The Museum offers unpaid internships for undergraduates, graduate students, as well as recent graduates, during the fall and spring semesters and in the summer. Availability is dependent upon departmental requests and specific responsibilities are determined by the needs of the department. Interns work on specific projects, but are introduced to all facets of museum work. Additionally, interns gain practical work experience and a chance to interact with their peers and Museum staff. Museum staff may assist in an intern’s pursuit of academic credit. Each intern will be offered a complimentary 6-month Junior Patron membership.
Summer interns generally work 20 hours per week beginning in late May and ending the last week in July.
Fall (September-November) and spring (February-April) semester internship hours are more flexible in order to accommodate class schedules.
Internships are offered in the following departments with availability depending on departmental needs:
Additionally, the Birmingham Museum of Art is able to offer three paid internship opportunities.
The Goodrich Internship
The Birmingham Museum of Art announces a new PAID internship opportunity made possible by the Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation. The Goodrich Internship provides undergraduates or graduate students in art, art history, museum studies or related fields the chance to explore the possibilities of a museum career.
The Goodrich Internship is a year-long, part-time position. The Intern will rotate between the four major departments within the Museum (Curatorial, Education, Registration, and Development) and will work closely with staff throughout the Museum. He/she will be given considerable responsibility during his/her tenure, allowing him/her the opportunity to gain an in-depth perspective on museum work, from programming to exhibitions and beyond.
The Goodrich Internship will begin in September 2013 and the Intern will be paid a monthly stipend of $1,000. Application deadline is July 1, 2013.
The Thomas N. Carruthers, Jr. Internship for Diversity in the Museum Profession
The Thomas N. Carruthers, Jr. Internship for Diversity in the Museum Profession is awarded at the discretion of the Museum to an exceptional graduate or undergraduate student. The internship is designed to give minority students with a serious interest in a future museum career a semester-long exposure to the inner workings of and the various departments that exist in the Museum. A stipend of $3,000 will be offered for the semester.
The UAB/BMA Curatorial Fellowship
UAB/BMA Fellows are graduate students in the Art History department at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, who have already developed an area of concentration within their studies. The Fellowship gives students the opportunity to spend one year working in the Curatorial department at the Museum. It is designed to provide in-depth experience in the workings of a museum and in the nature of curatorial work. Interns are assigned specific projects and duties based on the needs of the department and work directly with the Museum’s Curatorial staff. The UAB/BMA Curatorial Fellowship begins and ends in August of each year. Deadline for applications: April 1, 2013.