Interns are ambassadors who represent the museum in the university community and beyond. They are an integral part of the Blaffer team, contributing to the scholarly enterprise, outreach initiatives, and operations of the museum. Internships are offered in the following departments: administrative, curatorial, education, development and public relations/membership. See detailed summaries of intern responsibilities for different departments on the job descriptions page.
- Internships are unpaid.
- Interns work a minimum of ten hours per week.
- Interns give a presentation of completed projects at the end of each semester.
- University of Houston students may be eligible to enroll in the course, Blaffer Art Museum Internship
Internships may be renewed, subject to a review at the end of the semester
General Internship Requirements
- Intern should have knowledge/interest in the field of position applied, and show initiative in developing skills specific to the field.
- Intern should be 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.
- Interns should be juniors or seniors; post-baccalaureate students are also eligible.
- Join the Blaffer Student Association (BSA)
- Participate in special museum tours given by curators and visiting artists
- Attend to museum programs and events
- Work closely with museum staff to develop specialized skills useful for future employment.
- 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
- Build a professional network by attending behind-the-scenes and member’s only events, interacting with board members, artists, curators, and program participants alike.
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 15).
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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 department(s) and duration of their internship:
- Track One: The intern works in one field, for either one or two semesters.
- Track Two: The intern works in two to three departments for one or two semesters.