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Careers in Art History Spring Internships

Deadline for applications: Friday, February 26, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. EST

Undergraduate students and recent graduates from all backgrounds who wish to gain professional experience working in art museums and art history and conservation research centers are invited to apply for a paid professional development internship. No prior museum experience is required to apply. The program will take place entirely online.


Participants will have the opportunity to learn about curatorial practice, collections management, art conservation, social media outreach, oral history, public relations, archival practices, research programs, and digital and print publications. The internships will provide a broad overview of professional opportunities and skills that are useful not only in the field of art history but also museum studies, conservation, history, and architecture, with the aim of making these skills transferable to other pursuits as well.

This program is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at an educational institution in the USA, Canada, or Mexico; students who are on pause from coursework while enrolled in an academic program; and recent graduate (within one year) based in the USA, Canada or Mexico. Students or recent graduates of two-year colleges, four-year colleges/universities, professional, technical, vocational, and trade schools, advanced degree programs, and other educational institutions offering qualifying degrees or certificates are eligible to apply.



Scope of the award


Up to twenty awards will be made and interns will work together in groups. Each internship will last for four weeks, with daily Zoom sessions of two hours each, which will introduce participants to a variety of museum practices and career paths. There will be additional time for group discussion and independent work, culminating in several creative, practical projects. Each week, interns will be hosted by a different institution. All interns will be assigned a mentor for the duration of their internship. At the end of the program, a career development and résumé-writing workshop will be provided, and all interns will make a brief presentation on a project they completed.


Interns will receive a stipend of $1,300 (USD).


The internships will be offered this year from March 29 to April 30, 2021 (with a break the week of April 12).



Application process


Applications must be submitted online and include a résumé detailing educational background and work/volunteer experience (if any), as well as contact information for one reference who will be contacted for shortlisted candidates. References should be able to speak to the applicant’s academic abilities and interests.


Applications can be submitted online here: (Google account required)


Further details about the internship can be found here:



About the Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH)


ARIAH is a consortium of 28 museums and research centers based in North America. ARIAH’s goal is to promote scholarship in art history and related disciplines, and to foster exchange among scholars, curators, and art historians from different parts of the world.


The following ARIAH institutions are participating in the spring 2021 Careers in Art History Internship Program: Canadian Centre for ArchitectureCenter for Creative PhotographyClark Art InstituteThe Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical GardensThe Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Phillips CollectionSmithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery; and The Wolfsonian–Florida International University (FIU).



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