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Curatorial Internship for Museum Diversity (summer 2021)

Type: Internships [View all]
Posted by: Asheville Art Museum
Deadline: Mon, March 1st, 2021

The Asheville Art Museum is excited to offer the following internship opportunity this summer. The priority application deadline is March 1; for more information and to apply, visit


This internship broadens opportunities for students who are passionate about a career in the arts and whose backgrounds or experiences are underrepresented in the museum field. This intern will gain valuable professional experience by working alongside the Curatorial team on the Museum’s growing Black Mountain College Collection, which includes 1000+ artworks and ephemeral materials by 100+ artists. Objects include but are not limited to paintings, textiles, furniture, works on paper, and sculptures. Projects include:

--Assist with the documentation and care of BMC Collection materials, such as condition-reporting, record-keeping, art-handling, and inventory.

--Assist with a specialized project focused on in-depth research into the 100+ BMC artists represented in the Collection, including expanding information on copyright status, artist contact and representation, and artist biographical information. Work extensively with accession files and the Museum’s collection-management database, EmbARK.

--Contribute original research towards the Museum’s publicly searchable online database, WebKiosk, with a particular focus on updated artist biographies and materials for the forthcoming Digital Black Mountain College Collection and Interconnective Timeline portion of the Museum’s website.

--Research and present a gallery talk or other public program relating to BMC Collection.

This opportunity is open to current graduate students and recent graduates of graduate-level programs (within one year of graduation) interested in materials related to BMC and/or artists, ideas, or other areas of research with direct or indirect ties to BMC. Interns should also be interested in developing their skills in research, database management, museum record-keeping, art-handling, condition-reporting, and inventory procedures. Interns should be self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented with good computer skills and a knack for precision.

To apply, candidates should submit all materials for an internship at the Museum (see Recognizing that diversity is multifaceted, applicants should also address in their letter of interest how their unique experiences and perspectives will contribute to diversity at the Asheville Art Museum and the museum field in general.

This 220-hour internship includes a stipend of $2,640 to offset moving, parking, transportation, and/or other expenses associated with the internship.



As part of its longstanding education program, the Museum’s internship program aims to give interns real-world experience and insight so that their transition from student to professional is supported, informed, and encouraged. This goal is achieved by:

--Providing current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates (within one year of graduation) and high-school students, opportunities to collaborate with Museum staff on projects related to the arts, arts education, and arts administration.

--Introducing interns to the broad spectrum of museum work and to Museum staff, departments, programs, and operations.

Interns are an integral part of the Museum’s community, helping staff and visitors in many ways. In addition, the Museum seeks to reach underserved populations that have limited access to arts and professional-development opportunities in the arts.

Internships are offered during the summer, spring, and fall semesters, and during the academic year. Internships are available most semesters in each department of the Museum—Communications, Curatorial, Development, Education, and Museum Store & Visitor Services—and occasionally for special projects. Please see our openings below for specific information about upcoming semesters.

In addition to interning under the guidance of staff on projects that support individual departments in the Museum, summer interns participate in a robust professional development program during the months of June and July. Weekly Lunch & Learns are scheduled with each Museum department, giving interns an opportunity to explore the range of museum work, to meet and network with current museum professionals, to get useful advice for putting classroom knowledge into practice, and to develop interviewing and networking skills. Complementary weekly field trips may include an Urban Trail walking tour, artists’ studio visits, behind-the-scenes tours of local museums/cultural institutions, and other networking opportunities.

Posted on Mon, January 11th, 2021
Expires on Mon, March 1st, 2021

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