Blaffer Art Museum interns learn about the art museum field while gaining experience and knowledge of professional practices. Interns are integral to the realization of the museum’s educational mission, and learn about scholarly enterprise, outreach initiatives, and operations of the museum. Students undertake individual and group projects under the mentorship of museum professionals. Under the guidance of the Education department, internships are conducted in the curatorial and education departments.
- Internships are unpaid.
- Internships are ten hours per week during the UH fall, spring, and summer semesters.
- University of Houston students may seek credit with their major or opt to volunteer.
- Interns are assigned to staff-mentored projects in one or more departments.
Internships may be renewed, subject to a review at the end of the semester
General Internship Requirements/ Applicants Are:
- Interest in the field of position applied and initiative in learning museum practices.
- Juniors, seniors or graduate students in the arts or education at University of Houston; students enrolled at other universities may be eligible to apply.
- Responsible, professional, and motivated to learn.
- Intern should have basic skills in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Knowledge in Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop preferred.
- Join the Blaffer Art Museum Student Association (BAMSA)
- Participate in special museum tours given by curators and visiting artists
- Attend museum programs and events
- Work closely with museum staff to develop specialized skills pertinent to academic programs and career goals.
- Receive library training
- Network with like-minded peers who are passionate about art
- Get discounts on publications
- Take group field trip to museums, private collections, or special university programs and events
Blaffer Art Museum welcomes applications for internships in the fall, spring, and summer semesters, and may be renewed for an additional semester subject to review.
Deadlines: Spring (December 15) for students enrolling in the course; (January 15) for students not enrolling in the course; Summer (April 30); Fall (August 20).
- Please print out and fill out this application and send it with your resume, cover letter, and unofficial academic transcript to Curator of Education Katherine Veneman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In your cover letter, indicate three areas in which you’d like to work, tell us how you learned about the opportunity, and why you are applying.
- Qualified applicants are interviewed by the Curator of Education and museum staff to determine eligibility.
- Summer Internships are available to students who attend UH and other colleges or universities. Contact the applicable department at the university or college you attend to find out if academic credit is available.
- At the time of application, interns should indicate which track they will pursue as well as their preferred departments.