Internship Opportunities 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

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). 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 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.


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: Please follow this link if you are interested in Internships.  Please follow this link if you are interested in employment

Wisconsin State Historical Society: As you scroll down the page you’ll find information about paid jobs, volunteering opportunities, and internships”

Milwaukee Art Museum: Links to information about job, volunteer, and internship opportunities are listed on the left-hand side of the page.

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): There are career opportunities as well as volunteer and paid internships for individuals considering or pursuing careers in museum work.  If you are interested in internship opportunities please click here and if you are interested in employment opportunities please click here

Wisconsin Maritime Museum (Manitowoc, WI): this link provides information about volunteer opportunities in the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.  Summer internships are occasionally offered so please check the website in early spring, or call the museum directly to inquire about internship possibilities.

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, employment and volunteer opportunities.

Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN): often has internships available as well as volunteer and employment opportunities.

Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland, OH): various volunteer and internship opportunities available, please click here for more info on internships

The Dallas Museum of Art Internship program (Dallas, TX) : links for internships and employment are found on the left-hand side of the page.  There are usually several positions available which include stipends.

The Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, TX): various employment and internship opportunities available.  Some internships are paid.

McNay Art Museum (San Antonio, TX) : internships including the Semmes Foundation Internship in Museum Studies, and the Tobin Foundation Internship in Theatre Arts, as well as various other unpaid internship opportunities as well as volunteer and employment opportunities available.  Info can be found under the “Organizational Opportunities” dropdown menu on the left-hand side of the page.”

West Coast

Artist Resources Volunteer and Internship Listing (San Francisco): current, ongoing, and educational postings about art, artists, and diverse resources and opportunities from all over the country.

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: various employment, volunteer and internship opportunities are available. Please click the appropriate links to explore your interests.

National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson Hole, WY): paid and volunteer internships are available. Please click here to learn about internship opportunities, here  for volunteer opportunities, and here for employment opportunities.”

East Coast

Philadelphia Museum of Art: various employment, volunteering and internships available. Downloadable application available.

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): there may be internship opportunities, summer internship opportunities in particular, but there is no info currently listed on website, you may have to call to inquire.

Guggenheim Museum (New York City): offers a variety of academic year and summer internships for undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students who are studying in a variety of fields, some of which include: arts administration, art history, conservation, education, film and media studies, museum studies, and other related fields.  Various stipends, awards and fellowships also available.

The Jewish Museum Internship Program (New York City): the Jewish Museum offers fall, spring, and summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students, and beginning professionals.  Most internshps are unpaid and are available in a wide range of museum departments.  Time commitments are flexible and can range from as little as 14 hours to 35 hours per week depending on availability and the department’s needs.  Check out the website for more info.

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: there are open job positions as well as unpaid internships available in various departments for both undergraduate and graduate students.  Please visit the website for more information.

National Museum of Women in the Arts (New York City): There are many opportunities available in the NMWA.  Employment, volunteer as well as paid and unpaid internship opportunities exist.  Summer, fall, and spring internship opportunities are available with a range of time commitments to choose from.  Please visit the website for more information.

New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York City): various ongoing internships in various departments as well as volunteer opportunities.  Please visit website for complete details.

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: 10-week internship sessions are offered at all locations throughout the year, in several departments. These internships are open to all undergraduate, graduate and graduated students.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC): summer and academic-year internships

The Navy Museum: Open to registered students of high schools, colleges or universities and graduates thereof.

National Endowment for the Humanities (Washington, DC): Various internship and volunteer opportunities available at all times.  Please click on the Career Opportunities link here to see what internships are available right now.  NEH Internship program details here.

National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) : ongoing internships and various fellowship, employment and volunteer opportunities available.  Many opportunities for graduate students available as well!  Please explore the link as there is a lot of information to sift through.”

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 a plethora of internship opportunities 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): Valuable Fellowships and Internships are available for those undergraduate upperclassmen, graduate students, and recent graduates who are interested in beginning careers in arts management, arts education and/or for those interested in managing perorming arts institutions/organizations in the public/private sector.  For more details and all information about internships and fellowships, please visit the website!


The Peggy Guggenheim Collection Internship Program in Venice:Internship opportunities lasting one, two, or three months are available.  Please visit the website for full details on details about the program and how to apply.

Internships in Europe through the University of Rochester: This program sponsors semester-long study programs in London, Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Brussels, Edinburgh and Madrid that combine eight-credit internships with coursework throughout the semester!  Please visit the website for full details on internship fields and information about the program.