Museum Internships

Munson Summer 2024 J. Craig Heuss Munson Museum of Art Summer Diversity Internship

Munson invites upper-level undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds and with a strong interest in careers in the museum field to apply to the J. Craig Heuss Munson Museum of Art Summer Diversity Internship. Depending upon the availability of projects, the Heuss interns may work in a variety of Museum departments, including administration, collections care, education, exhibitions, development, marketing, or a combination of areas contributing to a broader experience. The internship is open to, but not limited to, students from ethnic and cultural backgrounds that are underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, or Native American descent, and individuals from the Refugee community. Munson does not place any restrictions on what constitutes diversity. Preference, however, will be given to those candidates who best identify how they will add to the diversity of Munson and the museum field generally.

Munson is committed to community engagement and to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Heuss intern will model the values and culture of the organization to colleagues and the public by being welcoming, inclusive, and respectful, and will value collaboration across the organization.     


  • Undergraduate students interested in participating in the program must have completed at least one full year of college.     

  • Summer 2024 internships are a minimum of six weeks and maximum of eight weeks in duration.

  • Interns work up to 37 hours per week (hours may be negotiable, depending on student availability and Munson need) and receive a stipend of $15 per hour. (Stipend does not include expenses or housing, but some travel funds will be available.) 

  • Interns must attend all training sessions and meetings required by their supervisor

  • Like all Munson staff, interns must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the CDC.

Application Process
Submit completed internship materials to April Oswald, Museum Education Director, Munson, 310 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502 or email.

Please include all of the following application materials:

  • Letter stating personal interests, reasons for wanting to work at Munson, desired learning outcomes for the internship, and potential benefits to Munson

  • Résumé

  • At least two letters of recommendation from faculty

Munson will consider each student’s interests and determine the best match with currently available projects. Selected applicants will receive an interview with the Museum Education Director and other members of Munson staff as appropriate. 

Application deadline is April 1, 2024

About Us
Munson is an internationally prominent fine arts center serving diverse audiences through three program divisions – Museum of Art, School of Art, and Performing Arts. The Institute was founded in 1919 and annually hosts some 600 events where patrons enjoy exhibitions, performances, art classes, and family-oriented activities. 

The Museum of Art is renowned for its art collection and iconic building designed by Phillip Johnson. It is among the nation’s most significant mid-sized art museums. Its renowned permanent collection is focused on 300 years of fine and decorative arts, with strengths in 19th-century American painting and decorative arts, 20th-century through contemporary painting and sculpture, and European Modernism paintings.
The School of Art offers a robust community arts education program featuring a wide range of art classes for the community at large. It also offers a college art program affiliated with Pratt Institute of Art and Design (Pratt Munson) where 200 students begin their bachelor of fine arts degree program at the Munson campus in Utica before completing their studies at Pratt’s main campus in Brooklyn. 

The Performing Arts division presents world-famous soloists and ensembles, rising stars, recitals with commentary, cinema, family programs, outdoor festivals and concerts, and a wide array of art-related events in the museum’s 270-seat auditorium or sculpture court, which seats 500 patrons. Regular attractions include a weekly film series, Concerts in the Court, Keyboard Conversations, the For Kids and Families programs, and an annual summer arts festival. 

Munson is located in the heart of New York State with easy travel to the Adirondack region, Cooperstown, Syracuse, and Albany, and just a few hours from Boston, New York, and Montreal. 

More information can be found here.

General Internships

During the fall and spring academic semesters, internships are available for college and graduate students interested in learning about museum operations by working directly with staff. Interns work under close supervision with upper-level supervisors of departments in the areas of curatorial, museum education, collections management, or exhibition installation.

To apply, send a resume, three letters of recommendation, and a cover letter noting your particular area of interest in museum work. The areas might be one or more of the following: curatorial (19th-century American painting or decorative arts, modern and contemporary art), collections management (overseeing and maintaining museum collection and records), exhibition installation (overseeing exhibition activity, including scheduling and installation), museum education (tours, school programs, public programs, workshops). Applicants uncertain about listing a specific area are welcome to indicate a general interest. Also, please indicate the dates you are available and the number of hours each week you are interested in working. Send application materials by mail to April Oswald, Museum Education Department, 310 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502 or by email. For additional information, send an email or call (315) 797-0000 ext. 2144.