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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 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: July 20, 2014



Curatorial Intern: Contemporary Art

The intern will work with the curator of Contemporary Art and perform the following tasks: research the collection, prepare for exhibitions and aid in curatorial projects. Masters candidate and long-term commitment preferred.




  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



UMFA Internship Questions

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

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