Internships

SUMMER PAID INTERNSHIPS

The Palmer Museum of Art is able to offer paid internships during the summer semester for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. Summer interns work 20 hours per week at the museum for six weeks (exact dates can be flexible between June 1- Aug 9).

Applications for these positions are made through the Penn State jobs website, https://psu.jobs/. Links are provided below for each position.
Applicants interested in multiple positions will need to apply for each job posting separately.

For questions about Palmer Museum internships, contact Brandi Breslin at bgb56@psu.edu.

Deadline for Summer 2019 Intern Applications: March 15, 2019

 

Summer 2019 Intern Projects


Curatorial Research Internship in American Art
This internship is a research and planning position for ongoing projects in the Palmer’s curatorial department, including research, collections management, and exhibition planning. The main focus will be research and planning for the production of a catalog featuring the Palmer’s American art collection. Specific duties of this position will include: research art and artists related to the Palmer’s American art collection; participate in ongoing collection management projects including cataloguing new acquisitions and correcting existing records; assist with drafting interpretive text; assist with acquisition of rights for image reproduction; fact-check object files in preparation for publication. This position may also participate as needed with gallery installation projects and public programs. This internship is made possible by the Silver Trout Curatorial Graduate Internship Program. To be eligible for this position, you must be a Penn State graduate student in Art History or Art Education.
https://psu.jobs/job/85521

Curatorial Research Internship in Contemporary Art
This internship is a research and planning position for ongoing projects in the Palmer’s curatorial department, including research, collections management, and exhibition planning. Two areas of focus will be research and planning for a “Global Asias” exhibition and a “Fifty Years of Earth Day” exhibition. Specific duties of this position will include: research art and artists related to the Palmer’s collection; participate in ongoing collection management projects including cataloguing new acquisitions and correcting existing records; assist with drafting interpretive text; assist with acquisition of rights for image reproduction; fact-check object files in preparation for exhibition. This position may also participate as needed with gallery installation projects and public programs. This internship is made possible by the Silver Trout Curatorial Graduate Internship Program. To be eligible for this position, you must be a Penn State graduate student in Art History or Art Education.
https://psu.jobs/job/85524

Curatorial Research Internship in Japanese Works on Paper
This internship is a research and planning position for ongoing projects in the Palmer’s curatorial department, including research, collections management, and exhibition planning. The main focus will be to research the Palmer’s collection of Japanese woodblock prints to expand object files with information about artists, printmakers, subject matter, narrative context and image text. Specific duties of this position will include: research art and artists related to the Palmer’s collection; participate in ongoing collection management projects including cataloguing new acquisitions and correcting existing records; assist with drafting interpretive text; assist with acquisition of rights for image reproduction; fact-check object files in preparation for exhibition. This position may also participate as needed with gallery installation projects and public programs. This internship is made possible by the Silver Trout Curatorial Graduate Internship Program. To be eligible for this position, you must be a Penn State graduate student in Art History or Art Education. Ability to read and translate Japanese text is strongly preferred.
https://psu.jobs/job/85522

Curatorial Research Internship in American Works on Paper
This internship is a research and planning position for ongoing projects in the Palmer’s curatorial department, including research, collections management, and exhibition planning. The main focus will be to research a group of new acquisitions to the Palmer’s collection to create object files with information about artists, subject matter, and historical context. Specific duties of this position will include: research art and artists related to the Palmer’s American art collection; participate in ongoing collection management projects including cataloguing new acquisitions and correcting existing records; assist with drafting interpretive text; assist with acquisition of rights for image reproduction; fact-check object files in preparation for exhibition and publication. This position may also participate as needed with gallery installation projects and public programs. This internship is made possible by the Annie Gooding Sykes Internship endowment. To be eligible for this position, you must be a Penn State student in Art History, the School of Visual Arts, Women’s Studies, or American Studies and have achieved superior academic records.
https://psu.jobs/job/85609

Museum Education Internship
This internship is a research and development position for new and ongoing projects in the Palmer’s education department. The primary focus will be to develop a cohesive plan for K-12 educator programs at the museum, including written resources, online tools, workshops, and tour programs. Specific duties of this position will include: research best practices in museum education; research art and artist related to the Palmer’s collection; conduct surveys and evaluation of museum audiences; prepare written materials for educators and other museum visitors; and assist with creating an interpretive plan for the museum. This position may also participate as needed with gallery installation projects and public programs. This internship is made possible by the Pincus Family Foundation Endowment for Student Education.
https://psu.jobs/job/85525

Museum Programs Internship
This internship is a planning and administration position for public programs organized by the Palmer’s education department. The primary focus will be to organize and run a series of public programs for a variety of audiences including gallery talks, family days, tours, after hours events, etc. A thematic focus on photography will run through all of these programs, so experience and knowledge with diverse photographic processes is preferred. Specific duties of this position will include: researching art and artists related to Palmer exhibitions; developing exhibition-related activities for museum audiences; organizing program requirements such as art supplies and volunteers; and coordinating communication and marketing efforts for programs. This position may also participate as needed with research and planning for future public programs. This internship is made possible by the James E. Hess and Suzanne Scurfield Hess Endowment for Art Education.
https://psu.jobs/job/85528

 

UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIPS

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, click here: Palmer Undergraduate Internship Application
To download the recommendation form, click here: Internship Recommendation Form

Deadline for Spring 2019 Intern Applications: November 30, 2018

Spring 2019 Intern Projects – click on links to see full project descriptions