Undergraduate internships at the Palmer Museum of Art are offered as volunteer opportunities, with the goal of providing educational experience in a professional museum setting. Interns gain practical experience by working with museum professionals on projects and programs. At the same time, the museum benefits from research and contributions made by interns.

Internships require participants to devote 8-10 hours per week at the museum. During these hours, interns complete the objectives of specific projects and daily departmental assignments.

Applicants for undergraduate internships at the Palmer should be in good standing at Pennsylvania State University, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

To download an application, form and instructions, click here: Palmer Undergraduate Internship Application
To download the recommendation form, click here: Internship Recommendation Form

Deadline for Spring 2020 Intern Applications: December 2, 2019

Spring 2020 Intern Projects – click on links to see full project descriptions



The Palmer Museum of Art seeks Penn State student volunteers to work with us to create and present engaging programs that encourage visitors to explore world-class art and exhibitions. Palmer Student Ambassadors (PSAs) will represent student interests and work with the museum’s Education Department to develop creative and innovative events for a variety of audiences. No previous art experience is required, and we encourage participation by students from all academic areas of Penn State.

Interested students must be comfortable and professional with public interaction and must be able and willing to make a one-semester commitment of 5-10 hours per week, with some weekend and evening shifts scheduled throughout the semester. Availability to attend at least one training session per week is required – either Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or Thursdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m. For more information, attend a scheduled Informational Meeting or email the museum educator, Brandi Breslin, at

Palmer Student Ambassador Informational Meetings

Students interested in becoming a Palmer Student Ambassador should plan to attend an informational meeting for the semester in which they would like to apply. All meetings are held in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium. Upcoming 2019-2020 Informational Sessions:

  • Fall 2019 - Thursday, September 5, 2:00 p.m.
  • Spring 2020 - Thursday, January 23, 2:00 p.m.