Interns are an integral part of the Museum’s community, helping staff and visitors in many ways.
As part of its longstanding education program, the Museum’s internship program aims to give interns real-world experience and insight so that their transition from student to professional is supported, informed, and encouraged. This goal is achieved by:
- Providing current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates (within one year of graduation) and high-school students, opportunities to collaborate with Museum staff on projects related to the arts, arts education, and arts administration
- Introducing interns to the broad spectrum of museum work and to Museum staff, departments, programs, and operations.
Interns are an integral part of the Museum’s community, helping staff and visitors in many ways. In addition, the Museum seeks to reach underserved populations that have limited access to arts and professional-development opportunities in the arts.
Internships are offered during the summer, spring, and fall semesters, and during the academic year. Internships are available most semesters in each department of the Museum—Communications, Curatorial, Development, Education, and Museum Store & Visitor Services—and occasionally for special projects. Please see our openings below for specific information about upcoming semesters.
In addition to interning under the guidance of staff on projects that support individual departments in the Museum, summer interns participate in a robust professional development program during the months of June and July. Weekly Lunch & Learns are scheduled with each Museum department, giving interns an opportunity to explore the range of museum work, to meet and network with current museum professionals, to get useful advice for putting classroom knowledge into practice, and to develop interviewing and networking skills. Complementary weekly field trips may include an Urban Trail walking tour, artists’ studio visits, behind-the-scenes tours of local museums/cultural institutions, and other networking opportunities.
The Museum offers both paid and volunteer internships; see individual internship descriptions as well as the description of the Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative below. We are always happy to coordinate with academic programs as needed to ensure due credit is received by current students.
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
- Current resume or CV (optional)
- 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.
- Writing sample: A 3–5 page paper from a class related to the internship(s) for which you are applying
- Transcript(s): Official or unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended
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 2019 Internships
The priority application deadline for fall 2019 internships is July 1; applications received after that date will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Communications Department expands public awareness of the Museum and aims to increase attendance and revenue. The Communications 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.
Curatorial – Exhibition Design
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. Internships offer architecture, curatorial studies, design studies, studio art, and other students an opportunity to experience and develop skills in exhibition design and preparation in a museum setting. Interns will join the Museum’s preparator/assistant registrar to plan for and execute the aesthetic vision of future exhibitions. Duties may include layout of gallery spaces in both a physical scale model as well as a digital model using SketchUp software; designing or fabricating unique mounts or hardware; and maintaining gallery spaces, display cases, and presentation furniture as needed. Handling artwork will be required as needed during installation. This position is both hands-on as well as computer-driven. It may require lifting up to 50 pounds, working on ladders or scaffolding, using hand or power tools, performing computer work, as well as extended periods of sitting or standing. The ideal candidate would feel comfortable in either a hands-on or a traditional office situation.
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. Under the supervision of the preparator/assistant registrar, interns will join the Curatorial Department as the Museum opens two major exhibitions to the public in newly-constructed galleries and rehouses its Collection. Interns will assist in the planning, preparation, design, and installation of museum exhibitions, art collections, or other display materials. Duties may also include moving, packing, unpacking, and examining the condition of artwork; aiding Curatorial staff or the conservator in the safe management of the Collection; and the maintenance and upkeep of exhibition casework. Use of power tools, painting, and some lifting will be required.
A stipend of $1000 is available to offset moving, parking, transportation, and/or other expenses associated with this internship.
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; and fundraising events. 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, direct-mail appeals, and acknowledgments to Museum Members and donors.
Education – Connections
A stipend of $2025 is available for this internship.
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 of $600 are provided for 2018-2019 Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative interns. To apply, youth with disabilities, ages 15–22, should complete the 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 will be included in internship offers.