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.

Fall 2018 Special-Project Internship

Applications for the special-project internship will be accepted until the position is filled. Scheduling will be determined on an individual basis, in consultation with the Curatorial Department.

Curatorial – Pack Square Project (Media)

This intern will work as a team with the Curatorial Intern – Pack Square Project (Research) 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 the New Museum 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 50 total hours is required; approximately three hours at the Museum each week, plus additional hours for meetings, research, interviews, and video production.

Curatorial Intern – Pack Square Project (Media) stipend: $500. Candidates who qualify for the Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative (see below) are eligible for an additional stipend.

Spring 2019 Internships

Internships will be posted on or around September 5.

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.