The Mississippi Museum of Art’s internship program provides undergraduate and graduate students with insight into the operations of a museum and offers interns invaluable hands-on experience. Positions are available during the spring, summer, and fall semesters and are unpaid, unless otherwise noted. Spring and fall internships are part-time (minimum 10 hrs. per week) and summer internships are full-time (40 hours per week) unless other arrangements are made with the supervisor.
Please note the following application deadlines:
Fall Semester: July 31
Spring Semester: November 30
Summer Semester: March 31
Academic credit may be available for internships, though credit is granted through a student’s university. Check with your academic advisor or registrar’s office for further information.
Available internships vary semester to semester, but please see below for a general description of each internship that might be available. Keep in mind that internships often include tasks and projects from different departments.
Exhibitions and Programs Intern: This position works closely with the exhibitions staff to research and/or write about topics for future exhibitions. Various preliminary exhibition development work may be explored such as locating potential loans, drafting paperwork, and developing checklists. Interns in this area may assist in preparation work for exhibitions such as matting/framing, painting, and assisting with exhibition installation. Other opportunities may arise in the programs department for developing/planning exhibition-related programs or assisting in research or other tasks related to creating exhibition catalogues.
Collections Management Intern: This position provides a “hands-on” opportunity to assist the Collections staff with various tasks related to the care of the museum’s collection. Intern projects include cataloging, inventorying, photographing, and tracking artwork. Other projects may include preventative conservation, assisting with the preparation of exhibitions offered through the museum’s affiliate network, and other registration duties related to installation / de-installation of exhibitions.
Education Intern: This position assists the education department with various projects related to its School Programs, Family & Interpretive Programs, Community Outreach Programs, & Studio Programs. Intern projects often include researching artists in the collection, developing interpretive matierals for various audiences, writing curriculum for K-12 teachers, and helping to plan ongoing educational programs.
Marketing/Public Relations Intern: This position provides support for the marketing/pr department in order to meet the Museum’s goals and objectives. Intern projects include conducting marketing research, tending to public and media relations, and implementing promotions for Museum events and exhibitions. Projects also may include drafting, editing, and distributing marketing materials, as well as producing content for the Museum's blog.