Intern with the Museum
The Museum offers internships for current undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates (within one year of graduation). High-school students may also be considered. Internships are available during the summer, spring, and fall semesters, as well as during the academic year.
While some financial awards may be available (see individual internship descriptions and description of the Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative below), most interns are volunteers. We are always happy to coordinate with academic programs as needed to ensure due credit is received by current students. Summer interns also participate in a robust professional development program, including field trips, Lunch + Learns, and more.
To apply, please send the following materials to Kristi McMillan, Adult Programs Manager via email or mail (PO Box 1717, Asheville, NC 28802):
- Internship application form. Click here to download the form.
- Letter of interest: A 1 – 2 page letter indicating why you are applying for an internship at the Asheville Art Museum, your specific interest in and/or skills related to the internship(s) for which you are applying, and what you hope to contribute during your internship
- Writing sample: A 3 – 5 page paper from a class related to the internship(s) for which you are applying
- References: Internship program reference forms from two professional, educational, or character references in support of your application. (These forms may also be submitted by the reference directly to the Museum.) Click here to download the form.
- Transcript(s): Official or unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended
- Current resume or CV (optional)
Priority application deadlines are March 1 (summer), July 1 (fall semester or academic year), and November 1 (spring semester). Applications received after these dates may be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Special thanks to our summer 2016 Communications Intern, Jason Perry, for co-producing this video about our internship program through the UNC Asheville Career Center!
Spring 2018 Internships
The priority application deadline for spring internships was November 1. Applications received after that date may be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The spring 2018 Curatorial Interns will work as a team to develop a short video on the history of Pack Square. The interns will interview historians and other experts, conduct research on the history of Pack Square, locate photographs and other imagery, and practice their skills in video production. The Museum hopes to make this video available to the public through its website and/or as part of its newly renovated space at 2 S. Pack Square in early 2019.
The ideal candidate will have prior experience with video production and multimedia storytelling (e.g. research, writing, storyboarding), and an interest in the history of Asheville and/or WNC. A commitment of at least three hours at the Museum each week is desired; additional hours for meetings, research, interviews, and video production may be needed.
Summer 2018 Internships
The priority application deadline for summer internships is March 1; applications received after that date may be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
In 2016, the Museum launched a major renovation and construction project that will radically transform the interiors of its North Wing (located in the historic Pack Library) and East Wing (in Pack Place). Lasting approximately 18-24 months, the project will culminate in a complete reconfiguration and reinstallation of the Museum’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century American art, as well as provide a revitalized backdrop for how the Museum interacts with its patrons and visitors. Read more about our construction project.
According to their skills and interests, interns may assist the Executive Director and Project Manager with organizing construction files, reviewing bid packages, liaising with the architect and general contractor, filing and reviewing financial documents, taking minutes at construction meetings, assuring that contractual obligations are met, helping to construct gallery models, assisting with exhibition layout, and designing signage. Interns should be current students or recent graduates in engineering, construction management, architecture, interior design, or related fields.
Curatorial Internship for Museum Diversity
Click here to read position description and application instructions. No phone calls or in-person visits, please.
The Development Department seeks diverse sources of support for the Museum’s programming, exhibitions, and day-to-day operations. These sources include grants; the membership program; the annual fund; corporate giving and sponsorships; fundraising events; and facility rentals. Capital Campaign giving for building and endowment needs is also managed through the Development Department. Interns assist in researching prospective donors and gathering materials for grant applications and reports, event planning and preparations, and direct-mail appeals and acknowledgments to donors.
Internships with the Education Department offer art history, art education, museum studies, studio art, and other students an opportunity to experience and develop skills in arts education in a museum setting. The Education Department provides learning opportunities for school-age groups, children and families, and adult audiences from college students to older adults.
Education staff work closely with interns, mentoring such skills as interacting with various age groups, assisting with exhibition-related/curriculum-based art projects for various age groups, collaborating with our Summer Art Camp teachers in the studio, and more.
Interns assist with administrative tasks and help staff to implement a range of programs. Depending on interns’ interests, they may also research and present a gallery talk or other public program. Interns should be friendly, energetic, highly motivated, and creative; familiar with a variety of art materials; and have a positive, enthusiastic attitude towards interacting with learners of all ages.
A stipend of up to $500 may be available to offset moving, parking, transportation, or other expenses associated with the summer 2018 Education Internship.
Interns focus on nonprofit corporate governance and other legal issues facing nonprofit entities. Interns research specific projects related to human resources (personnel and employment compliance), nonprofit management documents including by-laws (revisions), articles of incorporation, and more. Interns also review the Museum’s corporate documents and policies. Second and third-year law students are welcome to apply.
Museum Store & Visitor Services
The Museum Store complements the exhibition schedule by providing an assortment of art-related books and objects for sale. Interns gain experience in the day-to-day operations of a retail space, budgeting, visual merchandising, marketing, visitor services, and special events.
Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative
The Asheville Art Museum participates in the Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative, which provides internship and pre-professional training opportunities for youth with disabilities, ages 15 – 22. Programs include transition to work and pre-professional career development opportunities designed to enhance the potential for future employment in the arts, arts education, or arts management. Programs provide participants with exposure to the variety and diversity of arts-based careers, hands-on experiential opportunities to explore careers, jobs and employment, develop critical arts employment skills, real-world work experience, and the opportunity to interact with peers and professionals. Programs provide 40 or more instructional or experiential hours per intern, apprentice, or trainee.
Stipends are provided for Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative interns. To apply, youth with disabilities, ages 15 – 22, should complete the Asheville Art Museum’s internship program application process (see above), and indicate their eligibility and wish to be considered on page 3 of the application form. Awards and stipend amounts will be included with internship offer letters.