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 was July 1; applications received after that date will be accepted 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; 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.
The Education Department provides learning opportunities for school-age groups, children and families, and adult audiences from college students to older adults. 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.
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. This intern should have Saturday availability, as well as one weekday half-day or evening shift per week.
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.