Full-Time Summer Internship Programs

The RISD Museum partners with the Association of Art Museum Directors' Diversity Internship Program and the Studio Institute’s Arts Intern Providence Program to offer full-time summer internships. Each program has unique qualifications and benefits.

Association of Art Museum Directors Diversity Internship Program

The AAMD’s internship program engages undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds and nurtures their career opportunities in the art museum field. This internship provides an opportunity for a student who has begun to solidify their academic interests and potential career path to get hands-on experience in an art museum. Working closely with a mentor, the intern will have opportunities for conversation, feedback, direction, and questions, as well as longer-term career advice. In addition to the stipend, the selected intern will be provided with opportunities for paid travel with their mentor to one or two museum field conferences, for networking and professional development, as well to meet their fellow interns from other institutions across the country.

The twelve-week internship begins June 1, 2020, and ends August 21, 2020, and the intern will work 35 hours per week. The selected intern will receive a stipend of $6,300. 

Following the completion of the internship, both the student and staff from the Museum will submit a written report assessing the program, the goals, and the outcomes. To assess outcomes for future planning and development, participants will also be asked to provide a performance review of the intern, and interns will be asked to provide a self-assessment.

Applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate student entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year in fall 2020. They must attend college or live in the vicinity of Rhode Island. Students who are not U.S. citizens are welcome to apply for the internship if they have a visa that is valid for the entire internship program (through August 14, 2020).

The deadline for submitting applications is February 21, 2020, at 11:59 pm. Selected candidates will be interviewed in March and all applicants will be notified following selection. Questions should be addressed to museum-academic@risd.edu.

Summer 2020 position: Digital Initiatives
The Digital Initiatives Intern will work collaboratively to create digital and online content related to the Museum’s collection. The intern will work directly with the Assistant Director, Digital Initiatives on a number of projects, particularly including audio projects. As collaborations between curators and educators, these projects offer lively content and accessible learning opportunities for a broad public.

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Arts Intern program

The Arts Intern program provides exciting opportunities for college undergraduates to learn about nonprofit professions through internships at museums and other cultural institutions. The program seeks candidates with demonstrated financial need and encourages applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Each intern works closely with a staff mentor on a project relevant to their areas of interest. In addition, Arts Interns must participate in the education component of the program, which is spread out across nine program days throughout the summer. These days will be used to visit other institutions in their city as a cohort, where the Interns will have the opportunity to learn about other jobs in the field. These days will be used to complete program assignments.

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students as of the Fall 2020 semester and must be rising Juniors or Seniors. They must attend college or live in the state of Rhode Island, within a 35-mile radius of Providence. Lastly, they must have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000 (as listed on the student’s FAFSA form). International students are not eligible for this program.

This program is 9 weeks in length, 28 hours per week. Interns receive $15 per hour in addition to a $500 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Program Details page for more information. 

Summer 2020 positions: TBA. See below for representative positions from 2019.

Family and Teen Programs

The education intern will be focused on museum programming and evaluation. They will work with education program staff to work on programs that are about long-term and short term methods of outreach across different museum audiences. They will be responsible for evaluating and measuring outreach targets and goals, exploring opportunities for different growth and development, and examining the relationship between content and its success in outreach as well as program implementation.

The intern will be a critical member of educational department programming in the summer of 2019. They will work on Super Art Sunday, Third Thursdays, the Summer Teen Intensive, and the RISD Art Circle. This will include working with staff and artists to plan and execute programming and developing their own program; implementing and designing processes and methods for program evaluation before, during, and after programs; and creating and managing communication with program participants.   

The intern will:
• Work with the education program staff to develop and work on programs for long- and short-term outreach
• Work with the education department to program the 2019 Summer Teen Intensive program
• Develop, execute, and manage programs as part of Super Art Sunday, Third Thursdays, the Summer Teen Intensive, and the RISD Art Circle

• Familiarity and interest in work with young people
• Comfort in art and/or art-making
• Strong communication and collaboration skills

Graphic Design

The Graphic Design Intern will learn how to design experiential graphics from concept to delivery of files for production. The Intern will work with the curators, museum editor, and installation manager to design the graphics for an upcoming exhibition of works on paper while receiving guidance and instruction from the graphic design department. They will be introduced to the systems, tools, and processes the RISD Museum uses and will practice everyday workflow, management, and design strategies.

The intern will:
• Coordinate with stakeholders across the Museum to develop a graphic concept for an exhibition of works on paper being installed in late July
• Create a graphic identity for the exhibition and produce all relevant materials, including title, chat labels, and object labels
• Design and produce promotional materials for fall programs in coordination with educators and marketing staff

• Strong understanding of typography and graphic design fundamentals
• Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator