Collections Internship


Reports to: Collections Manager

For Academic Credit or Professional Development (12-15 hr/week minimum, full-time optional)

Collections Interns have the opportunity to work closely with the Collections and Curatorial staff to gain professional experience working on registration, exhibition, and installations. Interns will work on projects relating to the care and preservation of artwork, preparations for installations and exhibitions, and documentation of the collection using the Museum’s object database.


Interns will assist the Associate Registrar in updating and maintaining the Museum database. Interns will also assist staff in creating physical and digital object files for new acquisitions, incoming and outgoing loans, and aid in tracking works in the permanent collection within the Museum’s secure storage areas, galleries, and on loan to other institutions throughout the world. This portion of the internship will focus largely on the registration aspects of Collections Management, research into works in the Museum’s permanent collection, and the careful organization of our physical and digital records. Applicants should have excellent organizational and time management skills, and an overall high attention to detail.


Interns will assist the Collections Department in all aspects of exhibition installations. Interns will be trained in fine art handling within the context of safely storing, transporting, installing, and traveling artwork both in the permanent collection of the NBMAA and works on loan to the Museum. Interns will work closely with the Associate Preparator as well as the Curatorial Department to fulfill artistic vision of the Director and Curator of the exhibitions. 


  • Applicants should have high standard for quality with excellent time management skills.
  • Experience with art handling/gallery work/use of power tools is welcomed but not required.
  • Applicants must display situational and self-awareness as they will be working directly
    with the permanent collection.
  • A propensity for hard physical work is a must as heavy lifting goes hand-in-hand with
    this particular internship.

To apply, please submit the online application form below. If you have any questions, email the Manager of Visitor & Volunteer Services at [email protected]

***Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis.***

Collections Internship Application


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Internship Hours

(12-15 hours each week)
(Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
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