available in the conservation, publishing, development, research, translation and design departments. 

Mexico

  • Museo Amparo is a medium-sized museum located in the capital of Puebla. It has a strong collection of pre-Columbian art.

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

  • NasjonalMuseet, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo holds an excellent collection of works by Edvard Munch, architectural drawings of Norway and installation art. 

Peru

  • Museo Larco is a large museum in Lima that exhibits works from ancient Peru. 

Philippines

  • Ayala Museum in Manila has a strong collection of ceramics and archaeological artifacts. 

  • Metropolitan Museum of Manila is a large museum that houses Philippine art from the pre-colonial to the contemporary.

Portugal

Russia

Serbia

Singapore

  • National Heritage Board is an organization that places students who are Singapore citizens into one of the many art and culture museums in the city. 

South Korea

Spain

  • Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a relatively recent addition to the venerable Guggenheim network and features an iconic building by Frank Gehry.

Switzerland

  • Kunstmuseum Basel is a large museum that contains a strong collection of European art from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, as well as constructivist art.

Taiwan

  • Chi Mei Museum, located in Tainan City, contains a strong collection of weaponry and Western art. 

Turkey

  • Istanbul Modern is a large museum of contemporary art that exhibits Turkish artists.

  • Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul is a medium-sized museum with an excellent collection of calligraphic art and early Turkish painting.

United Kingdom

  • Bowes Museum houses a strong collection of decorative and European art in Barnard Castle, Teesdale.  

  • Dulwich Picture Gallery offers a wide array of internships in a museum 15 minutes south of London. 

  • National Galleries of Scotland offers a centralized site for internships across Scottish art museums.

  • The Tate is a British institution with a collection of international contemporary and modern art. The following museums make up the Tate: Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate Modern and Tate St. Ives. Applicants must be able to work in the U.K. and have completed one year of undergraduate coursework. 

  • The Victoria and Albert Museum, also known as the V&A, is an art and design museum located in London. Paid internships are available in a variety of departments and last one to six months. Applicants must be able to work in the U.K. and be at least 18 years of age. 

  • Vindolanda Excavations at Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland allows for firsthand excavation experience at a national heritage site.