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The UMFA Internship Program builds the skills of college juniors and seniors, recent graduates, graduate students, and beginning museum professionals. UMFA interns are provided with the opportunity to build their resumes, gain valuable behind-the-scenes experience, and work with professional staff members to complete museum projects and initiatives.


The Museum offers two or three sessions of internships per year that follow the University of Utah's semester-based calendar: Spring, Summer, or Fall. Summer Semester internships last 12 weeks, while Fall or Spring Semester internships last 15 weeks. Internships are available in numerous Museum departments, including collections, curatorial, programming, education, marketing, and more. Unless otherwise indicated, internships DO NOT include a stipend.


Once accepted, each intern is placed in a specific museum department and assigned a museum mentor. They are expected to work an average of six to ten hours per week, and are required to attend a series of enrichments that allow them to interact with the UMFA's Director, department heads, and professional staff, gaining comprehensive exposure to the Museum's operations. UMFA interns are also invited to attend the UMFA's general staff meetings and their assigned department's staff meetings.


UMFA interns who are also current University of Utah students may apply for a $500 scholarship during the semester they serve as an intern.





Application deadline: March 24, 2014


Click below or scroll for internship descriptions:

COLLECTIONS: Gallery Maintenance Technicial  |  COLLECTIONS: Imaging and Cataloging  |  COLLECTIONS: Registration and Collections Management  |  SECURITY: Institutional Protection Research  |  PR AND MARKETING: Development and Communications  |  DEVELOPMENT: Development and Special Events




Collections: Gallery Maintenance Technician

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts Collections Department is looking for an intern to fill the position of Gallery Maintenance Technician. This internship will span over the summer semester and will require the intern to conduct gallery maintenance and object cleanings on a variety of materials on exhibition. Maintenance includes dusting and vacuuming of museum galleries, dusting of art objects, cleaning of plexi-glass cases and other miscellaneous tasks throughout the galleries as needed, particularly when special exhibitions are in the museum. Outside of maintenance, the intern will have the opportunity to explore some of the more theoretical aspects of collections care and preventative preservation; as part of this internship, the intern will be asked to do readings on the materials they will be working with to gain a better understanding of museum best practices for collections care. Opportunities to develop storage maintenance plans as well as other procedural plans will occur as well as a chance to assist in maintenance for several large exhibitions at the UMFA.


Qualifications/Requirements: This internship is ideal for students looking for an opportunity to learn more about museum collections care and preservation, students who are interested in conservation work, and/or students who may be looking into graduate programs in museum studies, preservation studies, or conservation. The student will have had prior museum/art gallery experience and will be able to commit at least eight hours to the museum weekly.




Collections: Imaging and Cataloging

The Collections and Exhibitions Department seeks an imaging and cataloging intern for the Summer 2014 semester. The intern will work in the photography studio with the Collections Photographer and Digital Media Producer to photograph objects, process image files, and embed digital metadata. In addition, they will work across departments to gather data for the Museum's online database to create greater access to the permanent collection. The intern will learn about photographing a museum collection for documentation and publicity purposes, archiving digital materials, the principles of a collections management database, and object metadata. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of digital photography and studio practices, be extremely detail oriented, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and have an understanding of relational databases.




Collections: Registration and Collections Management

The Collections Department at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) seeks an intern for the summer 2014 semester. The internship will be split between registration and collections management, covering several different aspects to allow the intern to gain experience with the inner workings of a museum's collections department.


The intern will have the opportunity to help develop and implement an organization plan in order to improve access to the UMFA's artist files, an important source of information for curators and outside researchers alike. The intern will also have a multitude of other responsibilities including assisting the Registrar with file organization and maintenance and management of incoming loans. Collections duties include assisting the Collections Manager with storage maintenance including but not limited to the creation of storage mounts, inventory and implementing collections projects as needed.


In addition to practical tasks, the intern will have the opportunity to explore some of the more theoretical aspects of object information management, collections care and preventative-preservation; as part of this internship, the intern will be required to do relevant readings to gain a better understanding of best practices in the Registarial and Collections Management fields as well as to familiarize themselves with the UMFA's collection.


Qualifications/Requirements: The ideal candidate will be organized, self-motivated, and looking for an opportunity to learn more about museum registration and collections management and/or looking into graduate programs in museum studies. Candidates will have had prior museum/art gallery experience and will be able to commit at least ten hours to the museum weekly. The applicant must be able to lift 25 pounds from ground to waist and be comfortable in an active work environment.


Breakdown of time commitment:

• Registration duties: 60% reporting to the Registrar
• Collection management duties: 40% reporting to the Collections Manager




Security: Institutional Protection Research

The Security Department at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) is writing an assessment report to provide valuable information for the UMFA and the University administration. The assessment report will have the potential to assist UMFA in obtaining grants for future building improvements and staff training. The intern will be assisting the Security Manager in writing and editing the report. In this process an intern will learn about institutional protection, safety, security, building design, and law enforcement trends. This will be great experience for someone interested in team management, architecture, or security design. This internship might appeal to an architect, electrical or civil engineer, someone interested in a law enforcement career, or someone seeking a degree in social work. The intern will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement, as the details of the report cannot be released, but the skills learned can be utilized to further your design or law enforcement career. Applicant must be familiar with MS Word and Excel. With your application and resume please provide a sample of your professional / educational report writing skills. Applicant will need to pass a background check prior to beginning work on this project.




PR and Marketing: Development and Communications

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) seeks a development and communications intern with excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to work independently or as part of a team on multiple projects. Must be highly organized, self-motivated, and reliable. Expertise in still photography, videography, and/or video editing a plus. Finalists will be asked to submit samples of written or photographic work.


The intern will report to the UMFA's public relations and marketing manager and the executive assistant to the executive director. 15-20 hours a week. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in a fun and creative professional environment.




Development: Development and Special Events

The intern will work closely with the Manager of Annual Giving on tasks associated with upcoming events including the Art is 100 Gala on May 29. Other events will include opening receptions and donor cultivation events. Duties will include guest list and database management in addition to assisting with invitation mailings, event archiving, conducting guest list follow up, providing on-site assistance at events, and a number of administrative tasks. Candidate must have strong organizational skills, the ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment, and the ability to maintain the highest level of discretion and confidentiality with sensitive donor information.






  1. Download the Internship Application HERE.
  2. Complete and submit the application via email or mail* and include:
    • Resume or C.V.
    • Letter of interest of no more than 500 words that states why you want to be an intern at the UMFA, what skills you would bring to the internship and what you hope to gain from the experience.

    • Three references - these do not need to be letters of reference, just contact information.
    • Academic transcript, if you are enrolled or have graduated in the last 12 months (unofficial transcript is okay).
  3. The Intern Coordinator will contact potential interns to arrange an interview.
  4. After successfully completing the interview with the Intern Coordinator you may be contacted by a potential mentor/supervisor for a second interview.
  5. You will be notified of a successful placement in the program approximately one month prior to the start of the internship.

*if you choose to mail your application, please be sure to mail it several days in advance of the deadline to allow it to arrive in time. Late applications will not be accepted. We strongly suggest that students utilize the resume and interview resources available from their campus career services office before applying.




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