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Internships

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. 

  • Spring 2016—begins Tuesday January 12; ends Friday April 29; applications due December 1, 2015.
  • Summer 2016—begins Tuesday June 7; ends Friday July 29; applications due February 28, 2016.

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.org or one of the email addresses below.


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 allow 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 setup 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.

Communications and Marketing Internship
The Cleveland Museum of Art's fast-paced communications and marketing department is currently seeking interns for fall 2015. 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

Research and Evaluation Internship
The Office of Research and Evaluation at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) is seeking an intern for summer 2015. 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.

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%20">asianartinternship [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 within CMA and Transformer Station. In 2016, the Cleveland Museum of Art's centennial, the department is organizing four major temporary exhibitions from April of 2016 through March of 2017.For those exhibitions as well as other projects such as installations and performances, 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


Paid Fellowship Opportunities: There are currently three paid opportunities for undergraduates during the summer term.

Warshawsky Fellowships 
Thanks to the generosity of the Warshawsky family, the Cleveland Museum of Art is able to offer two paid summer-term fellowships for undergraduates. Designed to highlight what Cleveland has to offer those who may not be familiar with the city or the museum’s collection, the Warshawsky fellowships are granted to the nation’s top art history majors.

While specific projects may vary from summer to summer, fellows are generally placed within the Department of Education and Interpretation or in a curatorial area. Opportunities in collections management, the Ingalls Library, development, or finance may also be available. 

A short list of candidates will be interviewed by phone. Fellowship recipients will receive a stipend of $3,000 for a 280-hour internship (June 1 – July 20, 2016).

Candidates for Warshawsky Fellowships should be able to research and write effectively, be adaptable and flexible, willing to show initiative, demonstrate leadership, and be interested in learning about Cleveland. 

Applicants should submit a 500-word letter of intent (indicating any specific art historical areas of interest), a resume with list of relevant coursework, a writing sample, and two letters of recommendation.

Please send materials to: warshawsky [at] clevelandart.org by March 1, 2016.  

Director’s Fellowships 
For students of historically black colleges and universities

Fostering staff diversity is one of the most important museum initiatives of our time. With the leadership of its African American Advisory Committee, the Cleveland Museum of Art offers two paid summer fellowships for undergraduate students from historically black colleges and universities through the director’s sponsorship. The fellows are introduced to the vital work that goes on behind the scenes at the museum and are given substantial projects that foster collaboration with staff in various departments.

While specific projects vary from year to year, fellows are matched with opportunities in a number of areas, especially curatorial (conducting art and artist research, writing label copy or texts for the CMA website, and helping prepare checklists and current or future exhibition-related materials, etc.), but opportunities in education, collections management, the Ingalls Library, development, or finance may also be available. Museum professionals serve as mentors, and the director’s fellows join other interns in cross-departmental experiences designed to offer an overview of the scope of a comprehensive museum like the CMA.

A short list of candidates will be contacted for interviews by phone. Internship recipients will receive a stipend of $5,000 for a 280-hour internship (June 1–July 20, 2016).

Candidates for Director’s Fellowships should be able to research and write effectively, be adaptable and flexible, willing to show initiative, demonstrate leadership, and be interested in learning about Cleveland. Applicants should submit a 500-word letter of intent (indicating any specific art historical areas of interest), a resume with list of relevant coursework, a writing sample, and two letters of recommendation.

Please send materials to: directorsinternship [at] clevelandart.org by March 1, 2016.