The Museum offers unpaid internships for undergraduates, graduate students, as well as recent graduates, during the fall and spring semesters and in the summer. Availability is dependent upon departmental requests and specific responsibilities are determined by the needs of the department. Interns work on specific projects, but are introduced to all facets of museum work. Additionally, interns gain practical work experience and a chance to interact with their peers and Museum staff. Museum staff may assist in an intern’s pursuit of academic credit. Each intern will be offered a complimentary 6-month Junior Patron membership.

Summer interns generally work 20 hours per week beginning in late May and ending the last week in July. Fall (September-November) and spring (February-April) semester internship hours are more flexible in order to accommodate class schedules.

Internships are offered in the following departments with availability depending on departmental needs:

  • Administration
  • Communications/Public Relations
  • Curatorial
  • Development
  • Education
  • Library Services/Archives
  • Photography
  • Preparation
  • Registration

Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester (September-November) – Applications due: July 1
Spring Semester (February-April) – Applications due: November 1
Summer (May-July) – Applications due: March 1

How to Apply:

All internship candidates should submit the following:

  • Application form (See links within internship descriptions)
  • A cover letter of interest. Cover letters should indicate which opportunity from the list below the applicant is applying for.
  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words that explains why the applicant is interested in an internship at the Museum, why he/she is applying for a specific internship opportunity, what he/she hopes to achieve from the experience, and what he/she believes he/she can contribute
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of transcripts
  • Resumé (optional)

Application materials that are not attached to the application form should be sent to:

Anne Forschler-Tarrasch
Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd.
Birmingham, AL, 35203-2278

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Current Opportunities

Paid Internship Opportunities

In addition to unpaid internships, Birmingham Museum of Art is able to offer three paid internship opportunities.

Community Engagement Internship

Assist the Artist In Residence in the preparation, administration and facilitation of summer outreach programs. May require some classroom teaching.

Library Internship

Support the day-to-day operations of the Clarence B. Hanson, Jr. Library at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Photography Internship

Support the day-to-day operations of the Photography and Imaging Services department at The Birmingham Museum of Art

Teacher & School Services Internship

Assist the Associate Curator of Education for Teacher & School Services in the preparation of teacher resource materials. The internship may require some classroom teaching, as well.

Visitor Engagement Internship

Work on strategies for engaging onsite and offsite visitors with the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.