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):

  1. Internship application form. Click here to download the form.
  2. 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
  3. Writing sample: A 3 – 5 page paper from a class related to the internship(s) for which you are applying
  4. 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.
  5. Transcript(s): Official or unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended
  6. 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.


Spring 2019 Internships

The priority application deadline for spring 2019 internships is November 1; applications received after that date may be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Curatorial – Collections Management

The Curatorial Department researches and organizes upcoming exhibitions including the development of timelines, checklists, and signage; produces exhibition catalogues; and corresponds with artists, curators, galleries, and museums.

Join the Curatorial team for an exciting educational opportunity as the Museum rehouses the Collection and opens in a renovated facility. Under the supervision of the Associate Curator and Registration Assistant, interns assist the Curatorial team with the documentation and care of the Museum’s Collection of 20th- and 21st-century American art. Assistance is especially needed with entering information and images into the EmbARK collections database as part of a larger project to make more Collection information available online to the general public. This intern will help organize and participate in the Museum’s first Edit-A-Thon for increased accessibility to the online Collection.

This opportunity is excellent for college-level students interested in a museum career to develop their skills in database management, museum record-keeping, art-handling, condition-reporting, and inventory procedures. Interns should be self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented with good computer skills and a knack for precision. A commitment of at least three hours each week on Thursdays and Fridays is desired. This position is eligible for school credit for current students.

Curatorial – Preparation

The Curatorial Department researches and organizes upcoming exhibitions including the development of timelines, checklists, and signage; produces exhibition catalogues; and corresponds with artists, curators, galleries, and museums.

Join the Curatorial team for an exciting educational opportunity as the Museum opens two major exhibitions to the public in newly-constructed galleries and rehouses the Museum’s Collection. Under the supervision of the Preparator/Assistant Registrar, interns assist in the planning, preparation, design, and installation of museum exhibitions, art collections, or other display materials; the design and construction of display materials; and coordination of packing, moving, maintenance, and security of the Collection.

This opportunity is excellent for college-level students interested in a museum or art-related career to develop their skills in museum record-keeping, art-handling, condition-reporting, and inventory procedures. Some lifting will be required. A commitment of at least three hours each week (Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, TBD with the Curatorial Department) is desired. This position is eligible for school credit for current students.

Development

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.

Education

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 arts program 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.

Education – Connections

Please click here for the full job description and application instructions.


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.