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.
Summer 2018 Internships
Audience Research and Marketing Intern
Marketing and Communications
To enhance the visitor experience at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Audience Research & Marketing Intern will work with the Visitor Experience Coordinator and Public Relations and Marketing Assistant to collect audience data and evaluations through intercept surveys and interviews. To help advance the UMFA’s marketing and communications goals, the intern will work with the Public Relations and Marketing Assistant to distribute print and digital information about Museum exhibitions and programs. The intern may also help to collect and assess information from Google Analytics.
Working toward a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, history, psychology, education, marketing, communications, museum education, museum studies, studio art, art history, art education, or a related field. Previous experience conducting audience research and website analytics a plus.
Ability to interact well with diverse audiences, effectively present information, and respond to questions. Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to follow detailed instructions and execute tasks with precision. Must be punctual.
Expected Learning Outcomes
The intern will be able to effectively collect and analyze data to improve the visitor experience. The intern will be able to communicate the needs of visitors to the museum. The intern will gain an overall understanding of evaluation and marketing and communications efforts.
Qualitative & Qualitative Research Analysis Internship
Development and Education
Under the guidance of UMFA's Development staff, the selected candidate will conduct qualitative and quantitative research in the fields of art museums and educational programs with the goal of designing practical methods of evaluation for UMFA's K-12 educational programs. This internship will also provide an opportunity for face-to face interaction with the Museum's visitors to collect data on programs and visitor experience. This internship offers between 12-15 hours per week with very flexible scheduling. More information about UMFA's K-12 Educational Programs is available at https://umfa.utah.edu/k-12
Currently pursuing a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in one of the following fields: anthropology, history, psychology, education, marketing, communications, political science, consumer and community studies, museum education, museum studies, studio art, art history, art education, or a related field. Hinckley Institute of Politics students are encouraged to apply.
Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule format. Ability to interact well with diverse audiences, effectively present information, and respond to questions.
Expected Learning Outcomes
The selected candidate will learn to design, collect, and analyze surveys, and will design questionnaires for face-to-face interviews and discussions. The intern will gain an overall understanding of evaluation process of programs' impact and grant requirement reports from a museum and non-profit organization perspective.
12-15 hours/week with very flexible scheduling
Data Integrity Assistant
Data Integrity Assistant will utilize a variety of information resources to complete projects within the UMFA's complex donor database, including but not limited to data correction, completion, and standardization.
Must be seeking a four-year college degree.
Interest in donor database management
Interest in the arts or gaining experience in the nonprofit sector
Interest in supporting fundraising efforts
Interest in learning more about institutional advancement
Acute attention to detail
Ability to learn tasks quickly
Ability to work diligently with minimal oversight
Tolerance for repetitive tasks and processes
Expected Learning Outcomes
Intern will learn processes involved in database and records management. Other topics may be covered depending on intern's interest in other areas of nonprofit development work.
Apply for an Internship
We strongly recommend using resume and interview resources available from campus career services before applying.
- Read through the listings for each semester to find a good fit
- Click here to download the application
- 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)
- The intern coordinator will contact potential interns to schedule an interview
- 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.