Museum Internships

Museum Internships

During the summer, Brandywine Museum of Art seeks undergraduate or graduate students 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, hands-on projects, off-site field trips, and networking opportunities, interns will prepare for careers in museum fields.  

The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is committed to increasing the diversity of our internship cohort and encourage applications from those who are members of groups currently and historically underrepresented in museum staff. We strongly encourage students who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or two or more races, LBGTQIA+, individuals with disabilities, and/or those who are first-generation college students. 

Application Deadlines

Applications for Summer 2024 internships have closed for the season. If you are interested, please check back in January 2025 for next summer's opportunities.

Summer 2024 Internship Opportunities 

Collections Management Intern 

The Registrar’s Office manages the collections by cataloguing acquisitions, maintaining records, conducting inventories, and condition reporting. Another component includes supervising storage, and arranging packing, shipping, and insurance for loans to and from the museum. This internship is an opportunity to assist the registrars and preparators with: record keeping, inventory and storage projects, data entry, and image management. Two primary projects for this summer include assisting the museum’s annual framed inventory and organizing data in TMS regarding the 1996 Carolyn Wyeth bequest. Interns will develop essential museum skills in database management, condition reporting, and inventory procedures. An art history, museum studies, or studio art background is required; excellent organizational skills and basic computer literacy are essential. This internship requires on-site work in Chadds Ford, PA but also has some work from home opportunities. 

Wyeth Study Center Curatorial Intern 

The Andrew & Betsy Wyeth Study Center (WSC) is a research and collections care facility on the second floor of the Brandywine Museum of Art, centered on more than three thousand works of art by Andrew Wyeth, plus important holdings of rare books and archival materials. Ongoing work of the WSC includes local and national exhibition development, publications, collection digitization, supporting researchers, and the development of the Andrew Wyeth Catalogue Raisonné. The WSC intern will have the opportunity to contribute to upcoming exhibition projects, as well as developing key skills of museum work including print and digital records management, rehousing archival materials, historical research, and public communications. Some experience of researching, communicating about, and/or handling art a plus. This internship requires on-site work in Chadds Ford, PA but also has some work from home opportunities.  

Education Intern 

The Education Office engages visitors of all ages with the museum’s collection and special exhibitions through dynamic programs and interpretive materials. This internship is an opportunity to learn more about museum education by working alongside staff to assist with designing and leading craft activities, scavenger hunts, adult gallery talks, and additional programs. This summer will also include an opportunity to work on writing content for our upcoming digital guide. Interns will develop essential skills in museum interpretation, visitor engagement, and art supply management. An art-related background is preferred, but not required. This internship requires on-site work in Chadds Ford, PA but also has some work from home opportunities. 

Graphic Design Intern 

The Marketing Office offers an internship which 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, including print design, exhibition graphics, marketing collateral, and signage. The intern will assist marketing staff with a wide range of upcoming design projects, with a focus on art exhibition graphics. Applicants should have an interest in pursuing a career in the arts and museum field. To be eligible for this internship, the intern should have a background in print and digital design, along with proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop). Strong typographic skills and an interest in pursuing exhibition design are a plus. Applicants should include a portfolio with samples of relevant design work in their application. This internship requires in-person work in Chadds Ford, PA, but also has some work from home opportunities.  

Research Center Intern 

The Walter and Lenore Annenberg Research Center houses the museum’s reference library, archives, and special collections that support the research of the art collection. Research Center collection highlights include materials such as manuscripts, rare books, scrapbooks, and photographs, pertaining to the Wyeth family of artists, Howard Pyle and his students, and American book illustration. This internship is an opportunity to learn about the management of an art library through projects such as library cataloging, answering reference queries, archival processing, preparing and writing finding aids, and training in preservation methods and materials. This year’s internship will have a heavy focus on library cataloging and archival processing. The intern will work closely with the Research Center Manager, who will supervise all projects. Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, as well as strong research, writing, and communication skills are required. A background in library science and/or archival studies is preferred. Current library science or archives management students at the graduate level are encouraged to apply.  This internship requires on-site work in Chadds Ford, PA but also has some work from home opportunities.