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The Minneapolis Institute of Arts offers unpaid volunteer internships for individuals considering or pursuing careers in museum work. Candidates who have completed at least two years of college coursework and have relevant skills, interests, or experiences are eligible to apply.

As a prerequisite for curatorial or education internships, candidates must have completed a minimum of three art history courses. Undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students or candidates who meet these minimum requirements may apply. Candidates need not be a current student.

“Completing this internship provided me with a great opportunity to explore the field. I enjoyed developing new and valuable skills, such as writing object labels, which will be displayed for visitors in the future. I also learned a lot from knowledgeable professionals about the objects our department curates. My project researching the Lakota winter count was engaging and gave me a way to make an important contribution to the Education and AOA departments.”

Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote
Intern, Africa and the Americas

Internships may last from one to 12 months, with a minimum time commitment of 20 hours per week. Intern positions are typically project-oriented within a specific department. The program acquaints interns with various functions, programs, and departments of the museum. Students often arrange academic credit for their experience through their college or university.

Internship availability is determined by staff need and by the number of challenging intern projects. Past interns have worked in many museum departments, including Curatorial, Learning & Innovation, External Affairs, and Development. For more information on museum careers, visit: www.aam-us.org/aboutmuseums/abc.cfm#careers

Interns may indicate particular areas of interest on the application form. Each department listed considers candidates for internships.

The application deadlines are:

October 1 (winter/spring internships beginning in January)
March 1 (summer internships beginning in May or June)
June 1 (fall/winter internships beginning in September)

The application materials required are: the completed application and essay, a recent résumé, academic transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Student copies of college transcripts are acceptable. Academic letters of recommendation are preferred.

All application materials should be submitted via e-mail. All materials must be received by the appropriate deadline. Please include your name and the application period to which you are applying in the e-mail message’s subject line. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to internships@artsmia.org by the letter’s author.

For more information contact:

Intern Coordinator
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
(612) 870-3176

Applications will be available beginning August 24, 2015