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Museum Internships

Museum Internships

The Brandywine River Museum of Art seeks undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in American art and the Brandywine Valley’s arts and cultural community. Students will have the opportunity to work with our education, registration, and curatorial staff on current and future projects. Interns will volunteer their time (without stipend) to gain experience in specific areas of museum work. Under the supervision of museum staff, interns will assist with departmental activities and projects as assigned by their respective mentors. Nine-week internships coincide with school semesters and summer break (dates may be flexible – inquire with application). See below for internship information and application deadlines.

Application Deadlines

Winter/Spring 2018 Internship: February 26 to April 27
Deadline: November 15, 2017; Notification: December 15, 2017 

Summer 2018 Internship: June 4 to August 3
Deadline: March 1, 2018; Notification: March 30, 2018 

Fall 2018 Internship: September 17 to November 16
Deadline: July 1, 2018; Notification: August 1, 2018

Internship Opportunities

Collections Management Intern

The Registrar’s Office manages the art and artifact collection by maintaining records, supervising storage and arranging packing, shipping and insurance for loans to and from the museum. This internship is an opportunity to learn about cataloguing, inventories, storage, data entry, image management and exhibition installation.  The intern will work with the registrars and preparator. An art history, museum studies, or studio art background is required; excellent organizational skills and basic computer literacy is essential.

Curatorial Intern

The Curatorial office conducts research on the collection, organizes exhibitions and develops essays for catalogues and other publications. This internship is an opportunity to learn about exhibition development, research methods and writing didactic texts. The intern will work directly with the curators. An art history background is required as are excellent writing and research skills.

Education Intern

The Education Office engages visitors of all ages with the museum’s collection and special exhibitions through programs and interpretive materials. This internship is an opportunity to learn about museum education by assisting with programs for children and adults, preparing educational materials, installing student exhibitions and writing entries for the museum blog. The intern will work with the Dean of Education and Public Programs and the education staff. An art history, art education or studio art background is preferred.

Research Center Intern

The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Research Center houses the museum’s reference library and special collections, in addition to the institutional archives of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art. This internship is an opportunity to learn about manuscript organization, rehousing collections, preparing finding aids and other archival management. The intern will work with the Manager of the Research Center. A background in art history, American history or library science is preferred; excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, as well as strong research, writing and communication skills are required.

To apply for an internship, submit the documents listed below to For more information, please call the education office at 610-388-8120.

  • A cover letter stating what the applicant hopes to gain from the internship
  • A résumé including a list of relevant coursework