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 2022 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 24. 

This program is 9 weeks in length, 28 hours per week. The first day of the program is June 16 and the last day is August 18. Thursdays are "program days," spent in a cohort with students interning at other Arts Intern partner organizations. Interns receive a stipend of $5,040 ($20 per hour) and an additional $525 stipend for completing the program days. Visit the Program Details page for more information. 


Summer 2022 Positions:

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


Family & Teen Programs

The Family & Teen Programs intern will be focused on summer programming for kids and teens at the museum and in the community including The RISD Summer Teen Intensive and Providence Parks and Rec department’s Reverse Field Trips. This intern will work with museum staff to develop programming, source supplies, create prototypes, design gallery activities, and create team building workshops.

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


Social Equity and Inclusion

The Social Equity and Inclusion Intern will help the museum’s SEI Program Specialist develop, coordinate, and lead internal and external programs related to anti-racist practice, teaching, research and interpretation of the collection. In collaboration with educators, curators, and staff across the museum, this area provides project support and accountability for advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives. This summer’s intern will conduct research on institutional DEAI initiatives across the field of art, design and museums and will assess RISD’s internal SEI assessment tools. Based on this research, the intern will develop and implement a strategy for the RISD Museum to visually communicate its Anti-Racist Action Plan to internal and external stakeholders.

Skills: The ideal intern will demonstrate a high level of cultural competency and a desire to learn more about how museums live up to their missions. The successful candidate will have knowledge of Microsoft platforms, studio art or design experience or demonstrated visual thinking and graphic presentation skills, as well as content management.


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