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In 2019 the Nasher Museum was one of ten museums selected for a paid summer internship program for college students from underrepresented backgrounds who wish to pursue careers in art museums. Intended to increase the diversity of those working in our institutions to better reflect the diverse communities being served, the pilot program was first launched by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) with additional funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts. From this beginning step, Duke graduate David Arthur (A.B.’88, P’21) has made a transformative gift that allows this exciting paid internship to continue at the Nasher for a second consecutive summer.

Museums need young, talented people from different backgrounds and viewpoints to help build the next generation of art museum professionals. This internship works to diversify our institutions and removes a financial barrier that many students encounter when they begin to explore an art museum career.

Julia K. McHugh, Ph.D., Trent A. Carmichael Curator of Academic Initiatives at the Nasher Museum

This summer, the Diversity Intern will assist the Curatorial department with research and planning for upcoming exhibitions, in addition to being involved in the day-to-day tasks of a university art museum. The internship runs for 8 weeks from June to to August 2020 and requires a full-time commitment (32 hours/week). A stipend of $6,000 will be provided, in addition to paid travel and expenses to one museum conference for networking and professional development.

Internship Requirements

The program is only available to undergraduate students in their rising sophomore, junior or senior years, to provide opportunity for students who have begun to solidify their academic interests and potential career path. Applicants must reside in or attend college in the Triangle area. Interns must attend the entirety of the 8-week program.

How To Apply

Applications are due Friday, March 20, 2020 by 11:59 PM EST.

All application materials must be submitted by email to Ellen C. Raimond, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of Academic Initiatives, at ellen.raimond@duke.edu (In the subject line of the email write, “2020 Diversity Intern Applicant: {First Name, Last Name}”).

To be considered complete, your application must include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining applicant’s career goals, interest and experience with art, art history and/or museums
  • One letter of recommendation from an academic or professional reference sent directly to ellen.raimond@duke.edu (In the subject line of the email have your reference write, “2020 Diversity Intern Applicant: {First Name, Last Name} Reference Letter”).
  • Official academic transcript

A candidate will be selected by early April 2020. With questions about the internship or application process, please contact Ellen Raimond at ellen.raimond@duke.edu.

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