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Internships for Academic Credit

ARTHIST 310 and ARTHIST 311 are internship practicums held at the Nasher Museum, designed to provide Duke students professional museum experience and the opportunity to explore the museum and its operations from a variety of viewpoints.

For ARTHIST 310, Duke students must be available for a total commitment of 6 hours per week: a weekly one-hour seminar and 5 hours in their assigned department (individual intern schedule to be arranged between the student and supervising staff). Students are evaluated on their completion of tasks as assigned by their internship department, participation in the weekly seminar, contribution to the group project and fulfillment of individual final research project. Grades are assigned by the supervising staff in consultation with the seminar instructor.

For ARTHIST 311, Duke students must be available for a total commitment of 8 hours per week. In contrast to ARTHIST 310, there is no weekly class meeting; students work all eight hours within their assigned department (individual intern schedule to be arranged between the student and supervising staff). Students are evaluated solely on their completion of tasks as assigned by their internship department. Therefore, grades are assigned solely by the supervising staff.

Please decide from the listings below which department, at the museum, would best suit your interests and fill out the application below. Also, be sure to upload your most recent CV as a PDF or Word file.

Questions? Please send inquiries to ellen.raimond@duke.edu.

Which Department Fits Best

As a Nasher Museum intern working in
<INSERT DEPARTMENT OF INTEREST HERE FROM LIST BELOW>,
you can expect to…

ACADEMIC INITIATIVES

  • Be part of a department that serves as a liaison between the museum and the university
  • Research artworks for upcoming exhibitions and reinstallations.
  • Assist in outreach toward and planning for class visits to the museum

COMMUNICATIONS + MARKETING

  • Help to work with local and international media outlets to enhance the museum’s public profile
  • Come up with new ideas and strategies to reach new audiences
  • Assist in the development of advertising and marketing campaigns

CURATORIAL

  • Be part of a department that organizes exhibitions and cares for objects in the collection
  • Assist the curatorial team with research and planning for upcoming shows
  • Learn about the steps involved in putting an exhibition together, as well as the day-to-day tasks of working in an academic museum

DEVELOPMENT

  • Be a part of a department that works with individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies to support every facet of the museum.
  • Conduct donor research
  • Assist in identifying donor engagement opportunities

EDUCATION

  • Be part of a department that aims to make learning about enjoyable for all audiences
  • Facilitate activities for adult audiences at the museum, such as the Reflections program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

REGISTRAR

  • Be part of a department that helps keep track of objects in the collection through collections management software and data processing
  • Make the collections database more efficient and usable through projects involving cleaning-up data, editing, adding information, etc.
  • Write descriptions for objects in the collection

Nasher Museum Internship for Academic Credit Application

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