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About the Internship

Summer Interns
Summer interns come together to talk about a book at the Nasher Museum. 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 serve 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 Nasher’s Engagement and Marketing Department.  Here, interns can expect to assist with planning and research to promote major fall exhibitions and events. Interns will work closely with the department supervisor and team to brainstorm new ways to tell the museum’s story and engage new audiences through multiple channels of communication—print, web and social media.

The internship runs for eight weeks from June to August 2022 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 2022. Students who graduate after April 1, 2022 are also eligible. (Students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible.);

·         Reside or attend college in the Triangle area. (This opportunity is available to non-Duke students; Duke students are invited to apply to a variety of other museum internships.)

·         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 March 18

Nasher Diversity Internship Program

Applications are due Friday, March 18, 2022 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, “2022 Nasher Intern Applicant: {First Name, Last Name}”).

To be considered complete, applications must include:

1.    Resume

2.    Cover letter outlining: (1) applicant’s career goals with regards to Communications and Marketing; (2) interest and experience with art, art history, museums and/or marketing

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, “2022 Nasher Intern Applicant: {First Name, Last Name} Reference Letter”).

4.    Official academic transcript

A candidate will be selected by early April 2022. With questions about the internship or application process, please contact Ellen Raimond.


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