Interested in finding out if a museum career is for you? The Cleveland Museum of Art offers both unpaid and paid internship and fellowship opportunities. In addition to adding practical skills to their resumés, museum interns meet regularly with museum professionals to gain a sense of the overall workings of the institution.

While specific opportunities for placement change from semester to semester, past placements have occurred in the curatorial, education, marketing and communications, and publications departments, as well as collections management, conservation, and the Ingalls Library. We structure our internship terms to comply with most university requirements for an independent study - check with your college or university for details on its requirements.

The museum accepts interns for placement in the fall, spring, and summer terms. 

  • Fall 2014—begins the week of September 8; ends the week of December 1; applications due June 15, 2014.
  • Spring 2015—begins the week of February 2; ends the week of April 27; applications due November 15, 2014.
  • Summer 2015—begins the week of June 1; ends the week of July 20; applications due March 1, 2015. 

To apply, candidates should submit a 500-word essay detailing what he or she hopes to gain from an internship, in addition to a resumé of employment and education; a writing sample not longer than 3 pages in length, and at least one letter of recommendation. High school, undergraduate, and graduate students may submit materials for unpaid internships to internships [at] clevelandart [dot] org.

Gallery One Education Internship 
Gallery One offers visitors new ways of interpreting the museum's collection through a unique blend of art, interpretation, and technology. Gallery One Education Interns will train to work with visitors, developing their ability to facilitate conversations and learn about different museum audiences. Additionally, interns will complete independent readings about alternative museum spaces and methods applied by educators in these spaces. Using Gallery One as the inspiration, interns will be required to create a thematic installation that could exist in a space like Gallery One. This project will include the opportunity to imagine an interactive that relates to artworks in the museum's collection. Successful applicants will complete a phone or onsite interview. Submit all materials listed above to galleryoneintern [at] clevelandart [dot] org.

Paid Fellowship Opportunities 
There are currently three paid opportunities for undergraduates during the summer term. Thanks to the generosity of the Warshawsky family, two undergraduates are selected to come to Cleveland to deepen their knowledge of career opportunities in a museum setting. The candidates must generally meet the following criteria:- they have had some previous museum volunteer experience; they are art history majors; they would be newly introduced to Cleveland with this opportunity; and they are exceptional students. A stipend of $3,000 is provided to cover each Warshawsky intern’s eight-week fellowship. Applicants must follow the deadlines listed above and submit all materials listed above as well as a writing sample and two letters of recommendation (preferably via electronic means) to warshawsky [at] clevelandart [dot] org.


The Director’s Fellowship was funded by our director’s office to promote diversity in our ranks by selecting a top candidate from one of our nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to come to Cleveland for the summer and gain exposure to the many career paths available in museum work at a large institution like the Cleveland Museum of Art. While art history majors are often the most suitable candidates, candidates with other majors may be considered as well. A stipend of $3,000 is provided to subsidize each Director’s Intern’s eight-week fellowship.  Applicants must follow the deadlines listed above and submit all materials listed above as well as a writing sample and two letters of recommendation (preferably via electronic means) to directorsinternship [at] clevelandart [dot] org.