Museum & Gallery Internships!

We are coming into the season when applications for internships in Art History–and all areas in Art–come to be due.  Here is some further information and some links about some internships that might be of interest to various majors in the Art Department.  We will also be updating this list as we learn of more opportunities, so check back often!

Chicago Area

Art Institute of Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Kansas City Area

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

For those of you especially interested in curatorial work, see the Nelson’s Mellon Summer Academy

Kemper Musuem of Contemporary Art

The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures

Contact Dr. Jason McDonald in History at Truman ( about internships for Truman students at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.


Kirksville Arts Association

Truman State University Press

For more information on the Conservation Internship in Special Collections (Pickler Memorial Library), please contact Ms. Amanda Langendoerfer (Director, Special Collections) at

St. Louis Area

St. Louis Art Museum:  check website in January for more information or check here.

Contemporary Art Museum

The Pulitzer Foundation:  check website for more information

Contact Dr. Jason McDonald in the Department of History at Truman ( about internships for Truman students at both the Missouri History Museum and the Mercantile Library in St. Louis.

Other nearby areas

Des Moines Art Center

Summer Internship at the Harry S. Truman Museum and Library (Independence, Missouri) (before applying, please contact Dr. Jason McDonald in the Department of History at Truman to discuss possibilities to work on art-related projects:

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art (they often have a Collections Internship on offer;  please contact them for more information)

National Internships

McDermott Internships, Dallas Museum of Art

The Walters Art Museum, Diversity in the Arts Internships, Baltimore, MD (paid!)

Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

International Internships

Truman offers various opportunities for internships overseas.  Check here for information about overseas internships through Truman’s Center for International Education, or here for information about the Truman in Washington program which also offers interships overseas!

Archival internship in Florence, Italy at the Medici Archive Project (scroll down to “Opportunities”;  reading ability in Italian is likely required).

In addition, any urban area (or rural too!) will have art galleries, not-for-profit arts organizations, and the like so check Google to see what might be available.  Listed above are some of the places where Truman students have found internships, but lots more are available.  Students, please talk with your academic advisors, also, about more opportunities, including those outside the Midwest if you are interested!