The Museum of Arts and Design has a long-standing history of supporting internships that provide meaningful, engaging and project-based opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level students throughout the year.  These positions are available in several departments and allow the participants to gain invaluable work experience at a non-profit visual arts organization as they prepare to continue their studies, pursue careers in the arts, or apply their experience to other fields.

General Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Attend an institution of learning with courses leading to a degree, certificate or diploma
  • Applicants are eligible during periods when school is not in session, if:
    • Applicants were students the previous semester
    • Applicants have not yet graduated or completed educational requirements of the program
    • Applicants have graduated, but are starting a new academic program within six months
  • Be a US citizen or completing residence requirements for a degree such as those required of medical or pharmaceutical students

Internship Sessions

SUMMER: Start week of June 1

FALL: Start week of September 15


Education Department: Interpretive Programs Intern

Interpretive programs and materials help deepen visitors understanding and relationship with objects on view. These include such things as audio guides and gallery brochures, but also the preparation of gallery guides and special programs associated with exhibitions. Additionally, interpretation has a strong visitor experience component that considers closely visitor expectation, behavior and experience.

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Interpretive programs are also concerned with providing consistency in interpretive offerings, consistency in institutional voice, maintaining a strong understanding of educational theory and pedagogy, and translating curatorial content into tangible tools and programs that enrich the visitors experience. Interns reporting to the Manager of Interpretation will:

  • Conduct research related to exhibitions and help to translate artist statements and contextual information into usable resources for gallery guides such as docents and artist educators
  • Gather analytical information about visitor experience, behavior and engagement in exhibitions such as observations and short interviews
  • Review interpretative materials and provide feedback; research interpretive tools at other institutions
  • Participate in training opportunities to deepen knowledge and understanding of museum education, including: docent and educator training sessions, doing gallery worksheets and conducting program observations
  • Prepare reports, summaries and excel worksheets that will help the museum improve the quality of their interpretive tools
  • Assist with administrative responsibilities associated with interpretative programs
  • Must be available 2-3 days a week

To apply for this internship please send a cover letter, writing sample and resume to carli.beseau@madmuseum.org with “Education and Interpretation Intern” in the subject line. Cover letters should outline specific interest in this internship, along with qualifications and skills indicative of a strong candidateship for this opportunity. Writing samples should be no longer than five pages and be representative of skills as a researcher, communicator and translator of ideas into concise, meaningful content. Please also include availability (semester or a full academic year internship).

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.