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About the Internship

Yesenia Martinez-Yanez, Appalachian State University Class of 2022 and 2022 summer intern at the Nasher Museum. Photo by Wendy Hower

In 2019 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 support the diverse communities being served, the pilot program was 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.

This summer, students will apply to intern with the Academic Initiatives department. Here, interns can expect to assist with the research and planning for an upcoming exhibition featuring a transformative gift of photographs to the Nasher’s collection, in addition to being involved in the day-to-day tasks of working in a university art museum. The internship runs for eight weeks from June to August 2023 and requires a commitment of 20 hours/week. A stipend of $4,000 will be provided.


Students must:

·         Belong to a group that is underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent;

·         Currently be enrolled as an undergraduate (bachelor’s degree program, associate’s degree program, or in a vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate level). Students must have completed at least one academic year of college by June 2023. Students who graduate after April 1, 2023, are also eligible. (Students enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible);

·         Reside or attend college in the Triangle area;

·         Reside permanently in the United States or be a U.S. citizen. Students with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) status valid through the internship period are also eligible.

Application Process


All application materials must be submitted by email to Ellen C. Raimond, Ph.D., Associate Curator of Academic Initiatives, at (In the subject line of the email write, “2023 Nasher Intern Applicant: {First Name, Last Name}”).

To be considered complete, applications must include:
·   Resume
·   Cover letter outlining: (1) applicant’s career goals with regards to museum work and/or research; interest and experience with art, art history, research, and/or museums and galleries
·   One letter of recommendation from an academic or professional reference sent directly to (In the subject line of the email write, “2023 Nasher Intern Applicant: {First Name, Last Name} Reference Letter”).
·   Official academic transcript

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