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Two Duke student Nasher interns within the Disorderly Conduct exhibition.
Two Duke student Nasher interns within the Disorderly Conduct exhibition.

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: Professional museum experience and chance to explore the museum from all angles.

To apply for a permission number for ARTHIST 310, the internship, email a current resume and cover letter to

The cover letter should outline how the museum internship fits into your educational and future career plans. Please also specify your choices for departments in which you would like to work. Relevant departmental staff will review applications and if selected, you will be sent a permission number to enroll. See more information below about different museum departments and internships at the museum.

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Undergraduate Internship Course

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 initiatives, 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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Summer Internships in Museum Studies

The Nasher Museum offers paid summer internships for Duke Students:

  • Check back on this page to find the 2018 application for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy
  • Looking for an internship at an art museum? Find a list of them here.

Academic Initiatives Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants provide support to the office of Academic Initiatives. 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 email nasheracademics@duke.eduComplete details.

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

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