The Minneapolis Institute of Art 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:

When possible, we will list specific departments seeking an intern and the project(s) for that department. Interns may indicate preferences on the application form.

When specific offerings are not available, please use the following list of museum divisions that typically accept interns. Below each is a partial list of the types of activities interns may work on.

  • Curatorial
    • Object research
    • Label writing
    • Exhibition-related research
    • Inventory collections
    • Artist research
    • Preparing grant materials
  • Curatorial Departments
    • Africa, Native America
    • Contemporary Art
    • Decorative Arts, Textiles, Sculpture
    • Paintings
    • Photography, New Media
    • Prints & Drawings
    • Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program
    • Chinese, South and Southeast Asian Art
    • Japanese and Korean Art
  • Learning Innovation
    • Designing and editing self-guided school tours
    • Assisting with Docent training
    • Refining Art Carts (hands-on in-gallery participatory experiences)
    • Program Evaluation
    • Label writing
    • Visitor tracking
  • Audience Engagement
    • Social media content creation
    • Grassroots marketing research and implementation
    • Event coordination and implementation
  • Advancement
    • Donor research
    • Corporation research
  • Media and Technology
    • Video filming, editing, production
    • Web development, software development
    • Photography, Photogrammetry, Digital Asset Management

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 or through our online form. 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 by the letter’s author.

For more information contact:

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