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The Nasher Museum announces two paid Diversity Internship positions for summer 2021.
This summer, Diversity Interns will complete their internship virtually and can apply to work with one of these Nasher departments:

  • Curatorial: Assist Modern & Contemporary art curator with research and planning for future exhibition, in addition to being involved in the day-to-day tasks of a university art museum.
  • Communications & Marketing: Assist with planning and research to promote major fall exhibition and work closely with department supervisor and team to brainstorm new ways to tell the museum’s story and engage new audiences through multiple channels—print, web, and social media.

The internship runs for eight weeks from June to August 2021 and requires a commitment of 20 hours per week. A stipend of $4,000 will be provided.


The Diversity Internship program began in 2019, when the Nasher Museum was one of 10 museums selected to host a paid summer internship program for college students from underrepresented backgrounds interested in pursuing 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) had made a crucial gift allowing this exciting paid internship to continue at the Nasher for a second consecutive summer. While COVID-19 disrupted our plans last summer, we are pleased to offer two positions this 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

Internship Requirements

The program is available to undergraduate students in their rising sophomore, junior or senior years, in addition to graduating seniors, 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.


Applications are due Friday, March 19, 2021 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 (In the subject line of the email write, “2021 Diversity Intern Applicant_{First Name, Last Name}_{department}”).

To be considered complete, your application must include:
1. Resume
2. Cover letter: (1) identify department of interest—“Curatorial” or “Marketing & Communications” and (2) outline applicant’s career goals, interest and experience with art, art history and/or museums
3. One letter of recommendation from an academic or professional reference sent directly to (In the subject line of the email have your reference write, “2021 Diversity Intern Applicant: {First Name, Last Name} Reference Letter”).
4. Official academic transcript

A candidate will be selected by early April 2021. With questions about the internship or application process, please contact Ellen Raimond at

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