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Internships at the UMFA

The UMFA is temporarily closed, but we are still offering internships on an as-needed basis.

Internships at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts provide excellent professional museum experience. UMFA interns collaborate with museum professionals, acquire valuable behind-the-scenes experience, participate in Museum projects and initiatives, and build resume objectives. A good candidate will be eager to learn, complete the work assigned, and contribute to the success of the UMFA.

Internships are available in several Museum departments including collections, curatorial, public programming and education, development, marketing, and finance. Each position has unique objectives and required skills. Most internships are unpaid and DO NOT include a stipend, unless indicated otherwise. Once accepted, the intern is placed in a specific department and assigned a mentor/supervisor.

Museum interns are invited to attend department and Museum staff meetings. Interns are expected to work an average of six to ten hours per week, and are required to attend a series of enrichments led by the UMFA Campus Outreach Coordinator which provide interaction with the UMFA director, department heads, and professional staff—affording comprehensive exposure to museum operations. 


Curatorial Internship

The UMFA seeks an exceptional upper-level undergraduate or graduate student to participate in and contribute to the Museum's curatorial initiatives. 


  • Gather comprehensive artist research, research the permanent collection
  • Provide support for exhibition development and ongoing curatorial projects
  • Department administrative duties
  • Draft gallery labels
  • Organize files and libraries
  • Prepare correspondence, presentations, and checklists 


  • Strong knowledge of and interest in art history
  • Detail-oriented and self-motivated
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, writing samples are required for all applicants 
  • Competence in general research and office duties 
  • Pursuit of Masters degree in studio art, art history, curatorial studies, museum studies, or arts administration preferred    

Schedule: 16 hours/week minimum for one semester. Work-study and/or school credit can be arranged on case-by-case basis.

Application deadline: September 12, 2016end of day



We strongly recommend using resume and interview resources available from the campus career services before applying.

  1. Read through the listings for each semester to find a good fit
  2. CLICK HERE to ownload the Internship Application
  3. Complete and submit the application via email or mail* and include:
    1. Letter of interest of stating your interest in this internship, relevant skills, and learning objectives (no more than 500 words)
    2. Contact information for three references-these do not need to be letters of reference
    3. Academic transcript if you are enrolled or have graduated in the last 12 months (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  4. Intern coordinator will contact potential interns to schedule an interview
  5. After successfully completing the interview with the intern coordinator you may be contacted by the potential mentor/supervisor for a second interview
  6. If accepted, you will be notified of placement approximately one month prior to the start of the internship

*Mail the application several days in advance of the deadline—late applications will not be considered. 


Use the online form below or call 801.581.4405


UMFA Internship Questions

Please fill out the form below to contact the internship coordinator with questions about internships at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

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