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 select departments of the Museum—Communications, Curatorial, Learning & Engagement, 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). The Museum regularly coordinates with schools, colleges, and universities to ensure academic credit is received by current students.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted through the Museum’s online Internship Program Application portal only. Click on the “Apply Now” button below to access the portal. The application takes about 15–20 minutes to complete. There is no way to save your work and return so review the application checklist below to ensure you have all information ready that you need. Make sure to press “Submit” on the last page before exiting and closing your browser. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For more information, click here to email us.
- Information about any diplomas you have completed and/or currently pursuing, including school name, major/minor fields, and dates attended.
- Current resume/CV indicating education and employment history (including place of employment, job title, dates of employment, and main duties). You may also include extracurricular activities that you are/were involved in during your time as a student, volunteer experience, and/or and interests. Save and upload as a PDF, DOC, or JPG.
- 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 each internship(s) for which you are applying, and what you hope to contribute during your internship. Save and upload as a PDF, DOC, or JPG.
- A 3–5 page paper from a class related to the internship(s) for which you are applying. Save and upload as a PDF, DOC, or JPG.
- Unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended. Save and upload as a PDF (preferred) or JPG.
- If you are, or may be, pursuing credit for the internship, information from your institution outlining hours/assignments/evaluations needed, and any other required materials/information for you to earn credit. Save and upload as a PDF (preferred) or JPG.
In addition, each application requires two Internship Program Reference forms from professional, educational, or character references in support of your application. These forms should be submitted by the reference directly to the Museum; it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that completed forms are submitted to the Museum by the appropriate application deadline.
Priority Application Deadlines
Summer session: March 1
Fall semester or academic year: July 1
Spring semester: January 1
Applications received after these dates may be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
IMLS Curatorial Intern
The Asheville Art Museum is currently seeking to fill two IMLS Curatorial Intern positions. Leveraging collection materials, the IMLS Curatorial Interns will research, author, and design an online exhibition together that connects the public to the legacies of Douglas D. Ellington and Richard Sharp Smith. This digital exhibition will be featured on the Asheville Art Museum’s website, with online visitors and curatorial team members using elements of this research for years to come. The content of this digital exhibition will be determined by the research strengths and interests of accepted applicants, with guidance from curatorial team members. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to scholarship surrounding two accomplished architects, to strengthen your experience in research and exhibition design, and to engage the Asheville Art Museum’s audiences with our region’s notable architecture and history.
Summer Art Camp Internship
Learning & Engagement Department
The Learning & Engagement department provides quality learning experiences to school-age groups, children and families, and adult audiences. Summer internships with the department offer undergraduate students majoring in art history, art education, general education, museum studies, or studio art the opportunity to experience and develop skills in art education within our Museum Summer Art Camp program.
Learning & Engagement Summer Art Camp interns gain experience in many areas, such as collaborating with our Summer Art Camp teachers in the studio and assisting them with exhibition-related/curriculum-based art projects for K-12 age groups. Interns may also assist with departmental administrative tasks, and support Learning & Engagement staff with managing Summer Art Camp. Learning & Engagement interns should be friendly, energetic, highly motivated, flexible, and have a positive and enthusiastic attitude toward interacting with learners of all ages.
Depending on interns’ interests, there may be opportunities to assist with additional Learning & Engagement projects, such as creating educational materials, cataloging resources, collecting and assessing evaluation data, or developing marketing strategies to promote educational programming. Interns will also engage in weekly professional development in partnership with several local arts-related organizations. Past professional development focused on art restoration, library science and archiving, exhibition curation, auctions, gallery work, and more.