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About the Internship

Duke student Isabel Lewin-Knauer (right) visits the museum's storage area with Duke student Siyu Chen.
Duke student Isabel Lewin-Knauer (right) visits the museum's storage area with Duke student Siyu Chen. Photo by J Caldwell.

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 can intern with the Nasher Museum head of graphic design. Students can expect to assist in the design for marketing/advertising of exhibitions, the new museum store, signage, and social media. One ongoing project is exploring ideas for our visual identity. Students will receive first-hand experience on how a visual identity is developed and applied in an art museum for print, web, and social media distribution.

It is essential that the intern have basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator). It would be helpful to have some web skills HTML as well. The internship runs for eight weeks from June 1st to August 2024 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 2024. Students who graduate after April 1, 2024, 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.


Applications are due Friday, April 5, 2024 by 11:59 PM EST.

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, “2024 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 object research; (2) interest and experience with art, art history, research, and/or museums and galleries.

·       One letter of recommendation sent from an academic or professional reference sent directly to (In the subject line of the email write, “2024 Nasher Intern Applicant: {First Name, Last Name} Reference Letter”).

·       Official academic transcript

A candidate will be selected by mid-April.  For inquiries concerning the internship or application process, please contact Ellen Raimond at


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