Internship Opportunites for Undergraduates

The Art History Office often receives notices for internships and other employment, which we post on the departmental "Jobs & Internships " bulletin board. The Elvehjem Museum also has postings, near the office of Curator of Education Anne Lambert (249 LVM). Ms. Lambert's office is an excellent resource for museum-related opportunities, and should definitely be included in your job search.
This page lists those programs which have information (and occasionally applications) available on the web. Important note: for the departmental policy on receiving credit for internships, please consult the appropriate section in the Undergraduate Handbook.

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General Sites

Go Global! UW-Madison Global Studies' international careers website. Offers information and links of a general nature, but art history majors should check out their in-person international internship advising service (see website for days and times of their drop-in hours.)
The Art Deadlines List is a monthly online newsletter listing deadlines for everything art-related, including internships, scholarships & grants. A free e-mail subscription is available.
ArtTable Mentored Internships: one-on-one mentored summer (10-week) internships with ArtTable members in four chapters (New York, Washington, D.C., Northern and Southern California); stipend of $3,000 (2002).
Aviso Employment Resources Online features listings from Aviso's renowned job bank for museum professionals (Aviso is the monthly newsletter of the American Association of Museums). This is a general link to its searchable database; for current opportunities, check the "Internships/Fellowships" box. is a searchable database of internships in many areas including the arts. Click on "Internships" under "Quick Links" and choose "Arts" for "Area of Focus."
InternAbroad: search by destination or internship type (includes Art History, Art/Fine Arts, Architecture, Museum Studies and many more)
Museum-L: the archives of MUSEUM-L@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM contain many internship postings
Museum Resource Board: contains an internship database in addition to a job board and resume board
Museum Employment Resource Center (MERC): internship and fellowship postings
PreserveNet: a thorough listing of internships and jobs in preservation, brought to you by PreserveNet, a database of internet resources and career opportunities for preservationists created by Cornell University in 1994.
Rising Star Internships: has links to internships in Art History and the Arts, current and ongoing


UW-Madison Student Job Center: search for internship and other opportunities (including work-study positions at the Elvehjem)
UW Press: recently quite a few Art History majors have done internships with the Outreach Director.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art: employment page with occasional internships (not expected to offer much before Overture Center Phase II construction is complete...)
Wisconsin State Historical Society: this page lists paid jobs, volunteering opportunities, and internships (currently only the archaeology internship is listed, but check for a cataloging internship in the future.)
Milwaukee Art Museum: general employment page which may post internships (recent ones include Bibliographical Assistant and Research Assistant.)
Milwaukee Public Museum Museum: general employment page with links to career opportunities as well as information on their ongoing, unpaid internships in various departments; internships vary in length from one month to one semester
John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI): career opportunites as well as voluntary and paid internships for individuals considering or pursuing careers in museum work.
Wisconsin Maritime Museum (Manitowoc, WI): summer internships (summer 2004 internships came with a $1,500 stipend and ran 8 weeks at 30 hours per week.)
The Art Institute of Chicago: internships offered throughout the year in many departments
Chicago Historical Society: ongoing internships available in many different areas
Minneapolis Institute of the Arts: ongoing internship opportunities
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN): often has internships available (to date, mostly volunteer.)
Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland, OH): ongoing, unpaid museum and library internships; variable availability but flexible scheduling
The Dallas Museum of Art Internship program (Dallas, TX) : several positions with stipend
The Kimbell Art Museum Marilyn Ingram Education Internship (Fort Worth, TX): paid ($10.00/hr) 9 month internship
The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum (San Antonio, TX): internships including the Semmes Foundation Internship in Museum Studies, and the Tobin Foundation Internship in Theatre Arts

West Coast

Artist Resources Volunteer and Internship Listing (San Francisco): current, ongoing, and educational postings mostly (but not all) in the Bay area.
J. Paul Getty Trust (Los Angeles): current internship opportunities. The Getty Grant program provides grants to 30+ visual arts organizations and museums in southern CA to hire undergraduate summer interns.
San Diego Museum of Art: ongoing internships
National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson Hole, WY): paid and volunteer internships in the Education Department, including the Roy A. Hunt Internship Program and the Jayne and Dick Johnston Family Foundation Education Internship (both summer programs).

East Coast

Philadelphia Museum of Art: information on their summer Museum Studies Internship Program; downloadable application
Antenna Audio USA (New York City): Antenna Audio is the leading producer of audio tours for museums, galleries and heritage sites worldwide, and often has summer internships. This program offers a unique opportunity to work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, working in collaboration with the museum's curatorial and education departments to create interpretative audio tours for the museum's collection.
Brooklyn Museum of Art: summer and 10-month internships (applications due March 31 each year.)
Christie's (New York City): internships and job opportunities
Dahesh Museum (New York City): summer internships (unpaid, though with stipend of an unlimited Metrocard.)
Guggenheim Museum (New York City): offers a variety of academic year and summer internships for upper-level undergraduates, recent graduates, and graduate students who are studying arts administration, art history, conservation, education, film and media studies, museum studies, and other related fields.
The Jewish Museum Internship Program (New York City): offers fall, spring and summer-long internships. Time commitments range from as little as 10 hours per week to virtually full-time, depending on the student's interests and department's needs. Internships are generally unpaid, but it may be possible to receive a transportation stipend and in some cases special funding is available.
Magnum Photos (New York City) : photography agency and co-op for many famous journalistic photographers.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City): ongoing internships, paid and volunteer. Includes a summer internship program at The Cloisters.
Museum of the City of New York: unpaid internships in various departments may be available; students must be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program to be eligible.
National Museum of Women in the Arts (New York City): three (fall, spring, summer) paid internships (full-time, 12-weeks, with a $1,500 stipend) as well as 10-12 month long unpaid internships.
New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York City): ongoing internships in various departments
Center for Photography at Woodstock (New York): ongoing internships
National Museum of the American Indian - George Gustav Heye Center in New York City; Cultural Resources Center (CRC) in Suitland, MD; and the administrative offices in Washington, DC: Four 10-week internship sessions are offered at all locations throughout the year, in several departments.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC): summer and academic-year internships
The Navy Museum: The Naval Historical Center offers internships to students who wish to have professional work experience in areas related to their educational programs and career goals. Curatorial, education, and design internships available throughout the year; small honoraria are possible.
National Endowment for the Humanities (Washington, DC): 10-week summer internships, stipends of $4,000 (2002). Also check the "Who We Are: Job Opportunities" page for other possible internships during the year.
National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) : current and ongoing internships in the Education Division, Conservation Division, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.
Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship (Washington, DC): the Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a joint program of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), permits an architectural historian to work on a 12-week HABS project during the summer.
Office of Fellowships and Grants - Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (Washington, DC): contains an embarrassment of internship opportunites in every area of the Smithsonian imaginable.
The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies: has still more opportunities, in education/outreach and publishing
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, DC): internships usually last for one semester and are either half-time or full-time positions, mostly unpaid (a limited number of paid internships are available, but are highly competitive.)
Vilar Institute for Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC): three-four month long, full-time, paid internships ($800/month)


The Peggy Guggenheim Collection Internship Program in Venice: internship for one to three months. Deadline for application is December 1 for the following year.
Internships in Europe through the University of Rochester: Internships in many fields in Bonn/Cologne, Brussels, London, Paris, and Madrid.