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.

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester (September-November) – Applications due: August 1
Spring Semester (February-April) – Applications due: December 1
Summer (May-July) – Applications due: April 1

How to Apply:

All internship candidates should submit the following:

  • Application form (See links within internship descriptions)
  • A brief letter of interest.
  • 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 recent 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

Current Opportunities

Special Events Coordinator Internship

Deadline extended to April 24. Under the direction of the Special Events Manager, the intern will gain valuable knowledge and experience learning the day to day responsibilities of working in a special events office. The intern will assist with internal

Development/Art On The Rocks Internship

Education: Undergraduate or graduate student Area of Study: Marketing, business, or public administration preferred Purpose: Work with the Development Events Manager on the Museum’s highly successful summer program Art On The Rocks Responsibilities: • Work with the Development Events Manager

The Goodrich Internship (Paid)

The Goodrich Internship is made possible by the Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation.  The Goodrich Internship provides undergraduates or graduate students in art, art history, museum studies or related fields the chance to explore the possibilities of a museum career.

UAB/BMA Curatorial Fellowship (Paid)

UAB/BMA Fellows are graduate students in the Art History department at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, who have already developed an area of concentration within their studies. The Fellowship gives students the opportunity to spend one year working in the

Education/Visitor Engagement Internship

Education: Advanced undergraduate (junior/senior), graduate student, or recent graduate Area of Study: Art history, art education, or museum studies preferred Purpose: To work on strategies for engaging onsite and offsite visitors with the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Depending on

Curatorial/Modern and Contemporary Art Internship

Education: Advanced undergraduate (senior) or graduate student Area of Study: Art History, with an interest in modern and contemporary art Purpose: Support the day-to-day curatorial tasks of the Modern and Contemporary art collection Responsibilities: Assist with research and planning for

Photography Internship

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

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) to provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants for employment with the BMA and to BMA staff without regard to sex, race, color, religious belief, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotions, termination, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Commitment to Diversity

The Birmingham Museum of Art is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination. The BMA is a diverse community in terms of race and ethnicity, culture, religion, personal values and traditions. BMA values this diversity recognizing that our differences contribute to our strength as an agency serving a diverse population. It is to this end that the BMA is committed to non-discrimination and advocates for an environment of tolerance with regard to cultural and personal differences. It is our belief that every employee has the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and self-worth and that it is in our best interest as an agency serving the public good to act in a manner free of bias, exclusion, and discrimination whether on the basis of faith, race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation, or any other personal differences.