Internships / Jobs

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.

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To apply for the internship complete the application and send it, along with a current résumé and cover letter that outlines how the internship fits into your educational and career goals and includes your first and second choices for departments, to Marianne Wardle, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs ( Students will be interviewed by the pertinent museum department, and if selected will be given 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 Melissa Gwynn, 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 patrol the galleries to ensure the protection of artwork, report safety violations and answer visitors’ questions during business hours, including weekends, and for evening events. If interested, contact Sgt. Jimmie Jones, Manager of Protection Services, ( or 919-684-5998.


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 Erin Hanas, Coordinator of Academic Programs, ( or 919-684-8067. Complete details.

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