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Undergraduate Internships
CMA Student Guide Program

The CMA Undergraduate Student Guide Program is an experiential training internship that enables college students to engage museum audiences by designing tours, guiding close-looking, presenting in educational videos and virtual programs, and researching and writing art history. The Guides work to demonstrate how works of art are relevant to our current moment and explore how art reveals what we think, how we see, and how we live.

No experience with art or museums? Not to worry! From Agriculture to Zoology, the CMA welcomes students of all majors to learn how to understand the world and themselves through art and to help others do the same. As a CMA Student Guide, you will have the opportunity to explore the CMA’s permanent collection, deepen your knowledge of art history, and gain public speaking and writing skills. Additionally, Student Guides contribute to numerous educational projects across museum departments, so every year offers guides new challenges and exciting ways to share their skills and interests with CMA audiences. 

This position requires a 2-year commitment and a time commitment of approximately 4 hours per week during the academic year.

Training during the 2021 Spring semester is entirely virtual, and training during the 2021-22 academic year will be hybrid until further notice. 

 To apply, you must be:

  •     A first, second, or third-year undergraduate of any major, enrolled full time.
  •     Eligible to work in the U.S.

… And at least one of the following:

  •     From an underrepresented minority group
  •     A first-generation college student
  •     Receiving significant financial aid

Applications must include 2 letters of recommendation, either uploaded to through the application portal or sent directly to academicaffairs [at] clevelandart.org 


To participate in the program during the 2021-22 academic year, apply by July 16th, 2021.  

To participate in our paid summer workshop and learn How to Look at a Work of Art this June, apply by April 30th.

To participate in BOTH, the summer workshop AND the 2021-22 academic year program, apply by April 30th

BIPOC students are encouraged to apply!


General (academic year, summer)

The CMA offers a variety of internships during the summer and fall and spring semesters. Undergraduate internships are offered in the following departments: curatorial, public and academic engagement, conservation, human resources, philanthropy, collections management, and visitor services. As of the Fall of 2020, all internships are funded. View all internship offerings

Warshawsky +Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) Fellowships (academic year, summer)

The CMA is pleased to introduce the combined Warshawsky fellowship and the SOTC experience.  This means that fellowship recipients will receive a US$3000 stipend, free dormitory housing, and unique immersion into the community with the ultimate goal of having fellows build networks permanently located in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.  

Summer 2021 fellowship positions will be available in the Curatorial and Collections Management departments. Recipients receive a $3,000 stipend for a 280-hour internship.

To be eligible, students must:

  •     Attend one of the following schools: Case Western Reserve University, Colgate, Cornell, Denison, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Smith College or University of Chicago
  •     Major in art history
  •     Be currently enrolled or no more than one year beyond graduation

*Students from underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

Arts Intern (summer only)

The CMA partners with the Studio Institute's Arts Intern program to offer paid summer internships for undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need.  

To qualify for the Arts Intern Program, you must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student as of the Fall 2020 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
  • Attend college in Cleveland, or live within Cleveland or the boundary established by the Inner Ring Suburbs.  
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000 (listed on your FAFSA).  

These positions pay $15/hr, 35 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $500 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Studio Institute's website for more information and to apply.