Museum Internships

Museum Internships

The Brandywine River Museum of Art seeks internship applicants with an interest in American art and the Brandywine Valley’s arts and cultural community for experiential learning opportunities. Interns will gain an in-depth understanding of specific areas of museum work by participating in departmental activities and projects under the supervision of mentoring staff. Through practical museum training, departmental tours and networking opportunities interns will prepare for careers in museum fields.

Brandywine is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and encourages BIPOC students and others from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the museum field to apply. Applicants seeking course credit may discuss requirements with staff and make necessary arrangements through their college/university prior to the start of the internship. See below for internship information and application deadlines.

Internship Opportunities & Application Information

Summer 2022 Internships: May 30 to August 5, 2022 (dates may be flexible – inquire with application)

Deadline to apply: March 1, 2022; Notification: April 1, 2022

Stipends of $3,000 are available for summer internships, scheduled for ten weeks, 25 hours per week. Summer 2022 internships are designed for individuals who can work remotely some of the time but who are available to come to the Museum for certain events and activities. 

Curatorial Intern 

The Museum’s curatorial internship offers the opportunity for a student to learn about curatorial practice by participating in exhibition development and permanent collection planning. The intern will work directly with the curators on a variety of projects including:

  • writing social media posts for current and future exhibitions 
  • assisting with researching, writing and recording videos about works in our collection
  • supporting curators with tasks related to upcoming exhibition projects  
  • researching and presenting a gallery talk
  • participate in ongoing artist commission project
  • targeted research on undated collection items 

An art history background, with a particular strength in American art, 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, tours and interpretive materials. This internship is an opportunity to learn about museum education by working alongside education staff to:

  • assist with the design and implementation of programs for children and adults that highlight Brandywine’s permanent collection and upcoming special exhibitions 
  • facilitate a tour (in-person or virtual) of works on display or in the permanent collection
  • engage visitors by creating and/or leading activities for families at up to three weekend events
  • prepare lessons and activities for family programs that will accompany forthcoming exhibitions 
  • identify opportunities to further engage with diverse audiences through access and inclusion initiatives 

Applicants should have an interest in writing, interacting with audiences, and creative activities. An art history, art education or studio art background is preferred.

Graphic Design Intern

The graphic design internship provides students working toward a degree in Graphic Design or Marketing with an opportunity to gain experience working on a variety of real-world projects. Responsibilities include: 

  • Design: Assist the marketing team on developing web & social media graphics, brochures, ads, posters, and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Production: Project mock-ups, preparing files for print, and resizing ads.
  • Photo/Video: Help with video productions and photo editing, sorting, and tagging.

Applicants should have a background in design and be proficient in using Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop) and Microsoft Office software (Powerpoint, Word, and Teams). When applying, please include samples of design work as a link or attachment.

To apply for an internship, submit the documents listed below to [email protected], indicating which internship you are applying for. For more information, please call the education office at 610-388-8120 or email [email protected].

  • A cover letter stating what the applicant hopes to gain from the internship (including course credit, if applicable) as well as how your unique perspective and experience would contribute to Brandywine's mission
  • A resume including a list of relevant coursework