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 descriptions of the UNC Asheville and Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiatives below. The Museum regularly coordinates with schools, colleges, and universities to ensure academic credit is received by current students.
To apply, please send the following materials to Kristi McMillan, director of learning & engagement, 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 2020 Internships
Applications for the following internships will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
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, online store, budgeting, visual merchandising, and marketing.
The Visitor Services team provides critical oversight of the daily flow of admissions, information, and visitor interaction. Interns learn skills in customer relations, organization, problem-solving, and working in a fast-paced, service-forward organization.
Introduction to Careers in Museums, Cultural Organizations, and Nonprofits
Do you love looking at, talking about, and/or making art? Are you interested in learning more about how to translate your interest in art into a career? Interns come together weekly on Tuesday afternoons to get to know the Museum’s staff and to discover how an art museum works, then take virtual field trips to other Asheville arts and cultural organizations to explore a wide variety of career paths. In addition, interns work on a focused project with administration, communications, curatorial, development, or learning & engagement staff to gain real-world knowledge about and hands-on experience with art-related work.
This hybrid internship lasts approximately 75 hours, includes a stipend of $750, and takes place September–November virtually via Zoom and in-person at the Museum. Participants must qualify to participate in the Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative (see below). To apply, download and complete this application form, and submit it via email or mail to Kristi McMillan, director of learning & engagement. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and interns will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis.
UNC Asheville Internship Initiative
Thanks to the generous support of the Selby & Richard McRae Foundation, starting January 1, 2020 we are proud to welcome UNC Asheville students to the Museum each day for visits, tours, research, and programs through the UNC Asheville Student Membership Initiative. As part of the Initiative, the Museum also awards one UNC Asheville student a paid internship each semester to support learning projects in one or more Museum departments.
Stipends of $1000 are provided for fall and spring semester interns, and stipends of $1600 are provided for summer interns. To apply, degree-seeking UNC Asheville undergraduate students should complete the Museum’s internship program application process (see above). Awards will be included in internship offers.
The 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 $750 are provided for 2019–2020 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.