Internships

Internships at the NCMA provide opportunities 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. Students gain valuable experience working at the Museum and may be able to earn educational credits for their work.

Image: Cali Stuckey, Outreach and Audience Engagement Intern

Deadlines

Extended to July 15 for Fall Semester
November 15 for Spring Semester
March 15 for Summer Semester

In the fall of 2021, the NCMA is moving to a hybrid virtual/on-site internship program. We are excited to offer you the opportunity to have an NCMA staff mentor, docent mentor, and virtual cohort of intern peers and to complete a research project that will culminate in a unique product and a presentation. While you are learning and supporting the NCMA, you will be offered enrichment activities that may include virtual coffees with the director as well as 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.

Eligibility 

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 

APPLY HERE 

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 the above items. If any are missing, you will not be considered for that 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 number and frequency 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 from 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 are available as paid opportunities; please see specific internship descriptions. 

"My internship with the NCMA provided me with practical curatorial training and broadened my knowledge of the inner workings of an art museum. I loved my time there—thank you!" —Kyle Canter, Curatorial Intern, Fall 2018–Spring 2019

"It has been amazing to see all of the hard work and dedication that goes into a visitor’s experience. I have loved coming in every day and being able to help make those experiences special. Being surrounded by people who are just as passionate as you makes coming to work that much more enjoyable. This internship has truly cemented that I want to pursue a museum career." —Hanna Levy, Outreach and Audience Engagement Intern, 2019

"My time as a curatorial intern gave me my first opportunity to design an exhibition, work with docents, and learn the more practical matters of managing a collection. I still draw on this experience daily as I work on my own exhibition designs for the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Moreover, it was a really fun environment!" —Zoe Ortiz Jenkins, Curatorial Intern in Ancient Art, 2015

Internship Opportunities

Available spring 2022

Hybrid

PREFERENCES

It is preferred that applicants be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students with an interest in accessibility, art, or art education. This internship is also available for individuals not currently enrolled in school who are able to articulate why an internship at the North Carolina Museum of Art would be valuable to them.

The NCMA is committed to diversifying its education interns to adequately reflect its diverse audiences; therefore we encourage candidates with disablities and varied cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds and experiences, especially those that have been historically underrepresented among museum professionals.

REQUIREMENTS

Must have access to a computer and be able to use Zoom, Google Meet, or Microsoft Teams for communication.

TIME COMMITMENT

15 hours per week

RESPONSIBILITIES

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

  • Researching and writing about art and accessibility in the arts.
  • Assisting Museum educators in planning, coordinating, and implementing programs to make them more accessible.
  • Assisting with contract writing and working with outside vendors (e.g., ASL interpreters, live captioning groups).
  • Designing hands-on art activities, resources, and lesson plans for special education teachers.

Available spring 2022

Hybrid

PREFERENCES

The Advancement department of the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc. serves to further the Museum’s mission by providing support from individual, foundation, and corporate donors and growing our membership. Departmental goals include fund-raising from donors and members, providing stewardship to donors, and cultivating a culture of philanthropy throughout the Museum.

TIME COMMITMENT

15 hours a week, flexible schedule

RESPONSIBILITIES

Assist members of the department as needed with:

  • Organization of written materials for membership and stewardship
  • Data input
  • Meeting agendas and minutes
  • General assistance during events

Available spring 2022

Hybrid

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have completed their first year of college. Driver’s license and reliable and clean transportation a necessity. We reimburse for gas and mileage.

TIME COMMITMENT

Needs prior to the main summer season may vary, but at maximum six hours per week, with the exception of production days. A typical concert day begins at 10 am and ends about 1 am. We offer some flexibility as long as you are available to work a minimum of 10 hours on those days.

RESPONSIBILITIES

While we navigate potential restrictions due to COVID-19, we will be doing virtual concerts and other programming, which can largely be supported from home. These responsibilities may include artist research and other administrative tasks. For production days, tasks will include hospitality shopping the day before as well as onsite work alongside a masked production crew and artists.

The following items apply to the regular summer season, once we are able to continue:

  • Research, filing, data entry, and additional administrative tasks. Can be done from home.
  • Operating very simple technical/lighting equipment and being available for concert prep on afternoons and concert days and nights.
  • Providing transportation for musicians to and from airport and running errands with or for them or their crew.
  • On show days: remaining flexible regarding periods of less activity but also being ready to jump when given a task. Being 100 percent reliable no matter what the activity level.
  • Remaining calm and maintaining a level head and positive attitude through occasional stressful moments.
  • Some light physical labor with setting up merchandise goods, lights, chairs, tables. You will have stage labor and staff help available to you for this.
  • Driving a golf cart/gator. Very simple, low speed. We train you.
  • Coordinating with volunteers to make sure they have guest lists and other items.
  • Communicating with Box Office.
  • Marketing: live tweeting and building our Twitter following/account. Telling the story of our venue and audience experience. Possibly distributing fliers and developing guerrilla marketing and social media strategies. (We especially want to focus on gaining customer testimonials and photos/Instagram videos following events. Sometimes the best marketing happens after the event ends.)
  • Evaluating customer comments from our postevent surveys and making recommendations for the future.
  • Attending some event planning meetings with Box Office, Security, Catering, Marketing, and Housekeeping teams.
  • Grocery and supply shopping for bands on the days prior to show days.
  • Assistance with greenroom and dressing room setup and cleanup. Assistance with general hospitality: being a good, friendly, calm, and trustworthy host.
  • Sometimes selling merchandise for artists if you have prior retail experience and are interested (this is paid by our visiting artists).
  • Community inreach/outreach; possibly visiting with community advisors to help make our events genuinely welcoming to all visitors.
  • Any special projects that you would like to propose.

Available spring 2022

Hybrid

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The frame project aims to collect and organize the history of frames in the collection of the NCMA. The Museum’s frame collection includes numerous antiques, many of which appear to be original to their paintings; period frames acquired for specific paintings; restored frames; frames created specifically for our paintings; and frames acquired without associated paintings.

Information about the frames, from many different sources (including extensive hard-copy and digital records), is not systematically organized. Frames do not have systematic identifying numbers and are not generally part of The Museum System (TMS), except when associated with a painting. Interns working on the frame project will help organize existing information, add to that information to the extent possible, and establish a numbering system for frames.

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be college juniors or seniors or graduate students. Required skills: good organization, communication, and computer skills (Word, Excel, Photoshop). Preferred skills: documentary experience (interviews, recordings, video) and knowledge of art history.

TIME COMMITMENT

15 hours a week, flexible schedule

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create a numbering or identification system, coordinated through Registration.
  • Organize existing digital frame records and information.
  • Digitize existing analog frame records and documentation.
  • Cross-reference frame information with associated paintings.
  • Interview former NCMA frame conservator David Beaudin. Record, document, and organize the information he relates.
  • Interview curators and art historians as appropriate.

Not available spring 2022

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students with a major in either 1) art history, with an interest in African, diaspora, or modern and contemporary art; knowledge of global arts desirable, OR 2) museum studies, with an interest in curatorial projects.

TIME COMMITMENT

One semester, with flexible schedule, 10–20 hours per week

RESPONSIBILITIES

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 potential acquisitions.
  • Research and provide other substantive assistance related to planning special exhibitions and permanent collection installations.
  • Assist in development of smaller, permanent collection–based exhibitions.
  • Assist with building and organizing departmental files and records.
  • Conduct additional research and writing as requested.

Available spring 2022

Hybrid

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students with a major in one of the following ancient art specialties:

1. Classical art or archaeology with an interest in Egyptology

OR

2. Ancient American art or archaeology interest in Andean material culture

TIME COMMITMENT

One semester, with flexible schedule, 10–20 hours per week

RESPONSIBILITIES

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 potential acquisitions.
  • Research and provide other substantive assistance related to planning special exhibitions and permanent collection installations.
  • Create a “virtual exhibition” for a blog post.
  • Assist with ongoing ancient art–related publication or conservation projects.

Not available spring 2022

REQUIREMENTS

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 modern and contemporary art. Knowledge of global arts, post-1980s, desirable.

OR

2. Museum studies with an interest in curatorial projects.

TIME COMMITMENT

15 hours a week, flexible schedule

RESPONSIBILITIES

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 potential acquisitions
  • Research and provide other substantive assistance related to planning special exhibitions and permanent collection installations
  • Exhibition development for smaller, permanent collection-based exhibitions
  • Additional research and writing needs as requested

Not available spring 2022

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students with a major or minor in art history or history and special interest or expertise in at least one of the following subject areas:

  • European art, especially painting or sculpture
  • Arts of the Mediterranean world
  • History of Europe or the Mediterranean world
  • Medieval and Renaissance studies
  • Material culture of Europe
  • Classical studies

Graduate students in divinity degree programs with an interest in art history are also welcome.

TIME COMMITMENT

15 hours a week, flexible schedule

RESPONSIBILITIES

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

  • Research on objects in the Museum’s collection.
  • Provenance research on objects in the Museum’s collection or potential acquisitions.
  • Research and administrative assistance related to planning special exhibitions and permanent collection installations.
  • Additional research and writing as requested.

Available August 1–December 31, 2022

On-site, with some virtual work options

Paid; stipend: $5,000

Reports to deputy director

TIME COMMITMENT

20 hours per week; work schedule is flexible

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate distribution of the children’s book The Museum Lives in Me to 1,329 public elementary school libraries and 203 NC Cardinal libraries. This includes coordination with the NCMA mail room manager and knowledge of in-house mailing systems.
  • Communicate directly with librarians or other personnel at each of the 1,532 sites, ensuring proper addresses and recipients. This communication may also involve the NC Department of Public Instruction and the State Library of North Carolina.
  • Maintain accurate records of all communication, shipping, and related expenses.
  • Coordinate with the NCMA education team to ensure accompanying educator and student materials are mailed with the text.
  • Coordinate with the deputy director to evaluate mailings alongside the team’s travel schedule to ascertain whether books and materials can be hand delivered rather than mailed.
  • Collaborate with the deputy director to determine additional sites and partners to whom the text and materials can be distributed.

Available spring 2022; internship runs January–August 2022

Hybrid

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be graduate students or juniors or seniors in college. They should have significant experience with writing and research. Previous experience with art history and writing for various audiences across different topics is desirable.

TIME COMMITMENT

Up to 15 hours a week, flexible schedule

RESPONSIBILITIES

This internship lives between interpretation and the docent program within the Education department. It is unique, as the intern works closely with multiple departments across the Museum.

  • Work with docents and staff to brainstorm ideas for audio tours
  • Draft audio tours with direction from docents and staff
  • Source voice talent for audio tours

Available spring 2022

Hybrid

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students with an art history background. Major may be art history, studio art, art education, museum studies, or arts administration.

TIME COMMITMENT

15 hours a week, flexible schedule

RESPONSIBILITIES

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

  • Research and writing on objects in the Museum's collection.
  • Assistance to Museum educators in planning, coordinating, and implementing programs.
  • Designing hands-on activities and resources.

Available spring 2022

Hybrid and virtual

REQUIREMENTS

The education school tour internship is a vital part of ensuring the success of the robust school tour program at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Students with majors in education, art education, or museum studies are encouraged to apply. Requirements include strong written and oral communication skills and attention to detail.

TIME COMMITMENT

15 hours per week, Monday–Friday

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist with development of school tours.
  • Help create materials for tours.
  • Organize training materials and courses for tour guides.

Available summer only

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students with an art history background. Previous experience working with children and a background in art or outdoor recreation is preferred.

TIME COMMITMENT

One semester, with flexible schedule, 20–30 hours per week

RESPONSIBILITIES

Dependent upon academic background, interests and talents of the intern. The summer camp aide will work with camp assistants, instructors, volunteers, and NCMA education staff. Intern will help manage campers (ages 6–12) throughout the day, inside the Museum and outdoors, and provide support for instructors with preparation and organization of materials.

Not available spring 2022

REQUIREMENTS

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Familiarity with document management systems; experience using scanners
  • Knowledge of basic archival principles of processing, organizing, cataloging, and describing records
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong verbal and written communication, and the ability to work independently
  • Interest in NCMA history and/or philanthropy a plus

TIME COMMITMENT

One semester, 15 hours per week, flexible schedule

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist with records management and digitization and archiving related to the Museum’s executive office, Board of Trustees, and Foundation Board records

Not available spring 2022

REQUIREMENTS

This intern works with the manager of film and lecture programs. The candidate should be a college junior or senior, a graduate student, or a recent graduate. Applicants should be passionate about film and eager to learn more about film programming.

TIME COMMITMENT

One semester, 15 hours per week, flexible schedule. Some weekend availability may be required.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Help coordinate logistics to execute the fall indoor film series.
  • Help manage print trafficking for films.
  • Help with outreach efforts to promote film screenings.
  • Assist manager of film and lecture programs with the programming of the winter film series.
  • Assist on-site at film screenings as needed.
  • Help research films, filmmakers, and film distributors.

Not available spring 2022

REQUIREMENTS

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

TIME COMMITMENT

15 hours a week, flexible schedule

RESPONSIBILITIES

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 blog 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.
  • ​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.

Not available spring 2022

PREFERENCES

The Member, Visitor Experience, and Retail Department serves visitors and members in person, online, through email, and by phone. We focus on creating welcoming experiences for all, and service is at the heart of all we offer. The team also oversees volunteers, docents, and tour experiences. If you are focused on hospitality, the power of community, and the importance of inclusivity, please consider applying.

REQUIREMENTS

This is an on-site opportunity, and you will interact with the public daily. Any year in college is welcome, and a true love for service and hospitality is a must.

TIME COMMITMENT

15 hours per week

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work in the Museum Store, helping to create shopping experiences that are welcoming, inclusive, and offer visitors the ability to take their Museum experience home.
  • Serve at our ticket desks, welcoming visitors and assisting them through the ticket purchasing process.
  • Share the value and mission of NCMA Membership and assist with the purchase process.
  • Train in Tessitura, the Museum’s CRM.
  • Assist with Store inventory and shipping needs.
  • Interact with and assist in training volunteers.
  • Collaborate on new initiatives.
  • Create one unique project to provide a sense of ownership and be prepared to share results at the completion of the internship.

Available spring 2022

Hybrid and virtual

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree with coursework in statistics, research methods, evaluation, education research, instructional design, or related study. Excel, SPSS, and QDAMiner experience is extremely beneficial.

TIME COMMITMENT

One semester, 15 hours per week, flexible schedule

RESPONSIBILITIES

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

  • Conduct intercept interviews.
  • Draft questionnaires, interview protocols, and other data collection instruments.
  • Conduct program evaluations of Education, Outreach, and Audience Engagement offerings.
  • Collect, clean, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data using SPSS, Excel, and QDAMiner.
  • Conduct literature reviews and write evaluation reports for program improvement and impact.
  • Submit a poster presentation to the American Evaluation Association.
  • Present accepted proposals at AEA’s annual conference.

Not available spring 2022

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have completed their first year of college with coursework in horticulture, landscape architecture, parks and recreation, ecology, or other relevant area.

TIME COMMITMENT

15 hours a week, flexible schedule

RESPONSIBILITIES

This internship is in the Museum Park. Dependent upon academic background, interests, and talents, the intern can expect to be involved in some or all of the following:

  • Assist with best management practices in horticultural care in the Museum Park, including watering, fertilizing, monitoring soil moisture, pruning, integrated pest management, and planting.
  • Assist with volunteer work days.
  • Interact with visitors to answer questions and provide excellent customer service.
  • Conduct visual observations or surveys to collect data on visitor demographics.
  • Conduct ecological research in the Museum’s natural areas.
  • Assist with Park mapping and wayfinding information via GPS and Arc GIS.

Available spring, summer, and fall

Hybrid

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students with a background in education, communications, or other field that relates to intern responsibilities. Must be comfortable with social media and experienced in working with a team.

TIME COMMITMENT

One semester, 15 hours per week

RESPONSIBILITIES

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

  • Work with the director of outreach and audience engagement in the creation of interactive and engaging programs for college audiences, both virtual and in person.
  • Collaborate with the College Advisory Panel in the creation of college programming.
  • Collaborate on the facilitation of the Teen Arts Council, which includes programming around environmental art and teen tours of the galleries.

Available spring 2022

Hybrid

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students. Previous experience working with children is required. Studio art, art history, art education experience preferred.

TIME COMMITMENT

15 hours a week, flexible schedule

RESPONSIBILITIES

Projects change depending on the intern and exhibition schedule. In general, internships include:

  • Assisting with planning, research, and administrative support for a variety of family programs.
  • Providing programmatic assistance for teaching artists and Museum staff through materials prep.
  • Learning about Museum education and audience engagement methodologies and career paths.

Unavailable for spring 2022

On-site

DESCRIPTION

Are you interested in finding out what happens behind the scenes at the NCMA? The Registration Department has principal oversight of the permanent collection and provides crucial back-of-house support for a dynamic changing exhibition schedule.

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students. Computer skills are necessary, including Windows Office, especially Word and Excel. Collections database experience is a plus.

TIME COMMITMENT

One semester, with flexible schedule, 10–15 hours per week

RESPONSIBILITIES

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

  • Assist with processing of forms related to loans and exhibitions such as receipts, loan agreements, condition report forms.
  • Be a part of the exhibitions team during installation/deinstallation in the galleries.
  • Assist with annual inventory of the NCMA collection, including updating the collections database locations (summer only).
  • Provide support on other projects as needed.

Available spring 2022

Hybrid

REQUIREMENTS

Applicant must provide a  link to a demo reel within the cover letter, and must be a sophomore, junior, or senior.

TIME COMMITMENT

10–15 hours per week with flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research and analyze industrywide museum standards for video marketing.
  • Create and produce video for ongoing museum series.
  • Archive VHS videos into digital format.
  • Conceive, create, and complete a project of applicant’s choosing.

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