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), 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.

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!

Summer 2017 Internships

All summer 2017 internships have been filled. We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2017 internships.

Fall 2017 & Academic Year 2017-2018 internships

The priority application deadline for fall and academic year internships is July 1. Applications received after this date may be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.


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 aspects of 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 groups of varying ages, 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, help staff to implement a range of programs, and administer surveys as part of ongoing evaluation efforts and a visitor-study initiative. Depending on the intern’s interest, he or she may also research and present a gallery talk or other public program. Prospective 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.