Interns are expected to work approximately 12-15 hours per week as well as one special event per semester (unless otherwise specified). Internships at the museum are non-credit. Most internships at the museum are volunteer (i.e., unpaid), but interns gain valuable experience and contacts. All interns at the Georgia Museum of Art must be at least rising juniors in college.
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or veteran status in its programs or activities.
Design and Preparation Interns
Interns in the design and preparation department assist in the gallery needs of the museum. Interns gain experience in art handling, design and exhibition preparation. No experience is necessary, but a basic knowledge of matting and framing techniques, art handling, carpentry skills and painting is preferred. Interns should also possess a strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills. Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.
Interns in the museum's education department develop educational materials based on the collection and help plan and implement educational programs and events. Students should have an interest in art, teaching art to others and learning about the different facets of museum education. A background in art, art history or education is preferred but not required. Interested students should complete the internship application and send it with a résumé to the museum. This internship is open to both UGA students and students from other institutions.
Interns working with the curator of American art, curator of decorative arts or Pierre Daura Curator of European Art assist with permanent collection research and with research and planning for temporary exhibitions. Daura Center interns are required to write at least one research-based blog post each semester. Students who would like to be considered for curatorial internships should submit a writing sample of 1 to 10 pages, a list of art history courses taken (with grades received), a cover letter, resumé/cv and the internship application.
Daura Center Graduate Intern
The Daura Center occasionally offers paid internships to graduate students. The Daura Center graduate intern assists the Pierre Daura Curator of European Art in organizing and researching the Pierre Daura archive and collection, as well as assisting with the museum's programming in European art: research, exhibitions, publications and acquisitions. Please note that this internship is not available to students who are otherwise employed by UGA. If applying for the paid, graduate-level internship, please indicate this on the internship application. Submit your application along with a cover letter, resumé/cv and a writing sample of 10 to 20 pages.
The museum has its own imprint, which means that it publishes its own books from start to finish, from soliciting authors to shaping text, working with freelance graphic designers, finding printers, and, in some cases, serving as distributor for the finished product. Publications interns at the Georgia Museum of Art work on all phases of the museum’s publications, which include exhibition catalogues, brochures, scholarly books and the quarterly newsletter. They may write for the newsletter and the blog, edit rough drafts submitted by authors inside and outside the museum, proofread and copyedit materials from designers and printers, work on permissions for images, conduct research in the museum’s curatorial files and the UGA library, check facts, correspond with authors and museums or design materials to market the museum’s publications. English and comparative literature majors are preferred, but a strong grasp of the mechanics of writing is even more so. A great knowledge of art is not required, but an interest in it is helpful.
Public Relations Interns
Interns in public relations at the museum are generally (but not exclusively) undergraduate PR students who have completed their entry level courses in the Grady School of Journalism. Interns are unpaid, but gain valuable experience in writing press releases and newsletter content, blogging, working on social media campaigns and pitching to publications. No art knowledge is necessary, but basic experience in press release and PSA writing is recommended along with general knowledge of Facebook and Twitter. Experience with graphic design, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign is also recommended but not required. Interns are also required to work two special events per semester, a fun way to experience the museum's many programs and events.
Interns have continued their careers in organizations such as the Seattle Symphony, Zoo Atlanta, Dreamworks, The Weather Channel, the UGA Foundation, the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Some have continued their careers in other museums such as the Michael C. Carlos Museum, the High Museum, the Creekwood Museum, Sotheby’s, LaJolla’s Scott White Contemporary Gallery and the William Doyle Galleries.
If you are interested in an internship at the Georgia Museum of Art, please fill out an internship application and contact the department in which you are interested.
Application Deadlines (unless otherwise noted in individual internship descriptions)
- Spring semester internships: December 19
- Summer semester internships: April 25
- Fall semester internships: July 14