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Museum Studies interns get the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn about a full range of museum careers.

Museum Studies Internship Program:
June 6–July 29, 2022


Our application deadline for the summer 2022 program has passed. Kindly check back this fall for information on our 2023 program.


The Museum Studies Internship Program exposes interns to the inner-workings of a major metropolitan museum, promoting an awareness of careers in the field through experiences not available in most academic settings. An internship with the Philadelphia Museum of Art is an invaluable educational, professional, and personal experience. Through the internship program, interns will gain an understanding of a professional workplace, receive one-on-one mentorship, learn practical skills, and participate in professional development sessions and network with museum staff and peers. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, including those from traditionally underrepresented groups in the museum field. Ten students will be selected for the summer program taking place from June 6 to July 29, 2022. Interns receive a stipend of $3,000 for living expenses.


In 2022, stipends are made possible by Lynne and Harold Honickman through The Honickman Foundation, Estate of Danielle Rice, The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art through the bequest of Patty Klutz, The Kathleen C. Sherrerd Internship Endowment Fund, and Kathleen A. Foster.


Internship Format

The Museum Studies Internship Program runs Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for eight weeks. The internship is made up of three parts: one day weekly students will engage in seminar sessions (see below); four days weekly students will intern in a specific museum department; and one-hour weekly students will meet in a small group discussion with their cohort of peers. Interns are placed according to departmental needs that vary from year to year. Candidates selected for a Departmental Placement will automatically be admitted into the Museum Studies seminar which may include:
  • Presentations and talks with curators, conservators, and educators
  • Discussions with top-level administrators
  • Conversations with many museum departments
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of museum spaces and galleries
  • Lectures on the museum’s history and collection


Stipends are made possible by the Honickman Foundation, the Patty Klutz memorial gift, the Danielle Rice memorial gift, and the Division of Education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.



Eligibility Requirements

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The Museum Studies Internship Program offers internships each summer to applicants:
  • From all backgrounds, including those from traditionally underrepresented groups in the museum field
  • Who are currently-enrolled undergraduate or graduate students, or have graduated within the same calendar year as the Internship Program
  • Who have completed at least their freshman year of college by the end of the spring 2022 semester
  • Who are eligible to work in the United States
  • Who are committed to attending all program sessions


Past Intern Projects

Assignments, projects, and departmental placements vary every year. Learn more >>


These descriptions of past departmental assignments will help you understand the kinds of opportunities that may be available this summer. They do not necessarily represent opportunities for summer 2022.


The Museum’s Internship Program coordinators will outline a specific placement when contacting each finalist with an offer for acceptance into the program. Candidates will have the opportunity to ask questions before accepting or declining the position.


Business Administration
Work in the Executive Offices directly with the museum’s Director and Chief Executive Officer on a museum-related project. Applicant must be an MBA student.


Collections Information
Standardize and enhance information in the collections database and assist with other technology-related projects. You will leave with a good understanding of the predominate software for managing museum collections and information.


Collections Information
Standardize and enhance information in the collections database and assist with other technology-related projects. You will leave with a good understanding of the predominate software for managing museum collections and information.


Conservation
Observe conservation techniques for furniture, objects, paintings, works on paper, or textiles. Depending on your specialization, you may be placed in one department or shared between two. Interns with a science background may participate in chemical analysis of materials and other laboratory tasks. Chemistry coursework required; art history or studio art coursework desired.


Curatorial
Update the museum’s database and object files, conduct research, work on inventory projects, reorganize storage, and carry out administrative tasks in one of these curatorial areas:
  • American Art
  • Arms and Armor
  • Contemporary Art
  • Costume and Textiles
  • East Asian Art
  • European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
  • European Painting
  • Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
  • South Asian Art


Development
Assist in nurturing relationships with donors and prospective donors to secure support-gifts, grants, sponsorships, and gifts-in-kind. You may work with one of several Development programs including Individual Giving, Institutional Support, Donor Engagement, Donor Communications, or Development Operations.


Editorial
Copyedit exhibition texts as well as newsletters, brochures, invitations, and signs. Must be comfortable with Word, possess strong writing skills, and be attentive to detail.


Education: Summer Camp Groups and Family Learning
Work together with a team of interns to develop a summer camp curriculum and teach groups in the galleries and studios. Also assist with Art Splash, our summer family festival, to facilitate studio art projects, prepare art materials, and welcome families.


Education: Teacher Programs
Prepare for and implement our weeklong summer seminar for pre-K–12th-grade teachers. Conduct research for teacher materials and update contact lists.


Education: Teacher Resources
Work with the Wachovia Education Resource Center coordinator to create lessons and activities supporting the integration of visual arts into K–12 classrooms. Also assist with our weeklong summer seminar for pre-K–12th-grade teachers.


Finance
Support the Finance department, which is responsible for the maintenance of books, records, and financial statements.


Human Resources
Review and update recruitment materials and assist with museum-wide initiatives in employee engagement, training, and benefits.


Information and Interpretive Technologies: Audio-Visual
Assist with the inventory, testing, planning, and designing of AV equipment for installations and exhibitions, as well as live events and presentations. Participate in developing proposals for future projects.


Library and Archives
Catalogue archival images, create metadata, conduct collection maintenance and development, and assist staff. Background in museum information science, archives, or librarianship desired.


Marketing and Communications
Volunteer with Marketing staff to develop and maintain outlets for paid advertising and coordinate social and digital content. Or volunteer with the Press Office to promote Museum initiatives to the press and other local media.


Membership and Visitor Operations
Assist with event planning and implementation, social-media marketing, gift entry and reporting, and membership activities.


Photography Studio
Prepare images for publications, interactives, and the website. Capture, edit, distribute, label, and archive photographs. Photograph events, behind-the-scenes installations, and publicity photo shoots. Photography experience required; knowledge of Photoshop/Lightroom desired.


Protection Services
Work on studies to identify the assignment of security officers throughout the galleries, and develop tools to increase efficiency and effectiveness of operations.


Registrar
Assist the Registrar and other staff in tracking the location and condition of art objects in the collection. Help with object inventories, resolve loan issues, data entry for deaccessioned records, and review and update acquisition files.


Retail
Actively engage with merchandising, operations, and marketing for our stores and e-commerce business. Creative and analytical skills will be applied and developed.


Social Media
Create and manage a social-media campaign for summer programs. You should be tech savvy, possess excellent communication skills, and be a creative self-starter. Must be proficient with social-media platforms.


Special Events
The Special Events team is responsible for the coordination and execution of all museum events. You will help organize electronic marketing efforts for special events, format the event marketing calendar, and update promotional materials and distribution lists.


FAQ

Learn more about the program and the selection process >>


How long is the Museum Studies Internship Program?
It runs for eight weeks: June 6–July 29, 2022. Interns will report to the Museum 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. Interns must be present for the entire duration of the program.


What are the eligibility requirements for the Museum Studies Internship Program?
The museum accepts applications from undergraduates who have completed at least their freshman year prior to the start of the internship as well as from students currently enrolled in a graduate program. The museum also accepts recent graduates, provided they have graduated within the same calendar year as the Internship Program. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, including those from traditionally underrepresented groups in the museum field.


How can I apply?
Click the “Apply Now” link at the bottom of this page.


What should be included as part of my application package?
See the “How to Apply” section above.


When is the application due?
Your complete application must be submitted by Monday, February 28, 2022.


Do you accept international students?
Yes, the museum does accept international students. International applicants will be reviewed on an individual basis and must have applicable visa eligibility to participate in a US internship. The visa process could take sixty to ninety days. International students are responsible for obtaining appropriate work authorization during the internship period. The museum does not sponsor visas for interns. If you require a visa, you may be eligible to participate in the Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 visa program), by going through an outside agency that has been authorized by the State Department to sponsor a J-1 trainee visa. These sponsors are responsible for supporting and monitoring foreign nationals during their exchange programs in the United States. We recommend that you consult with the U.S. embassy in your home country to determine which visa will allow you to participate in this internship. Please note that any authorizations must be completed well in advance of the internship start date. If you are offered an internship but do not have your visa before the start date of the program, your internship may be canceled.


Will I be notified when my application and materials have been received?
Yes, you will receive an automated email. Be sure to check your junk or spam folder.


What happens once my application has been received?
Each application is read by a committee of employees from nearly every department in the museum to determine who will receive an interview.


Where should my recommender submit a letter of recommendation?
The letters of recommendation must be submitted via email to by the application deadline. The recommendation emails should clearly indicate the applicant’s name in the subject line and must come directly from the recommender’s email.


How will I receive correspondence from the museum?
You will be contacted by email. Be aware that certain email providers filter emails from the museum. Often, these emails will be sent to your junk or spam folder. Please look for email addresses ending in “@philamuseum.org” and, when possible, mark them as being “not spam.”


When will I know whether I’ve been selected for an interview?
You will be contacted in late March via email or phone to schedule an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person for those in close proximity to the museum or over the phone or via Skype for applicants outside the Philadelphia area.


Will I be notified if I am not selected?
Yes, you will be contacted by email if your application is no longer being considered.


When will I know if I have been selected for an internship?
We will notify applicants via email in late April.


How many students will be selected?
Ten students will be selected for the 2022 summer.


If I am selected, may I receive course credit?
Yes, interns can receive course credit so long as it is offered by their respective colleges and universities. Interns must make all necessary arrangements directly with their respective schools.


Is housing available?
Interns are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. If you have been selected for an internship and have questions about where you might live, you may contact one of the Museum’s Internship Program coordinators for advice. Interns receive a $3,000 stipend to cover living expenses. See “Are Museum Studies Internship Program interns compensated?” below.


Are Museum Studies Internship Program interns compensated?
Yes. Interns receive a stipend of $3,000 (less applicable taxes and deductions) to cover living expenses. The stipends will be issued in three payments spread throughout the summer program dates.


Whom may I contact if I have questions about my application?
Please email .



How to Apply

To be considered for the internship and/or the stipend, submit your online application and PDFs of all required materials at the link below by Monday, February 28, 2022. Additional materials will not be considered.
Required Application Materials >>


Application Form
Please include your résumé and essa when you submit your application. Additional materials will not be considered. Application materials should be submitted as PDFs. Also identify three areas of interest for internship placement (see the “Description of Past Intern Placements” section for placement descriptions). In addition, please submit contact information (name, email, and phone number) for 1 individual who will be able to provide a letter of recommendation.
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Résumé
Please be sure to include relevant employment and volunteer experiences as well as computer and language skills.


Essay
Please limit the essay to no more than 700 words and be sure to address the following:
  • Explain your interest in the museum/art field and what led you to apply for the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Museum Studies Internship Program
  • Describe how your specific interests, skill sets, and experiences might relate to the departments(s) you have selected on the application form and explain how you will contribute to the Museum Studies Internship Program cohort.
  • Describe why you feel committed to representing diverse perspectives in the museum/art field.


One Letter of Recommendation
Applicants must have one confidential letter of recommendation submitted by past or current professors or academic advisors or a past or current employer who is familiar with your skills and abilities. The letters of recommendation must be submitted via email to internships@philamuseum.org by the application deadline. The recommendation emails should clearly indicate the applicant’s name in the subject line and must come directly from the recommender’s email.