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.

How to Apply:

Apply Now
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

Current Opportunities

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

Library/Cataloging Internship

Education: Current MLS graduate student or recent graduate Purpose: To assist the Librarian with cataloging the Museum’s extensive library holdings and with other library projects as needed, to provide experience in cataloging and a greater understanding of the multi-faceted workings

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