The Cleveland Museum of Art offers both unpaid and paid internship and fellowship opportunities. In addition to adding practical skills to their résumés, museum interns meet regularly with museum professionals to gain a sense of the overall workings of the institution. 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.
While specific opportunities for placement change from semester to semester, past placements have occurred in various departments such as curatorial, education, collections management, and the Ingalls Library. For current opportunities, please see below.
The museum accepts interns for placement in the fall, spring, and summer terms.
Spring 2017—applications due December 15, 2016.
To apply, candidates should submit a 500-word essay detailing what he or she hopes to gain from an internship at The Cleveland Museum of Art, in addition to a résumé of employment and education; a writing sample not longer than 3 pages in length, and at least one letter of recommendation. Please indicate which specific internship to which you are applying in the subject line of your email. Please also note that specific internships may have additional requirements, which will be listed below. High school, undergraduate, and graduate students may submit materials for unpaid internships to internships [at] clevelandart.org or one of the email addresses below. Students must be currently enrolled in school in order to be considered for an internship.
Gallery One Technology Internship
Gallery One is a unique, interactive gallery that blends art, technology, and interpretation to inspire visitors to explore the museum’s renowned collections. This revolutionary space features the largest multi-touch screen in the United States, which displays images of over 3,500 objects from the museum’s world-renowned permanent collection. This 40-foot Collection Wall allows visitors to shape their own tours of the museum and to discover the full breadth of the collections on view throughout the museum’s galleries.
Gallery One offers something for visitors of all ages and levels of comfort with art. Visitors to Gallery One will discover new ways of interpreting the museum’s distinguished collection through a variety of hands-on and technology-based activities. In addition, the museum’s new ArtLens iPad application allows visitors to explore how works of art were made, where they came from, and why they were produced. At every turn, technology is used to bring visitors back to works of art and to open multiple perspectives on the collection.
We are looking for current undergraduates and graduate students to become interns for Gallery One. The internship is an introduction to working in a world-class museum and an opportunity for learning and growth. As vital members of the Gallery One team, interns will welcome and help visitors navigate the space and its interactive features, along with helping visitors set up and use the ArtLens app on either their own iPad or one provided by the museum.
Through interaction with art, technology, and museum visitors, students will develop their ability to facilitate conversations with all types of visitors and help create a comfortable museum environment.
Interns will work 3-4 gallery shifts per week. A shift is 4 hours. Continued involvement throughout the undergraduate career is encouraged, as schedules allow.
Please send a cover letter indicating interest in the project along with a current resume of employment and relevant coursework in Art History, Architecture, Library Studies, Math and/or Computer Science to Jane Alexander, Director of Information Management and Technology at TechnologyInternship [at] clevelandart.org.
Research and Evaluation Internship
The Office of Research and Evaluation at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) is seeking an intern for spring 2017. The role of research at the CMA casts a wide net and includes the study of our members, donors, visitors, and non-visitors alike. Working closely with the Research Analyst, the departmental intern will have the opportunity to design, conduct, interpret, and present the results of a research study to key CMA stakeholders. The Research and Evaluation intern will conduct both qualitative and quantitative studies including interviewing visitors, writing and administering surveys, and completing observations in both the museum’s galleries and at museum events. This internship will be best suited for undergraduate or graduate students studying marketing, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and/or museum studies. Please be advised some evening and weekend hours may be required depending on institutional research needs. Successful applicants will complete a phone or onsite interview and a brief writing test. To apply, please submit all of the materials listed above to ResearchInternship [at] clevelandart.org.
Collections Management Internship
The Department of Collections Management at The Cleveland Museum of Art seeks an intern for the spring of 2017. Collections Management is responsible for coordinating shipments and installation/deinstallation of exhibitions, outgoing loans, incoming long-term loans, new acquisitions, and all art movement within the building, including storage areas. We seek an intern to assist with all aspects of departmental work. Candidates must have a background in art history, a solid understanding of computers, including databases and spreadsheets, and great attention to detail. To apply please submit the materials listed above to internships [at] clevelandart.org.
Contemporary Art Internship
The Department of Contemporary Art is responsible for regular rotations of the permanent collection galleries as well as a number of temporary exhibitions both at CMA and Transformer Station. For 2017/18, the department is working on several major temporary exhibitions and large scale installations. For those exhibitions as well as other projects such as performances and lectures, the Department of Contemporary Art seeks assistance with exhibition preparation and related research. Interns may work on art and artist research, write label copy or texts for our website, and help prepare checklists and other exhibition or publication related material, etc. The ideal candidate will already have demonstrated a research interest in Contemporary Art. Foreign language skills a plus. Applicants should send materials to ContemporaryArtInternship [at] clevelandart.org.
Asian Art Internship
The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Asian collection is famed for its comprehensive, yet highly selective quality, both nationally and internationally. The Department of Asian Art is responsible for regular rotations of the permanent collection galleries as well as a number of special exhibitions. Interns may work on art and artist research, write label copy or texts for our website, and help prepare checklists and current or future exhibition related materials, etc. The ideal candidates will be those who have already taken a number of Asian art and culture classes, and demonstrate strong writing and researching skills. Asian language skills a plus. Applicants should send materials to AsianArtInternship [at] clevelandart.org.
Photography Curatorial Internship
The Department of Photography seeks an intern to research works in the collection, particularly recent acquisitions of work by Magnum photographers as well as proposed acquisitions. The intern will also assist in the preparation of temporary exhibitions. For 2017/18, the department’s upcoming exhibitions include one about images of African American life in the 1960s by Louis Draper and Leonard Freed and another about American photography in the 1930s. Interns may assist with the organization of lectures and artists’ visits, work on art and artist research, and help prepare checklists and other exhibition or publication related material. The ideal candidate will already have knowledge about the history of photography and excellent computer research skills. Foreign language skills a plus. Applicants should send materials to Internships [at] clevelandart.org.
Communications and Marketing Internship
The Cleveland Museum of Art’s fast-paced communications and marketing department is currently seeking interns for spring 2017. Communications, marketing, digital media, and journalism majors will acquire hands-on experience in their related field of study in a real-world setting. Responsibilities may include: supporting staff with media outreach and in the organization and management of media visits; creating and editing content for the museum’s website, blog, e-newsletters, social media channels, and partners; researching and writing PR and marketing materials; assisting with advertising and promotions projects; and providing administrative support. Ideal candidates should demonstrate strong writing and verbal skills with keen attention to detail, be creative and self-motivated, enjoy working with the public, and be able to produce on deadline. Prior experience in media relations, advertising, digital communications, and/or multimedia content creation a plus. For consideration, please submit application materials to MarketingInternship [at] clevelandart.org.