Undergraduate internships at the Palmer Museum of Art are offered 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 a committment 8-10 hours per week for both the fall and spring semesters. Exact work schedules can be flexible to accommodate class needs and will be set with supervisors at the beginning of each semester.

Undergraduate interns may work with the Palmer in one of three methods:

  • Qualify for hourly wages through Community Service Federal Work Study (CSFWS). To see if you would qualify for this funding, visit the Penn State CSFWS page at
  • Course credit via internship – check with your academic advisor to see if your department allows credit for internships
  • Volunteer – if you are not eligible for CSFWS or credit but still want to gain experience, you may work with us a volunteer intern

Application requirements:

Deadline to apply for 2020–21 Undergraduate Internships has been extended to: Sunday, August 9, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

2020–21 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 present programs that encourage visitors to explore world-class art and exhibitions. Palmer Student Ambassadors (PSAs) will interact with the public, inspire close-looking with original works of art, assist in creating gallery activities, and host public programs designed for Penn State students and community members. 

Previous art experience is not required, and students from all academic areas of Penn State are encouraged to participate. Interested students must be comfortable with public interaction and must be able and willing to make an academic year (fall and spring semesters) committment of 2–5 hours per week, with some weekend and evening shifts.

Weekly, required meetings are held Thursdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and provide training in gallery teaching, public speaking, and museum exhibitions. Evening and weekend program shifts take place once or twice per month (typically Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons), and daytime shifts may be scheduled to suit individual student schedules. 

Applications to participate in the 2020–21 PSA Program will be accepted through September 7, 2020. To download an application, click here. For more information, attend a scheduled Informational Meeting or email the museum educator, Brandi Breslin, at

Palmer Student Ambassador 2020–21 Informational Meeting

Students interested in becoming a Palmer Student Ambassador should plan to attend an informational meeting in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium. Upcoming sessions:

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 2, 2020, 2 p.m.