The Museum of Arts and Design has a long-standing history of supporting undergraduate and graduate internships that provide meaningful, engaging and project-based opportunities. Internship positions are available in several departments and allow 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

Applicant must attend an institution of learning with courses leading to a degree, certificate or diploma. Applicant is eligible during periods when school is not in session only under the following conditions: they were students the previous semester, they have not yet graduated or completed program requirements, or they have graduated, but are starting a new academic program within six months. Applicant must be a US citizen or completing residence requirements for a degree.


Communications Internship

The Museum of Arts and Design is seeking an undergraduate/graduate student interested in working in a busy Communications office. The intern will report to the Chief Communications Officer and the Communications 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).


  • 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 press@madmuseum.org with "Communications Intern" in the subject line.

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 Assistant Director of Individual Giving and the Board Liaison/Executive Assistant.

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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 and individual giving. Interns will be trained in Raiser's Edge.

Ideal candidates:

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

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist with individual prospect research
  • Update donor records in Raiser's Edge
  • Prepare prospect research profiles
  • Attend development events, development team meetings
  • Prepare and assemble mailings, invitations, etc.
  • Track RSVPs and event registrations

2- 3 days per week.  Internships are unpaid.  Some evenings may be required.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter to development@madmuseum.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.


Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs at MAD are designed to foster visitor engagement through experiential programming and activation of exhibition spaces that promote learning museum-wide. Interpretive projects include working with the docent program helping them prepare to give tours, developing Thursday night 'experiential' programming for drop-in audiences, and working with MAD's interactive Artist Studios.  Interpretive programs have a strong visitor-centered objective and aim to respond to visitors' expectations, needs and behaviors.

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Interpretive Programs Interns report to the Manager of Interpretation in the Education Department.  Interns will:

  • Conduct research related to exhibitions and help to translate artist and contextual information into usable resources for gallery guides such as docents and guards
  • Help coordinate materials needed for artist selection from application materials to committee review materials
  • Coordinate and prepare drafts of drop-in program ideas generated by artist educators; Contribute ideas for experiential programs
  • Gather analytical information about visitor experience, behavior and engagement in exhibitions such as observations and surveys
  • Review interpretative materials and provide feedback; research interpretive tools at other institutions
  • Participate in training opportunities to deepen knowledge and understanding of museum education, including: docent and educator training sessions, doing gallery worksheets and conducting program observations
  • Assist with administrative responsibilities associated with interpretative programs

To apply for this internship please send a cover letter, writing sample and resume to carli.beseau@madmuseum.org with "Interpretive Programs Intern" in the subject line.  Your cover letter should outline your specific interest in this internship, along with your qualifications and skills that you believe make you a strong candidate for this opportunity. Your writing sample should be no longer than five pages and be representative of your skills as a researcher, communicator and translator of ideas into concise, meaningful content.