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The Summer 2020, Diversity Internship was cancelled in response to concerns related to COVID-19. During summer 2021, the Nasher Museum plans to offer this paid summer internship for college students from underrepresented backgrounds who wish to pursue careers in art museums.

In 2019, the Nasher Museum was one of 10 museums selected for this internship program. 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 will allow this exciting paid internship to continue at the Nasher.

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

The Diversity Intern assists 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 August 2021 and requires a full-time commitment (32 hours per 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.

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