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.

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!

Fall 2017 & Academic Year 2017-2018 internships

All positions have been filled.

Spring 2018 Internships

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

Communications & Public Relations

The Communication & Public Relations Department expands public awareness of the Museum and aims to increase attendance and revenue. The Department produces press releases, circulates images for reproduction, places advertisements, produces print and digital newsletters and other promotional materials, and updates the Museum’s website and social-media pages. Interns assist in writing content for the website, creating social-media content, producing press releases, and creating graphics.


The spring 2018 Curatorial Intern will help develop a short video and written summary on the history of Pack Square. The intern will have the opportunity to 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 either through its website or as part of its newly renovated space at 2 S. Pack Square in early 2019. The intern may also assist with basic curatorial administrative support and record-keeping, conducting artist interviews, writing artist biographies, answering inquiries, and other duties as needed.

The ideal candidate will have prior experience with video production and historical research and writing, preferably with a strong interest in the history of Asheville and/or WNC. The Museum may consider accepting two interns to work together on the project, so candidates interested in history or video production may apply. Each candidate should apply separately. A commitment of at least three hours each week on Wednesday or Friday is desired; additional hours for research may be needed.


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 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 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, 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.

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.