The Museum of Arts and Design has a long-standing history of supporting undergraduate and graduate internships that provide meaningful, engaging and project-based opportunities. Internship positions are available in several departments and allow 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

Applicant must attend an institution of learning with courses leading to a degree, certificate or diploma. Applicant is eligible during periods when school is not in session only under the following conditions: they were students the previous semester, they have not yet graduated or completed program requirements, or they have graduated, but are starting a new academic program within six months. Applicant must be a US citizen or completing residence requirements for a degree.


Engagement Intern

Education Department

The Museum of Arts and Design is seeking three undergraduate or graduate students for its Engagement Internship opportunity in the Education Department. Interns will report to the Manager of Public and Community Engagement Programs and the Manager of Artist Studios and Docent Programs. Each intern will work at the Museum for two and a half days each week and receive a $1,000 stipend.

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The Engagement Interns will work at MAD from mid-August to mid-December 2017, primarily within the exhibition Studio Views: Craft in the Expanded Field. Interns will focus on engaging visitors in the exhibition space and guiding interpretive experiences. Interns will also participate in several training opportunities, on topics such as how to draft measurable goals for visitor engagement, how to create qualitative and quantitative evaluations, and the best practices for encouraging dialogue and inquiry among visitors with varying backgrounds and experiences. These internships present a great opportunity for students interested in museum education and public programming to gain real-life practice, both creative and administrative, in their field of academic study.


  • Engage with visitors about the content within the exhibition Studio Views: Craft in the Expanded Field
  • Develop and test various engagement strategies for visitors of different backgrounds and experiences
  • Draft and implement visitor engagement matrices from surveys to observational guidelines; collect visitor feedback on programs and experiences in the exhibition
  • Assist artists in the exhibition with various studio-related needs
  • Assist MAD staff during public programs and performances
  • Participate in training to learn teaching and engagement strategies for use in gallery conversations
  • Help prepare interpretive materials and resources for the public and docents to use on tours
  • Assist with administrative responsibilities related to outreach and audience development


  • Must be a student (not a recent graduate) with at least junior status working toward a degree in Museum Education, Museum Studies, Museum Management, Art History, Art Education, or a related field
  • Interest in and experience working, interning, or volunteering in a museum educational environment preferred
  • Enthusiasm for working with people and talking about contemporary craft, art, and design
  • Attention to detail and confidence collecting data and doing research
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • High degree of reliability and professionalism, with the ability to work on projects both individually and with a group
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, coupled with strong troubleshooting skills
  • Availability to work some nights and weekends


Please send a cover letter and resume to carli.beseau@madmuseum.org with “Engagement Intern” in the subject line. Your cover letter should outline your specific interest in this internship, along with specific skills and experiences that you believe make you a strong candidate. No phone calls please.


Development Intern for Institutional Giving - Fall 2017

The Development Intern for Institutional Giving will gain insight into the inner workings of a busy museum’s development office. This internship is an ideal opportunity to learn more about the grantmaking process in New York’s institutional landscape. The intern will also learn The Raiser's Edge, the top development database used among non-profit organizations, and will familiarize her or himself with electronic recordkeeping processes. The Intern will provide assistance in all aspects of Institutional Giving.

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The candidate should be able to make a firm 16 hour a week commitment throughout the Fall. Possibility to continue through the Spring.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working with Manager of Institutional Giving to further develop Foundation, Corporate, and Government prospect and research strategies
  • Provide assistance with compiling content and materials for grant reports and proposals.
  • Drafting cover and acknowledgement letters
  • Conducting prospect research to support the Museum’s exhibitions and education programming.
  • Maintaining and updating information in MAD’s fundraising database, Raiser’s Edge.
  • Administrative support, as needed, to the Manager of Institutional Giving and Development Manager, Exhibitions.
  • Other special projects as appropriate


  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • An interest in museums
  • Able to multitask and work independently on projects
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or other donor database system is a plus
  • Familiarity with the histories of craft, design, and contemporary art is preferred

This is an unpaid position. To apply, please email a detailed cover letter and resume to Geneva.Morris@madmuseum.org.


Communications Internship

The Museum of the Arts and Design is seeking an undergraduate/graduate student interested in working in a busy Communications office. The intern will report to the Chief Communications Officer and the Communications Manager, and will work closely with a range of departments throughout the Museum. 

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This is an opportunity to be an integral member of a non-profit Marketing/PR department, and gain experience in a variety of areas including public relations, digital and print marketing, advertising and social media.


  • Promptly answer press requests regarding releases and images and field other inquiries to appropriate public affairs staff members.
  • Manage weekly outreach to listings editors to ensure Museum's exhibitions and programs inclusion. Update all relevant event calendars
  • Promote MAD’s exhibition, educational and outreach programs via Social Media. Propose content. Photograph behind-the-scene museum moments.
  • Monitor, format and circulate all media clips. Maintain and organize press clip database Help with logistical organization of press previews and other media events.
  • Escort press on photo and film shoots approved by the Museum.
  • Assist at Special Events (escort press and/or event photographer, distribute press materials, greet and check in).
  • Maintain media contact database (Consolidate and update contact lists; Research specific media contacts and outlets for upcoming exhibitions and programs.)
  • Help prepare Museum monthly e-newsletter (draft copy, schedule e-blast with relevant updated content, update recipient database) and work on other Museum collaterals as needed (draft short articles for members’ biannual newsletter, copy edit visitor materials etc.)
  • Update and maintain press website www.madmuseum.org/about/press (upload and format press releases; update image archive).


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; Attention to detail and strong editing and grammar skills essential.
  • Strong organizational skills and prior office work experience.
  • A good understanding of Public Relations and interest in the Arts & Design field.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite: Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel are required.  Robust Excel skills in particular are a definite plus.
  • Fluency with Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Hootsuite) required.
  • InDesign, Photoshop and html skills preferred.

Please email your resume and cover letter to press@madmuseum.org with “Communications Intern” in the subject line.