Internships at the North Carolina Museum of Art provide opportunities to qualified undergraduate and graduate students to become familiar with and actively contribute to the inner workings of an art museum. They offer a challenging learning experience and promote awareness of museum careers. Internships are unpaid, but students gain valuable experience working at the Museum and may be able to earn educational credits for their work.
“It has been a joy to intern at NCMA. The program did a fantastic job of giving us a broad experience of the museum, including several opportunities to explore departments outside of our designated position.”
Laura, Summer 2011, Education intern
"I cannot express enough how honored and privileged I feel to have been a contributor at the NCMA. Thank you so much for this wonderful experience."
Baylee, Fall 2013, Marketing and Communications intern
Who is eligible?
Internships are open to current and rising college juniors and seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students. Although it is not generally required that interns have an art or art history major, Museum departments may individualize their requirements according to their needs. Eligibility varies for each internship term.
How do I apply?
Be sure your application includes all of the following items:
- Cover letter, including your first and second Museum department preferences.
- Up-to-date resume
- Two letters of recommendation, preferably from a professor or professional reference. If necessary, in the interest of time, letters may be e-mailed to the internship coordinator with subject line “reference letter for internship applicant xxx=your name.” Allow ample time to request letters of recommendation.
- Transcript of undergraduate or graduate records. Official and unofficial transcripts are accepted.
All requested materials must be mailed in one envelope by the application deadline. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt of your complete application.
Note that the deadline is the date by which applications must be postmarked. The Museum will not review applications submitted after the deadline date.
What is the application review process?
Once the deadline has passed, Museum staff members review application materials. Finalists are contacted for interviews within about six weeks after deadline. Final decisions are typically made within one month after that.
The number and frequency of internships available varies from department to department. A department may be unable to offer an internship for a particular semester, for varying reasons, even after an opening has been posted online. You will be notified if your chosen department is not able to offer an internship.
Still have questions? Email our internship coordinator, or call (919) 664-6776.