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Southern California Museums
» Los Angeles County Museum of ArtPayment Status: Contact Company
LACMA offers many internships, including the following:
Collections Management Internship
Major Donor Events Internship
Data Management Internship
Museum Service Council (MSC) Internship
Corporate Development Internship
Registrar & Collection Information Internships
» Norton Simon MuseumPayment Status: Contact Company
Responsibilities include but are not limited to: assist with educational programming including Thursday Summer Fun and Family Programming; assist in development of art activities for existing and future education programs; research curriculum related projects; develop project related to applicant’s area of expertise; assist in day-to-day departmental operations; conduct collections-based research as related to departmental needs.
» San Diego Museum of ArtPayment Status: Contact Company
The Museum offers opportunities for students to gain school credit through internships. Internships are generally unpaid positions and vary in length depending on the needs of the Museum. As an intern you will have the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the Museum. Internships are available in many different departments, including marketing, finance, curatorial affairs, and education.
» The Getty CenterPayment Status: Contact Company
The Getty offers graduate internships as well as multicultural undergraduate internships at the Getty Center. In addition, the Getty supports multicultural internships at Los Angeles area museums and visual arts organizations.
Out of State Museums to Research:
» Guggenheim Museum, New York
Museum of Modern Art, (MoMA)Payment Status: Contact Company
Contact Name: Jennifer Yee
Contact Phone: (212) 360-4287
The Seasonal Internship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students and beginning professionals with practical experience in a specific area of museum work at The Museum of Modern Art. In addition to departmental work, each Tuesday interns participate in professional development activities designed to increase understanding of the Museum's various collections, exhibitions, and departments. The Museum hosts approximately 40 interns per season in just about every department. Participants may arrange for academic credit through their school, but it is certainly not a requirement. These are unpaid internships with the exception of the one Carole Kismaric Mikolaycak Internship in Publications, which is offered during the spring program.
Full-time, 12-Month internships with stipends are offered for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a museum career. The focused departmental training is integrated with the fall, spring, and summer lecture series and complemented with financial provisions for the interns to attend an international art event related to their field of interest. 12-Month internships provide training in specific museum fields through close work with a professional staff member, familiarity with modern and contemporary art through seminars and discussions, and an educational program that exposes interns to the workings of the Museum as a whole and considers the role of museums in the broader cultural context. 12-Month interns will also be given the opportunity to develop and regularly deliver public gallery talks about the Museum's collection.
The application process is closed for the 2012–13 12-Month Internship Program. The site will be updated with information on the 2013–14 12-Month Internship Program in March 2013. Please do not apply for the 2013–14 12-Month Internship Program until the specific internships are posted.
» Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA)Payment Status: Contact Company
Contact Name: Emily Eirich
Contact Phone: (312) 397-3822
The Museum of Contemporary Art internship program welcomes students and recent graduates who wish to broaden their education and professional experience by working and learning in a not-for-proﬁt museum. All MCA departments offer experiential education in a challenging, hands-on environment in exchange for a substantive contribution from talented and interested individuals.
The MCA, in its 220,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, presents its renowned collection and an ambitious schedule of cutting-edge exhibitions as well as educational and outreach programs. MCA interns have the unique opportunity to participate in the development and expansion of these programs and operations.
There are three application deadlines and selection periods per year. Internships require a minimum commitment of sixteen hours per week for three months, during which time interns complete a speciﬁc target project as well as daily assignments. Interns also participate in departmental meetings, special events, and various educational programs, as well as attend staff lectures.
In order to increase diversity in professions related to museums and the arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art seeks diversity in its intern staff and provides equal opportunity to its applicants.
» Museum of Modern Art, New YorkPayment Status: Contact Company
Contact Name: Larissa Bailiff
Contact Phone: (212) 408-8440
Seasonal Internships: The Seasonal Internship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students and beginning professionals with practical experience in a specific area of museum work at The Museum of Modern Art.
12-Month Internships: Full-time, 12-Month internships with stipends are offered for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a museum career.
» Museum of Science, Boston (MoS)Payment Status: Contact Company
Interns work throughout the Museum on a wide variety of projects and tasks including everything from science education to behind-the-scenes work. An internship at the Museum of Science is an excellent way to gain a hands-on, work-learn experience in a specific area of interest or field of study. Their internship program offers internships for one of three trimesters: fall, spring, and summer.
» Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (PMoA)Payment Status: Contact Company
The Museum Studies Internship Program is an unpaid volunteer internship opportunity that exposes interns to the inner workings of a major metropolitan museum, promoting an awareness of careers in the field through experiences not available in most academic settings. The Museum selects a diverse group of talented undergraduate and graduate students from a highly competitive, international pool of candidates.
» Smithsonian Institute, Washington DCPayment Status: Contact Company
Smithsonian interns obtain practical experience and carry out projects that help them to develop personally and professionally, learning from Smithsonian leaders, scientists, curators and staff who are experts in their fields.
The Smithsonian offers a range of internship opportunities, listed at http://www.si.edu/ofg/internopp.htm
» The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Payment Status: Contact Company
The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums. Based upon their academic training and interests, as well as the availability of projects, interns work in one of the Metropolitan's departments—curatorial, education, conservation, administration, or library. Most projects require a strong knowledge of art history. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
» The Phillips CollectionPayment Status: Contact Company
They have an updated list of current openings constantly and are thrilled to work with interns or people that want to start a career with them
» The Walters Art Museum, BaltimorePayment Status: Contact Company
The Walters Art Museum is pleased to offer opportunities for qualified candidates to intern in various museum divisions throughout the year. Based on a system of supervised learning, the internships enable interns to understand how a museum operates and how to relate this experience to academic and professional goals.
Internships are scheduled during the workweek only (Monday through Friday) and require a 10 to 15 hour flexible commitment per week.
» Unites States Holocaust Memorial MuseumPayment Status: Contact Company
The Museum's internship program provides an environment for qualified candidates to learn about the Holocaust and about Museum operations. Included are hands-on projects and opportunities to work with Holocaust scholars and Museum professionals to learn about their roles, responsibilities, and backgrounds.