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Internships at UMFA


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 internships each semester. 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: Monday, August 3, 2015

Curatorial Internship: Modern and Contemporary Art

The UMFA seeks an exceptional upper-level undergraduate or, preferably, graduate student to participate in and contribute to the museum's modern and contemporary curatorial initiatives.


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

Required Skills: Detail-oriented and self-motivated | Strong knowledge of and interest in modern and contemporary art and artists | Excellent oral and written communication skills | Competence in general research and office duties | Background in contemporary art and pursuit of Master's degree in studio art, art history, curatorial studies, museum studies, or arts administration preferred | Writing samples are required for all applicants

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

Development Internship

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) seeks a Development intern who will report to the executive assistant to the executive director of the Museum. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in a fun and creative professional environment.

Required Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills | MS Office applications experience | Work independently or as part of a team on multiple projects | Highly organized, self-motivated, and reliable | Expertise in still photography, videography, and/or video editing is a plus | Finalists will be asked to submit samples of written or photographic work

Schedule: 10-15+ hours/week

Museum Education Internship

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts' Department of Education and Engagement seeks an intern to assist with lesson plan development, object research, program research, pedagogy research, collections management, and general programmatic support. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in collection management through a series of Education Collection projects.  


  • Assist in development and design of curricular resources for K-12 students and teachers
  • Research Museum objects, artists, cultures, and time periods
  • provide support for exhibition development and in-class presentations
  • Assist with data collection and organization of databases 

Required Skills: Self-motivated, detail oriented, and reliable | Good written communication skills | Competent in general research | Able to carry up to 40 lbs. and willing to climb ladders | Work independently or as part of a team on multiple projects | Interest working in a museum, education, and collections management preferred | Experience in education and writing lesson plans preferred

Schedule: 10-15 hours/week, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm

Marketing and Communications Internship

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) seeks a marketing and communications intern to assist in promoting the UMFA's ambitious program of exhibitions, events, and community outreach. The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communications skills; the ability to work independently or as part of a team on multiple projects; and be highly organized, self-motivated, and reliable. Finalists will be asked to submit samples of written work. This internship offers an entry-level introduction into the daily marketing and communications efforts in a creative museum environment.


  • Contributes to strategic planning for promotion of exhibitions and events across campus and community
  • Distributes printed promotional collateral to community organizations
  • Helps coordinate UMFA's participation in campus and community festivals, preparing promotional materials and representing UMFA on an as-needed basis
  • Helps update University and community calendars with Museum event information
  • Helps develop and implement visitor and reader surveys
  • Helps track and evaluate website and electronic newsletter analytics
  • Research trends and implement automation features on email marketing platform
  • Assists in other marketing and communications initiatives as required

Required Skills: Excellent communications skills, both written and spoken | Attention to detail | Familiarity with social media | Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel | Creativity | Grace under pressure

Schedule: Weekdays, with occasional evenings and weekends

Membership and Donor Services Internship

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts presents an ambitious schedule of exhibitions, special events, classes, workshops, concerts, lectures, and other programs. The Museum's fast-paced, hands-on environment allows interns to experience how different departments work collaboratively to make these events possible. This internship offers an entry-level introduction into the daily operations of a Development Department.


  • Assisting with membership renewals
  • Gift acknowledgement
  • Database functions and updates
  • Internal office organization
  • Assisting with on-site and off-site museum events
  • Greet Museum members when they visit the Museum

Required Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills | Excellent research and computer skills | Desire to learn about fundraising operations for a not-for-profit organization | Discretion and professionalism in dealing with sensitive financial information | Ability to work independently and often on multiple tasks at one time | Detail oriented

Schedule: Flexibility required, includes some evening and weekend events


  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.



Use the online form below or call 801.581.4405


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