The UMFA offers excellent professional museum experience through Museum internships—collaborate with Museum professionals, acquire valuable behind-the-scenes experience, participate in Museum projects and initiatives, and build resume objectives. A qualified 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 specified. 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 6–10 hours/week and are required to attend a series of enrichments led by the UMFA Campus Outreach Coordinator. These opportunities provide interaction with the UMFA director, department heads, and professional staff—affording comprehensive exposure to Museum operations.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) seeks a marketing and communications intern to coordinate the UMFA’s presence at community festivals, perform audience research, and distribute print information about Museum exhibitions and programs. The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communications skills; the ability to work independently but also collaboratively with staff members and volunteers; and be highly organized, self-motivated, reliable, and resourceful.
This internship focuses on the Utah Museum of Fine Arts collection of Himalayan Buddhist sculpture and painting. The collection has received only cursory research that includes names and brief description of the objects for the museum’s Argus Database. Working under the supervision of the Associate Curator of Collections and Antiquities, intern will carry out research and creation of reports that will correct erroneous entries, update existing descriptions, and add new relevant material. A second goal is assisting in the selection of sculpture for rotation in the South Asian installation including creation of tombstone and didactic labels, either as a standalone or part of a South Asian gallery guide.
We strongly recommend using resume and interview resources available from campus career services before applying.
1. Read through the listings for each semester to find a good fit
2. Click here to download the application
3. Complete and submit the application via email or mail* and include:
• Letter stating your interest in this internship, relevant skills, and learning objectives (no more than 500 words)
• Contact information for three references—these do not need to be letters of reference
• Academic transcript if you are enrolled or have graduated in the last twelve months (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
4. The intern coordinator will contact potential interns to schedule an interview
5. After successfully completing the interview with the 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.