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.