Full-Time Summer Internship Programs

The RISD Museum partners with the Studio Institute’s Arts Intern Providence Program to offer full-time summer internships. 

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, and to complete program assignments.

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students as of the Fall 2021 semester and must be rising Juniors or Seniors. They must attend college or live within Providence County. 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. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until April 16. We will begin reviewing applications on April 9.

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. 

RISD Museum internships may be virtual or hybrid this summer; plans are subject to RISD's guidelines and will be communicated by the end of April to all interviewed students.

Positions for 2022 to be listed soon. For reference see Summer 2021 positions listed below: 

Family and Teen Programs

The Family & Teen Programs intern will be focused on museum programming and evaluation. They will work with education program staff to work on programs that are about long- 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 growth and development, examining the relationship between content and its success in outreach, as well as program implementation. The intern will be a critical member of education department programming in the summer of 2021. They will work on programs for community partners and the RISD Art Circle. This will include working with staff and artists to plan and execute programming and developing their own program; designing and implementing processes and methods for program evaluation before, during, and after programs; and creating and managing communication with program participants.

Skills: Familiarity and interest in work with young people; comfort in art and/or art-making; strong communication and collaboration skills

To apply, you must complete the eligibility check described on the Arts Intern site and then submit your application using this form.

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 costume and textiles while receiving guidance and instruction from the graphic design department, creating a graphic identity for the exhibition and produce all relevant materials, including title, chat labels, and object labels. Tasks may also include designing and producing promotional materials for fall programs in coordination with educators and marketing staff. They will be introduced to the systems, tools, and processes the RISD Museum uses and will practice everyday workflow, management, and design strategies.

Skills: Strong understanding of typography and graphic design fundamentals; proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator

To apply, you must complete the eligibility check described on the Arts Intern site and then submit your application using this form.