The Museum of Arts and Design has a long-standing history of supporting internships that provide meaningful, engaging and project-based opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level students throughout the year.  These positions are available in several departments and allow the participants to gain invaluable work experience at a non-profit visual arts organization as they prepare to continue their studies, pursue careers in the arts, or apply their experience to other fields.

General Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Attend an institution of learning with courses leading to a degree, certificate or diploma
  • Applicants are eligible during periods when school is not in session, if:
    • Applicants were students the previous semester
    • Applicants have not yet graduated or completed educational requirements of the program
    • Applicants have graduated, but are starting a new academic program within six months
  • Be a US citizen or completing residence requirements for a degree such as those required of medical or pharmaceutical students

Internship Sessions

WINTER/SPRING: Start last week in January
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 2nd


Public Relations and Marketing Internship

The Museum of the Arts and Design is seeking an undergraduate/graduate student interested in working in a busy Public Relations and Marketing office. The intern will report to the Director of Public Affairs and the Public Affairs Manager, and will work closely with a range of departments throughout the Museum. 

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This is an opportunity to be an integral member of a non-profit Marketing/PR department, and gain experience in a variety of areas including public relations, digital and print marketing, advertising and social media.


  • Promptly answer press requests regarding releases and images and field other inquiries to appropriate public affairs staff members.
  • Manage weekly outreach to listings editors to ensure Museum's exhibitions and programs inclusion. Update all relevant event calendars
  • Promote MAD's exhibition, educational and outreach programs via Social Media. Propose content. Photograph behind-the-scene museum moments.
  • Monitor, format and circulate all media clips. Maintain and organize press clip database Help with logistical organization of press previews and other media events.
  • Escort press on photo and film shoots approved by the Museum.
  • Assist at Special Events (escort press and/or event photographer, distribute press materials, greet and check in).
  • Maintain media contact database (Consolidate and update contact lists; Research specific media contacts and outlets for upcoming exhibitions and programs.)
  • Help prepare Museum monthly e-newsletter (draft copy, schedule e-blast with relevant updated content, update recipient database) and work on other Museum collaterals as needed (draft short articles for members' biannual newsletter, copy edit visitor materials etc.)
  • Update and maintain press website www.madmuseum.org/about/press (upload and format press releases; update image archive).


  • Must receive school credit for internship
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; Attention to detail and strong editing and grammar skills essential.
  • Strong organizational skills and prior office work experience.
  • A good understanding of Public Relations and interest in the Arts & Design field.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite: Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel are required.  Robust Excel skills in particular are a definite plus.
  • Fluency with Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Hootsuite) required.
  • InDesign, Photoshop and html skills preferred.

Please email your resume and cover letter to Claire Laporte: press@madmuseum.org  

The cover letter should detail your skill set and work experience as they might relate to Communications/PR in a non-profit, museum or art & design setting. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

Intern must be able to commit a minimum of 3 days per week.


Development Internship

The Museum of Arts and Design is seeking an undergraduate/graduate (preferred) student interested in working in a busy Development office. The intern will report to the Director of Institutional Giving and the Development Associate, Institutional Giving and work closely with other senior members of the team.

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This is an exciting opportunity to be an active and valued member of a non-profit development department and gain high-level experience in a variety of development areas including event planning, corporate sponsorship, and institutional giving. Interns will be trained in prospect research, Raiser's Edge and grant writing.

Ideal candidates:

  • Graduate or undergraduate student in Museum Studies, Art History, Arts Administration, Communication, or related fields
  • Have strong proofreading and copyediting capabilities
  • Have strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Strong research capabilities
  • Have knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Possess knowledge of or interest in the visual arts and fundraising
  • Knowledge of Adobe InDesign a plus

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist with corporate, foundation, government, and individual prospect research
  • Update donor records in Raiser's Edge
  • Prepare prospect research profiles
  • Attend development events, development team meetings
  • Fulfill corporate member benefits such as free admission and information requests
  • Proofread letters, proposals, and reports, as needed

23 days per week.  Internships are unpaid however students can receive course credit.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter to Jessica.lynne@madmmuseum.org. Please indicate start and end dates as well as hours you are able to commit to this internship. No phone calls please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.