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Paid Summer Internships at the Saint Louis Art Museum (application deadline: February 20, 2022)

The Saint Louis Art Museum is pleased to offer four full-time, paid summer internships in the curatorial and learning & engagement divisionsin 2022. These positions are open to current and recent undergraduate and graduate students.  


Position Summary 

The paid internships at the Saint Louis Art Museum offer opportunities to gain first-hand experience working in a major art museum. Interns will work one-on-one with a staff member from the Curatorial or Learning and Engagement divisions of the Museum to contribute to a specific project. In 2022, projects include: 
Project 1: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas Internship 

  • The Intern will work with curators in the department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas to conduct research and catalog historic Native American art, focusing on the Donald Danforth Jr. Collection of Plains and Plateau art. Intern will also assist with special exhibition projects for African art. 

Project 2: American Art in the Early Cold War (1939-1963) 

  • The Intern will work with curators in the department of American Art to assist with research for a Cold War exhibition that will bring a socio-political perspective on a wide range of American art produced between 1939 (Hitler-Stalin pact) and 1963 (assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy). The project will entail research on individual objects, on social/political contexts and artist groups as well as compiling gallery and exhibition histories and contemporaneous reviews. Intern will also assist with exhibition databases and checklists.   

Project 3: Contemporary Ceramics and Craft in St. Louis 

  • The Intern will work with curators in the department of Decorative Arts and Design to conduct research on contemporary ceramics and other craft media in the collection and the community. The intern will strengthen research on artists represented in the collection by compiling annotated bibliographies and artist and exhibition histories and identifying comparative objects and collections. 

Project 4: Research and Planning for the 100th anniversary of education at the Saint Louis Art Museum  

  • The Intern will collaborate with Learning and Engagement staff to research and develop ideas for public programs and activities to mark 2023, the 100th anniversary of SLAM’s education department (now called Learning and Engagement). Tasks may include reviewing materials in the museum archives, helping to create an updated narrative of the history of SLAM’s education department, and assisting in the research for a video or social media campaign celebrating the 100th anniversary of the department.   


The Saint Louis Art Museum is home to a collection of over 37,000 works of art from six continents, dating from ancient times to the present. Curators, together with museum educators, designers, registrars, and many others, work to interpret and present the collection and develop programs that enrich visitor experiences. Over the course of the summer program, interns will have opportunities to learn more about SLAM’s collections through curatorial tours. In addition, they will participate in tours of the conservation facilities, brownbag lunches with department and division heads, and a meeting with the museum’s director. 


Key Information: 

  • – Mandatory start date is Monday, June 13, 2022 
  • – Internship concludes when intern completes 300 hours; duration to be eight or nine weeks 
  • – Work schedule is Monday through Friday, roughly 37.5 hours per week 
  • – Biweekly pay will be $12.50/hour worked, no benefits or holiday pay 
  • – The Saint Louis Art Museum adheres to protocols based on current guidelines from the City’s Department of Health. All potential new hires will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. 
  • – The internship will most likely take place on-site, though there may be a potential for remote work. 
  • – Candidates will be considered for specific projects based on interest, qualifications, and project needs. 

A complete application requires the following documents: 

  • – Cover letter to indicate professional goals, reason you seek this internship, and how your training and experience have prepared you for any of the projects cited above.  
  • – Resume or CV to indicate work experience (volunteer and paid work) and academic background 
  • – Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) 
  • – Language skills list to specify language(s) and reading, writing, speaking levels of fluency 
  • – 3 References: name, title, affiliation and full contact information (letters of reference not required; at least 2 references must be a professor or academic advisor; 1 can be a personal or nonacademic professional reference) 
  • – Academic writing sample, such as a research paper (minimum 5 pages in length, with source citations and bibliography) 


Click here to apply. *Please only upload two documents: (1) a PDF that combines the cover letter, resume/CV, transcripts, language skills and reference list; (2) the writing sample.* 

Deadline to submit complete applications: 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, February 20, 2022. Selections will be completed by April 8, 2022. 

Please direct any questions to Meagan McKay, Sr. Administrative Assistant for Curatorial Affairs, at meagan.mckay@slam.org


The Saint Louis Art Museum is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color. The Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience, without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law. 

Fellowship Opportunity: Curatorial Fellow (Collections), Visual Arts – Walker Art Center: Minneapolis, MN

Job TitleCuratorial Fellow (Collections)
CompanyWalker Art Center
LocationMinneapolis, MN
Full-time/Part-timeFull-time (35 hours)
Salary$40,000 annually
Posting Websitehttps://walkerart.hiringthing.com/job/345281/curatorial-fellow-collections-visual-arts
Required Experience • B.A. or M.A. degree in art history, museum studies, arts administration, or a related field (e.g. cultural studies, curatorial studies, data management).
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and familiarity with modern and contemporary art required.
Sample Job Responsibilities • Collection data research and assessment
• Reviewing demographic data
• Planning for the center’s future direction

Internship Opportunity: Curatorial Internship, Archives of American Art, Washington, DC

The Archives of American Art seeks an intern for fall 2016 to contribute to upcoming exhibitions and help assist with organization of new acquisitions.

The intern will conduct extensive research in the Archives’ collections under the direction of the Curator of Manuscripts. As part of the internship, the student will learn how to identify and contextualize significant primary source documents and oral history excerpts. The intern will also learn about the AAA’s active collecting program by assisting with the acquisition of new collections. Both activities will introduce the intern to archival and curatorial workflows, including the content management system and Drupal-based website. The intern will be encouraged to write blog posts about his/her experience and use social media to share compelling archival discoveries.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • The successful candidate will have attention to detail and the ability to follow guidelines for working with historic documents are critical requirements.
  • Experience working in archives, library, or a museum setting and/or active participation in campus art history (or related fields) organizations and clubs.
  • Familiarity with American art history
  • A desire to learn computer and web programs.
  • A keen interest in working with primary source materials.


  • Cover letter
  • Résumé detailing your educational background and work/volunteer experience
  • Unofficial academic transcript
  • Names and email addresses of two references, preferably those who can assess the applicant’s academic abilities but personal recommendations will also be considered

Submit all application materials through the Smithsonian’s online internship application system. For more information, contact Mary Savig at savigm@si.edu.

Full post: https://archivesgig.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/washington-dc-curatorial-internship-smithsonians-archives-of-american-art/

Job Posting: Curator – Robert C. Larson ’56 Art in the Library Program, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Purpose of this Position
The Curator, Robert C. Larson ’56 Art in the Library Program will lead the program of art and of book-related exhibitions for a liberal arts college library. The purpose of this program is to:

  • Support the curriculum and student learning.
  • Develop curricular-based exhibits working with specific faculty and courses.
  • Highlight art, books, and other materials from the college collections and from other regional collections.
  • Contribute to the daily visual and intellectual experience of college students, cultivating the next generation of supporters of cultural educational institutions.
  • Working in close cooperation with the staff of the Perlman Teaching Museum, the faculty, and the library staff, the Curator will continue the tradition of the library as a place for engaging with art and exhibitions.

Essential Job Functions – Responsibilities

  • Plan schedule of curricular and non-curricular library exhibitions annually.
  • Develop exhibits that showcase the liberal arts.
  • Develop art and book-related exhibits and displays in their full programmatic dimensions, including research, design, and display.
  • Work with faculty to plan and facilitate curricular exhibitions, including planning and leading sessions on curation, exhibition planning, label writing, and basic design with students.
  • Work closely with faculty and students over the course of a term to produce the exhibition
  • Work closely with library staff to integrate library art and exhibitions into the fabric of library programs and operations, and into the life of the college.
  • Select and install art in the library; coordinate work on site-specific art installations and commissions.
  • Plan and coordinate educational programming, receptions, and attendant activities; write and produce reports, labels, exhibit brochures, etc.
  • Maintain and enhance exhibit-related web pages and create new online exhibits.
  • Continue cooperation between the Gould Library and Perlman Teaching Museum through close and constant collaboration with the Curator of the College Art Collection and staff.
  • Develop partnerships with regional museums and arts organizations.
  • Supervise a student assistant.

Additional Job Responsibilities:

This position is a member of the Bridge Consortium and works collaboratively and in tandem with peers at the St. Olaf College libraries to ensure that work is not duplicated and that costs are contained or reduced.

Additionally, this position may be asked to provide services to the St. Olaf College libraries, and is responsible for participating in all appropriate Bridge working groups, meetings, and functions.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Required Qualifications

  • Two or more years of experience working in a museum environment with knowledge of installation and interpretive techniques or an equivalent combination of education or experience.
  • Strong organizational, research, written communication skills, and skills or interest in exhibition design.
  • Superb people skills with a high degree of flexibility are essential characteristics for success in this position. Candidates must be well organized and have the ability to handle multiple tasks and work under pressure.

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.A. in art, art history or related area preferred.
  • Library, archives, or other book exhibit/curatorial experience are highly desirable, but not required. It is expected that art curatorial experience will be transferable to the book-related part of the job.
  • Experience in educational programming and outreach programs, and experience with web page design and production are highly desirable. Additional desirable skills include photo documentation, label and poster design.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop and InDesign are also helpful. Demonstrated experience in forging collaborations and partnerships, particularly in boundary-crossing ways, is highly desirable.

Full post: http://jobs.carleton.edu/postings/2897

Job Posting: Museum Curator in Graphic Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC


This position is located in the Curatorial Office of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). The purpose of the position is to carry out assigned and approved projects in the four areas of curation: research, exhibits, development & management of collections and public service and to initiate and propose related projects for review by the Chief Curator and Director. Incumbent should have knowledge of the broad field of American art but will specialize in the field of graphic arts and artists.



  • Conducts research on graphic art in the permanent collection.
  • Publishes significant research related to graphic art collection.


  • Establishes contacts with donors and dealers and negotiates for gifts and purchases. Proposes objects for acquisition.


  • Proposes & develops exhibition topics.
  • Ensures completeness and accuracy of all published information associated with exhibitions, including catalogues, brochures, installation graphics and wall text.

Job Requirements

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.


You must meet these Basic Requirements:

  • Degree: museum work; or in an applicable subject-matter field.


  • Combination of education and experience — courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


  • Four years of experience that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study as shown in A above.

In addition to the Basic Requirements above, you must have the following Specialized Experience:

  • GS-11: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as experience in researching and coordinating exhibitions of graphic art within an art museum or similar environment.
  • GS-12: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position specialized experience is defined as experience in researching, developing, interpreting and exhibiting a collection of graphic art within an art museum or similar environment.

Deadline to Apply: September 19, 2016

Full post: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/446984300/

Job Posting: Collections Manager, University of New Mexico, Taos, NM

Position Summary:

Directly manages and oversees the University of New Mexico Harwood Museum of Art’s fine arts collections, their acquistion, documentation, housing, use, preservation, disposition, inventory and maintenance, maintenance reports and updates for new material. The Collections Manager will care for the Harwood collections, the collections database, the collections online, and the archives.

As curator of collections, the Collections Manager will apply interactive digital technologies to the online collection to increase public engagement with the Harwood’s art online, and in the museum’s galleries. Receives, prepares, and catalogs new materials; plans and organizes exhibition-related movement of objects, including packing, shipping, and insurance for collections exhibitions as well as for incoming and outgoing loans to/from the UNM Harwood Museum. Monitors the collections budget. Will supervise the Registrar and designated collections personnel, volunteers and/or students. As a member of the Harwood’s senior staff s/he will play a role in the Museum’s leadership and decision-making.

Minimum Qualifications:

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Directly related Master’s or Terminal degree; at least 3 years of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. OR Bachelor’s degree; at least 5 years of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous museum work experience
  • Experience in curatorial
  • Museum management experience
  • Knowledge of art, art history, and specific types of art works
  • Knowledge of and skills in interactive on line digital technologies

Application Deadline: September 2, 2016

Required Applicant Documents: Resume, Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicants: Official transcripts will be required for hire. Please see minimum qualifications for specifics.

Full post: unmjobs.unm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=88626

Job Posting: Multiple Opportunities at MoMa, NYC

Cataloger (grant-funded, fixed-term) | Archives
Identifies key archives collections and prioritizes select files. Consults original documents and selects most important and historically significant records. Catalogs selected items into the Museum Archives Image Database. Coordinates scanning of items with Imaging and Visual Resources. Pages and reshelves boxes, files, and single items. Ensures quality control of metadata and image scans. Reports to Archives Specialist.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in art history, including 12 semester hours of modern art since 1880, or equivalent. Basic knowledge of art historical research sources. Archival experience preferred. Ability to communicate clearly and legibly in both written and spoken form. Attention to detail. Knowledge of archival/art historical/collection management databases. Ability to lift and move heavy boxes.

This is a two-year project initiative expected to commence as soon as a qualified candidate has been identified. Total work hours per week will be 14.

Curatorial Assistant | Architecture and Design
Assists the department’s senior architecture curatorial staff in all areas of their responsibilities, including acquisitions, collections records, bibliographic and biographical records and files, research for architecture exhibitions and publications, loans, and general curatorial inquiries. Performs work in relation to the care of the collection and arranges for custodial, registration, and preparation work as required by the curatorial staff in the maintenance of the collection in gallery, study, and storage areas. Performs research for exhibitions, including research on artists, periods, styles, specific works, locations of works, on photograph sources, etc. Assists in preparing catalogues and checklists. Coordinates and schedules work to be done, within the Museum and without, in such areas as conversation, photography, public information, matting and framing, construction, lighting, etc. Assists with the preparation and installation of wall labels. Conducts daily inspection of works on view in temporary exhibitions and assists with necessary follow-up arrangements. Answers inquiries and conducts some gallery tours as necessary for visitors and the A+D Circle affiliate group. Researches and catalogs the Museum collection and archives under senior staff supervisor and answers related inquiries from public and scholars. Reports to senior curatorial titles.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred, ideally in architecture or art history. Some relevant work experience and competence within area of departmental interest. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and other standard office procedures and equipment. Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages.

Curatorial Assistant | Drawings and Prints
Assists the department’s senior curatorial staff in all areas of their responsibilities, including administrative work in the context of curatorial functions such as acquisitions, collections records, bibliographic and biographical records and files, research for exhibitions and publications, departmental committee loans, and general curatorial inquiries. Performs work in relation to care of the collection and expedites arrangements for custodial, registration, and preparation work as required by the curators in the maintenance of the collection in gallery, study, and storage areas. Conducts daily collection gallery inspections and assists with follow-up arrangements in the event of damage, deterioration, etc. Performs duties of exhibitions assistant, including research on subjects such as artists, periods, styles, etc., on specific works, on locations of works, on photograph sources, etc. Assists in arranging loans; catalogue preparation; preparation of checklists including compiling and typing; and coordinating and scheduling work to be done, within the Museum and without, in such areas as conservation, photography, public information, matting and framing, construction, lighting, etc. Assists with the preparation and installation of wall labels. Conducts daily inspection of works on view in temporary exhibitions and assists with necessary follow-up arrangements. Answers inquiries and conducts some gallery tours as necessary for visitors, etc. Researches and catalogs the Museum collection and archives under senior staff supervision and answers related inquiries from the public and scholars. Assists in the operation of departmental study centers. Works with curatorial interns as assigned. Keeps informed of current activity in the area of departmental interests through gallery and museum visits, publications, etc. and conveys observations to the senior staff. Reports to Chief Curator.

Requirements: Master’s degree in art history strongly preferred with a particular expertise/exposure to art from the postwar period through to contemporary. Prior curatorial experience preferred. Superior research and writing skills and fluency in a foreign language preferred. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and other standard office procedures and equipment.

If you would like to submit your resume and cover letter for consideration, please choose one of the following options:

  • By email: jobs@moma.org (most preferred option; if submitting by email, please send us your resume and cover letter as one document in a PDF format)
  • By fax: (212) 333-1107
  • By mail: The Museum of Modern Art
    The Department of Human Resources
    11 West 53 Street
    New York, NY 10019

Full postings: http://www.moma.org/about/jobs

Job Posting: Curator of 20th Century Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

The New Mexico Museum of Art is seeking a curator who will be responsible for the museum’s significant collection of paintings, works on paper, three-dimensional artwork and historic furniture, including the development, interpretation, exhibition and information dissemination of the collection. The curator will ensure that collections are preserved and accessible to the public; will plan, develop, research, document and implement exhibitions and related projects; develop the collection through new acquisitions; contribute content to the cataloging and information files related to the collection, ensuring that information is complete, accurate, and up to date; and will help maintain accurate records and care of the collection in compliance with museum standards. The ideal candidate will have comprehensive knowledge of American and international art with an emphasis on Southwest 20th century art. The curator will contribute as a member of the curatorial team and contribute to the overall curatorial department operation. The candidate will need to be comfortable working on projects well outside his/her areas of formal training and expertise.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Museum Studies, Museology, Art, Art History, Art Administration, Anthropology, American Studies, Archaeology, Curatorial Studies, History, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Arts, Public History, or Paleontology
  • Four (4) years experience in exhibit development, collections management, curation, creative writing, conducting research in specialty area of a museum, and working with historical concepts
  • Any combination of education from an accredited college or university in a related field and/or direct experience in this occupation totaling eight (8) years may substitute for the required education and experience

Contact Information: Merry Scully, (505) 476-5058 or email: Merry.Scully@state.nm.us

Deadline to apply: July 24, 2016

Full post: http://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/newmexico/jobs/1466501/curator-of-20th-century-art-dca-4537

Internship Opportunities: Fall Internships, Rubin Museum of Art, NYC

Rubin Museum of Art is home to a comprehensive collection of art from the Himalayas and surrounding regions. Through changing exhibitions and an array of engaging public programs, the Rubin Museum offers opportunities to explore the artistic legacy of the Himalayan region and to appreciate its place in the context of world cultures.

The Rubin Museum of Art offers semester-long internships to qualified undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates interested in the following areas: education, programming, communications, publications, and human resources. In addition to assigned projects, interns have the opportunity to learn more about the museum field through group activities that include trips to cultural institutions, brown-bag lunch discussions with staff members, and career development workshops.

Performs research and provides support for curatorial work and upcoming exhibitions that focus predominantly on Himalayan art and material culture.

Performs research, occasionally in the Tibetan language, and provides support for curatorial work and upcoming exhibitions that focus specifically on Himalayan art.

Performs research and provides support for curatorial work for upcoming exhibitions that focus specifically on South Asian art.

Works in the Museum’s library maintaining the library database system, cataloging, ordering books and maintaining library organization.

Works closely with staff on various projects that may include updating object records in the Museum database and shadowing registrars in the galleries during the installation and deinstallation of exhibitions.



Works with the Manager of Visitor Experience and Access Programs to research Himalayan art and culture as well as upcoming exhibitions in support of a rigorous staff and volunteer training program.



How to Apply for Internships

Applicants may apply to multiple internships individually. Please write a one-page cover letter which specifies (1) the internships for which you are applying, (2) your relevant qualifications, (3) your interest in the Rubin Museum of Art, and (4) your availability (days/times). Please email your resume and cover letter to volunteersandinterns@rubinmuseum.org. No phone calls please.Please put the internship you are applying to in the subject line of your email.

Due to the high volume of applications for internships, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

In the event you are not accepted for an internship, please resend your application materials again for the following term.

Deadlines for Internship Applications

Fall Semester (September through December): July 31
Spring Semester (January through May): November 27
Summer (mid-May through mid-August): April 15
Academic Year (September through May): July 31

Full List of Current Internship Listings

Internships page: http://rubinmuseum.org/about/jobs

Job Posting: Curatorial Associate, American Federation of Arts, NYC

The American Federation of Arts is seeking a Curatorial Associate to join its exhibition team.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate curatorial aspects of select exhibitions
  • Review and edit: proposals, checklists, marketing materials and educational didactics in consultation with Curator and Guest Curator
  • Review and edit exhibition catalogue text as needed
  • Draft, negotiate, and execute guest curator and author contracts
  • Update and monitor exhibition budget
  • Work with Curator and Guest Curator on developing list of prospective museums for exhibition tours
  • Work with Registration Department on logistics relating to exhibition tour
  • Liaise with curatorial staff at presenting museums, and respond to issues related to content of exhibition and installation
  • Assist with administrative tasks such as; drafting correspondence, creating and tracking timelines, updating calendars, and responding to queries
  • Input, edit and update various lists and forms in the exhibitions database (checklists, lender lists, etc.)
  • Initiate and complete documentation related to loan negotiation
  • Secure rights and reproduction permissions and other materials for exhibition publications and educational materials
  • Assist in research for exhibitions as requested
  • Assist with content of ArtViews panel series
  • Participate in Exhibitions Department Meetings and other staff meetings as required
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Master’s Degree in Art History or similar field from accredited educational institution required.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a museum setting either in the Education or Curatorial areas
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize workload and handle many tasks simultaneously
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, Filemaker (or other database management software), PowerPoint
  • Keen attention to detail

Application Deadline: July 15, 2016

Application Instructions / Public Contact Information: To apply, submit cover letter and resume to kcrispin@afaweb.org.

Full post: http://www.nyfa.org/Jobs/Show/f0d10919-af5a-4d3d-b77c-c5fd71bc8210