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2023 Curatorial Affairs & Museum Programs Summer Internships

2023 Curatorial Affairs & Museum Programs Summer Internships
The Saint Louis Art Museum is pleased to offer four full-time, paid internships in the summer of 2023. Preference will be given to students who have not yet pursued graduate study; active undergraduate students and members of the classes of 2022 and 2023 are encouraged to apply. Qualified graduate students are also welcomed to apply. Applications are due by 11:59 pm CST Monday, January 30, 2023.
Position Summary
The paid internships at the Saint Louis Art Museum offer opportunities to gain first-hand experience working in a major art museum. Interns will work one-on-one with staff members from the Curatorial or Learning and Engagement divisions of the Museum to contribute to a specific project. Candidates will submit a single application to be considered for any of the 4 projects; each applicant will be considered for projects based on qualifications, interests, and experience.
In 2023, projects include:
  • Project 1: Research for Guercino Exhibition (Fall 2026)
  1. Intern will work with curators in two departments – European Art to 1800; Prints, Drawings, and Photographs – who are organizing an exhibition on the 17th-century painter Guercino and his approach to narrative. Intern’s tasks related to the exhibition will include developing research files and bibliography and entering exhibition objects (76 paintings and drawings) into the museum’s database. Reading knowledge of Italian and German desired.
  • Project 2: Nature and Design Exhibition Research and Development
  1. Intern will work with curator in the department of Decorative Arts and Design to assist with research and development for a future exhibition exploring intersections of nature, design, and the life sciences over the past 150 years. Major research topics include the history of biophilia, bionics, biomimicry, and ecological and biodesign. Intern will revise and augment annotated bibliographies and exhibition checklists, attend local collection and site visits, and help to identify potential local/regional partnerships.
  • Project 3: Native American Art Internship
  1. Intern will work with curators in the department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas to conduct research related to Native American art for special exhibitions or the Museum’s permanent collections.
  • Project 4: Youth and Family Learning Internship
  1. Intern will assist with a variety of Family and Youth programming. Project will include operating and evaluating the temporary family pop-up gallery, and planning youth learning/engagement components for programs such as Family Sundays and a block party for the upcoming exhibition, The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in education, art education, early childhood, or event planning.
The Saint Louis Art Museum is home to a collection of over 37,000 works of art from six continents, dating from ancient times to the present. Curators, together with museum educators, designers, registrars, and many others, work to interpret and present the collection and develop programs that enrich visitor experiences. Over the course of the summer program, interns will have opportunities to learn more about SLAM’s collections through curatorial tours and participate in tours of local collections/institutions. In addition, they will participate in tours of the conservation facilities, brownbag lunches with department and division heads, and a meeting with the museum’s director.
Key Information:
  • Start date is Monday, June 5, 2023.
  • Internship concludes when intern completes 300 hours (not including July 4 holiday); duration to be eight weeks.
  • schedule is Monday through Friday, roughly 9am-5pm, averaging 37.5 hours per week.
  • Rate: $15.00/hour, paid biweekly. This position is not eligible for benefits or holiday pay.
  • Eligible candidates are active undergraduate students, recent graduates (classes of 2022 and 2023), and graduate students.
  • Candidates will be considered for specific projects based on interest, qualifications, and project needs.
  • Interns may work offsite some of the time with supervisor approval (not to exceed 40% of a given work week).
  • The Saint Louis Art Museum adheres to health protocols based on current guidelines from the City’s Department of Health.
A complete application requires the following documents:
  • Cover letter should indicate candidate’s professional goals and reason for seeking this internship. Candidate should indicate which of the projects above is of greatest interest and how prior training and experience would align with the tasks associated with this project.
  • Resumé or CV to indicate work experience (volunteer and paid work) and academic background
  • Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Language skills list to specify language(s) and reading, writing, speaking levels of fluency
  • 3 References: name, title, affiliation, and full contact information (letters of reference not required; at least 2 references must be a professor or academic advisor; 1 can be a personal or nonacademic professional reference)
  • Academic writing sample, such as a research paper (minimum 5 pages in length, with source citations and bibliography)
*Please only upload two documents: (1) a PDF that combines the cover letter, resume/CV, transcripts, language skills and reference list; (2) the writing sample. *
Deadline to submit complete applications: 11:59pm Central Standard Time on Monday, January 30, 2023.
Selections will be completed by April 14, 2023.
Please direct any questions to Meagan McKay, Sr. Administrative Assistant for Curatorial Affairs and Museum Programs, at
The Saint Louis Art Museum is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color.
The Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience, without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.