University Students

Duke University undergraduate and graduate students can gain important work experience at the Nasher Museum in many ways: internships for academic credit, paid summer internships and museum study grants, work at the museum, or graduate assistantships.


ARTHIST 310 and ARTHIST 311 are practicums held at the Nasher Museum, designed to provide professional museum experience as well as an opportunity to explore the museum and its operations from a variety of viewpoints. Students must be available for a total commitment of approximately 6 hours/week for a weekly seminar with museum staff, plus 5 hours working in the intern’s assigned department (schedule to be arranged between the student and supervising staff). Students are evaluated on their work in their assigned departments, participation in the weekly seminar, and the completion of short, written assignments such as a blog post, artwork spotlight, and exhibition analysis. Grades are assigned by the supervising staff in consultation with the instructor.

Interns may apply to work with the following departments: academic programs, business office, curatorial, communications/marketing, development/external relations, museum education, or registrar/collections management. NOTE: only one student each semester will be assigned to the curatorial department.

Want to learn about museum career paths? Find out more.

To apply for a permission number for ARTHIST 310, the internship, email a current resume and cover letter that outlines how the museum internship fits into your educational and future career plans, as well, specify your choices for departments in which you’d like to work. 

Marianne Wardle, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs (

Relevant departmental staff will review applications and if selected, you will be sent a permission number to enroll.


The Nasher Museum offers paid summer internships for Duke Students:


Students fill many part-time paid positions at the museum. Work-study students are welcome.

Visitor Services Representatives handle admissions fees, answer the telephone and direct calls, greet and keep an accurate count of visitors, assist visitors with the purchase of museum memberships and answer visitors’ questions.
If interested please contact Myra Weise, Visitor Services Manager, (

Gallery Guides lead tours of the museum for K-12 students, adult groups and the public. Students must commit to 3 semesters. Recruiting is held at the end of the spring semester. If interested contact Jessica Ruhle, Manager of Public Education, (

Periodically work-study positions are available with specific museum departments, including curatorial, education, membership, registrar, special events and public affairs. For information about possible openings, contact Kate Piva, Deputy Director of Operations, ( or 919-684-5126.

Security guards help keep art safe and enhance the visitor experience. Pay is $10/hour, work study is welcomed, and shifts are flexible. If interested, contact Sgt. Jimmie Jones, Manager of Protection Services, ( or 919-684-3352.


Graduate assistants provide support to the office of Academic Programs. Assistants organize and lead tours for university classes visiting exhibitions at the Nasher, lead discussions in study storage, research on the permanent collection, and complete various administrative tasks, among other responsibilities. If interested, contact Marianne Wardle, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs, at or 919-684-5203. Complete details.

For general information on application and hiring procedures, please contact Kate Piva, Deputy Director of Operations, ( or 919-684-5126.

Collection Research

Only a small portion of the museum’s permanent collection is on view at any time, so a variety of tools are available to help you explore the Nasher’s artworks, whether currently on view or in storage.

View the online database of our collection.

Information about artworks in a range of media, styles, periods, and cultures can be found at our new website promoting visual literacy How Do You Look?


The Nasher Museum’s Study Storage offers faculty and students up-close experience with works of art not currently on view in the exhibition pavilions. Facilities include works on paper with more than 3,000 prints and drawings; painting storage with works from the Renaissance to the present; and object storage with Greek and Roman pottery and glass, Ancient American ceramics and African and European Medieval and Renaissance sculpture and artifacts. Study Storage is a gift of Christine and Pierre Lamond and Alice Martin Whelihan.

A wide range of departments have visited Study Storage including

  • Art, Art History and Visual Studies
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Dance
  • Duke Divinity School
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Foreign Languages
  • History
  • Kenan Institute for Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Thompson Writing Program
  • Theater Studies
  • Women’s Studies

To arrange a visit to Study Storage contact, email Most visits to storage take place between 10 AM and 5 PM.

Please note that all visitors are requested to leave bags and backpacks in the lockers by the Lecture Hall when they arrive. Only pencils are allowed for use in the exhibition pavilions and Study Storage and no food or drinks are permitted in these areas.

Nasher MUSE

Nasher MUSE (Museum Undergraduate Student Exec) serves as the undergraduate student voice of and for the Nasher Museum. As a bridge between the widely diverse student body and the museum, MUSE fosters student ownership of the museum, advises museum staff on effective ways to engage the Duke undergrads, and is proactive in promoting the museum throughout the Duke community and beyond.

Connect with MUSE through Facebook or Instagram.

MUSE organizes student-centered events at the museum many times each year and initiates critical conversations about contemporary issues in the museum environment.

MUSE does not plan or select exhibitions for the museum.
Interested in joining MUSE? Please complete an application and email it to and Applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted by the end of September.
Application (pdf)
PLEASE NOTE: Membership with MUSE requires significant personal initiative and time commitment to attend weekly meetings, plan programs and staff programs/events. Members often spend considerable time outside of weekly meetings to plan and promote events. Attendance at events is also required.

Nasher MUSE