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Internships at the UMFA

We are offering internships on an as-needed basis while UMFA galleries are temporarily closed for remodeling. Galleries will open August 26, 2016.

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. 


Application deadline: January 9, 2017end of day

Internships begin: January 2017

Grants Intern
Gain first-hand experience working in a fine arts institution and leave with a comprehensive view of museum work. The intern will be supervised by the grants and institutional giving development officer. Regular check-ins with the internship coordinator will be provided.


  • Identify local and national grant-making institutions with a history of funding projects similar to the UMFA's
  • Research government and private foundation grant opportunities
  • Understand UMFA programs and activities and prepare reports for institutional funders


  • Strong interest in non-profit arts administration
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Detail-oriented and self-motivated

Schedule: 10 hours per week (Monday-Thursday preferred)


Development Intern
Gain valuable experience in a creative professional environment. Time will be spent in each Museum department, but primarily in the development department. The intern will report to the executive assistant to the executive director.

The UMFA seeks a development intern with excellent research experience, written and verbal communication skills, and Microsoft Office experience. Candidate must be work independently or as part of a team on multiple projects and must be highly organized, self-motivated, willing, and reliable. 


  • Work independently or as part of a team on multiple projects
  • Become familiar with the basic operation of a non-profit fine arts institution
  • Create a historical record of Museum's endowment and individual donor activity


  • Excellent research and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Highly organized, self-motivated, willing, and reliable

Schedule: 10 hours per week


Festivals Intern
Plan and execute a year-long festivals outreach campaign in a creative museum environment, directly supporting the UMFA's marketing and communication. Coordinate Museum's presence at community festivals as we promote our August 2017 reopening. The position reports to the director of marketing and communications.


  • Research and recommend festivals to participate in
  • Plan and prioritize method and level of participation
  • Schedule staff and volunteers
  • Day-of implementation
  • Detailed reporting
  • Related duties

Required Skills:

  • Ability to work independently but also collaboratively with staff members and volunteers
  • Highly organized, self-motivated, reliable, and resourceful
  • Attention to detail, creativity, grace under pressure
  • Excellent communications skills-written and spoken
  • Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel experience
  • Reliable transportation and ability to lift moderately heavy loads
  • Event or festivals coordination and customer service experience is a plus

Schedule: Maximum of 10 hours per week balanced between weekday, weekend, and occasional evenings as necessary.



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 download 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

*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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