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Image: Cali Stuckey, Outreach and Audience Engagement Intern


August 15 for fall semester (September 1–November 4)
December 15 for spring semester (February 6–April 10)
April 25 for summer semester (June 5–August 7)

The NCMA has moved to a hybrid virtual/on-site internship program. We are excited to offer you the opportunity to have an NCMA staff mentor, docent support, and a virtual cohort of intern peers.

While you are learning and supporting the NCMA, you will be offered enrichment activities that may include virtual coffees with the director and presentations from staff in departments across the Museum. You will also experience virtual tours of the galleries and the conservation lab. Depending on the internship and the needs of specific supervisors, some of the positions may be fully virtual, while others will be on-site with some virtual elements. On-site activities listed in the department-specific descriptions will be modified at the discretion of internship supervisors. Your internship will culminate in a presentation for staff and other interns.


College students, recent graduates, graduate students, and nontraditional students are encouraged to apply. Although it is not generally required that interns have an art or art history major, Museum departments may individualize their requirements. Eligibility varies for each internship term.

Application Requirements 


Please email internships@ncartmuseum.org with any questions. 

  • Cover letter, including your first and second Museum department preferences. If two departments are not listed, you will be considered for only one department. If you are open to any available internships, please make note of that as well, as it will provide more opportunities for you.
  • Up-to-date résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from a professor or professional reference. Allow ample time to request letters.
    References: SUBMIT HERE
  • Transcript of undergraduate or graduate records. Official or unofficial transcripts are accepted. Applicants must have a 2.8 average on a 4.0 scale.

You must include all of the above items. If any are missing, you will not be considered for an internship. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your complete application. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Review Process

Once the deadline has passed, Museum staff members review application materials. Finalists are contacted for interviews within about six weeks after the deadline. Final decisions are typically made within one month after that.

The frequency and number of internships available varies. A department may be unable to offer an internship for a particular semester, for varying reasons, even after an opening has been posted. You will be notified if your chosen department is not able to offer an internship.

Time Requirement 

Interns must be available to work approximately 15 hours per week with flexible schedules. Refer to the individual department descriptions for hourly commitments.

Academic Credit 

Some colleges give credit for internships. Students are responsible for arranging with their schools to receive credit. Internships are unpaid. Select internships for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are available as paid opportunities; please see specific internship descriptions.

Spring Internships

Summer 2023

Applicants must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students with a major in one of the following art specialties: 1) art history, with an interest in 20th-century and contemporary art; knowledge of post-2000 global arts desirable, or 2) museum studies, with an interest in curatorial projects.

10–20 hours per week, flexible schedule

Dependent upon academic background, interests, and talents of the intern. Will include some or all of the following:

  • Research and write on objects in the Museum’s collection and on potential acquisitions.
  • Research and provide other substantive assistance related to planning special exhibitions and collection installations.
  • Help with exhibition development for smaller, collection-based exhibitions.
  • Assist with additional research and writing needs as requested.

Summer 2023

This internship is designed for college juniors, seniors, or graduate students with an interest in accessibility or art education. The participant will work under the guidance of the manager of interpretation, diversity, and accessibility as well as the accessibility coordinator to assist in accessibility initiatives related to programming and visitor experience both in the galleries and within the Museum Park. Additional responsibilities will be dependent upon academic background, interests, and talents of the intern.

Spring 2023


Interns must be currently enrolled in a master’s of library science (MLS/MLIS) program. No cataloging or library experience required.


The position is planned to be fully on-site, but hybrid work is possible. At least three days per work week must be on-site.


The library cataloging intern will:

  • Assist in improving or creating records for various facets of the library’s collections, including newly purchased monographs, rare books, and artist files.
  • Help with retrospective conversion of print records from the former card catalog to the library’s OPAC.
  • Learn to copy catalog new monographs and select rare books using OCLC Connexion.
  • Inventory a selection of artist files and begin to generate original records.

Spring 2023


Applicants must have completed their first year of college with coursework in marketing, communications, public relations, journalism, or related study. Writing and social media experience is extremely beneficial.


15 hours per week, flexible schedule


Dependent upon academic background, interests, and talents of the intern. Will include some or all of the following:

  • Write news releases about Museum exhibitions, educational programs, and performing arts events.
  • Brainstorm ideas and write posts for Circa, the NCMA blog.
  • Assist with the distribution of press kits and related materials.
  • Locate and record press clips.
  • Assist with writing and distribution of promotional materials such as flyers, posters, digital graphics, and brochures.
  • Manage and develop promotions for Museum exhibitions and events.
  • Engage in marketing and communications–related research projects.
  • Develop content and strategy for organic and paid posts and long-form content for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.
  • Build community and media lists.

Spring 2023


  • Assist the manager of Park programs in executing a diverse array of outdoor experiences for a variety of audiences and age ranges in the beautiful 164-acre Museum Park. The Park contains sculptures, trails, and a dynamic setting for recreation, environmental education, mindfulness, and arts-based engagements.
  • Help inform content, complete administrative tasks, and manage day-of logistical needs for programs such as the Great Backyard Bird Count, Family Campout, Tai Chi in the Park, Outdoor Yoga, Full Moon Walk, and more.
  • Create an original outdoor program or experience the fits within the framework of the Museum Park.

Spring 2023


10–15 hours per week, hybrid schedule


  • Assist the manager of teen and college programs with the activities of the NCMA Teen Arts Council, which includes the design and implementation of the annual teen takeover, Artscene.
  • Assist with college programs at the NCMA scheduled during the spring semester.

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