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Museum Studies Summer Internship

The Museum Studies Internship Program is an unpaid volunteer internship opportunity that provides interns with exposure to the inner-workings of a major metropolitan museum, promoting an awareness of careers in the field through experiences not available in most academic settings. An internship with the Philadelphia Museum of Art is an invaluable cultural, professional, and personal experience. The Museum selects a diverse group of talented undergraduate and graduate students from a highly competitive international pool of candidates.

The Museum Studies Internship Program runs Monday through Friday for nine weeks. The internship is made up of two parts: interns volunteer for three-and-one-half days per week in a specific placement within a Museum department; one-and-one-half days per week they participate in a Museum Studies group colloquium (on Mondays and Thursday afternoons). Interns are placed according to departmental needs that vary from year to year.

Required Application Materials

Please complete the following application materials by Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Application Form

Please include your résumé, essay, transcripts, and any other required documents (if applicable) when you submit your application. Additional materials will not be considered. Application materials should be submitted as PDFs. Also identify up to four areas of interest for internship placement (see the “Description of Past Intern Placements” section for placement descriptions). In addition, please submit contact information (name, email, and phone number) for 2 individuals who will be able to provide a letter of recommendation.


Please be sure to include relevant employment and volunteer experiences as well as computer and language skills.


Please limit the essay to no more than 400 words and be sure to address the following:

  • Explain your interest in the museum/art field and what led you to apply for the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Museum Studies Internship Program.
  • Describe how your specific interests, skill sets, and experiences might relate to the department(s) you have selected on the application form.


Please provide unofficial transcripts for your entire undergraduate/graduate career, including the college or university you currently attend and any you may have previously attended.

Two Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must have two confidential letters of recommendation submitted by past or current professors or academic advisors or a past or current employer who is familiar with your skills and abilities. The letters of recommendation must be submitted via email to by the application deadline. The recommendation emails should clearly indicate the applicant’s name in the subject line and must come directly from the recommender’s email.

Diversity Internship Stipend

The Diversity Internship Stipend for Philadelphia Students is intended to encourage participation in the Museum Studies Internship Program by college students from diverse backgrounds who live or attend school in Philadelphia and who would otherwise not be able to participate in an unpaid summer internship experience.

Four stipends of $3,000 each are available for the summer of 2019.

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Meet all regular eligibility requirements for the Museum Studies Internship Program
  • Be a permanent resident of the city of Philadelphia, or a current student or 2019 graduate at a college or university located in Philadelphia
  • Submit documentation from his or her college or university confirming that the applicant receives or has received financial aid

To apply for the Diversity Internship Stipend for Philadelphia Students, students must submit all required materials for application to the Museum Studies Summer Internship Program as well as:

  • A separate letter stating why you believe you are qualified to be considered for a Diversity Internship Stipend for Philadelphia Students
  • Documentation from your college or university confirming that you receive or have received financial aid

All materials must be submitted by Thursday, January 31, 2019. We will make our selection among qualified stipend candidates based on the strength of application materials.

Applications for the 2019 Museum Studies Internship Program are due by Thursday, January 31, 2019.

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