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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. Please see descriptions below for more information on specific internships and the semesters they are available.

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester (September-November) – Applications due: August 31
Spring Semester (February-April) – Applications due: November 15
Summer Semester (May-July) – Applications due: March 15
Goodrich Internship (September-August) – Applications due: June 30

How to Apply:

All internship candidates should submit the following:

  • Application form (See links within internship descriptions)
  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words that explains why the applicant is interested in an internship at the Museum, why he/she is applying for a specific internship opportunity, what he/she hopes to achieve from the experience, and what he/she believes he/she can contribute
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of recent transcripts
  • Resumé (optional)

Application materials that are not attached to the application form should be sent to:

Lindsey Hammel
Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd.
Birmingham, AL, 35203-2278

Current Opportunities

Development and Community Relations Internship (Unpaid)

Under the direction of the Senior Development Officer, the intern will gain valuable knowledge and experience learning the major responsibilities of the Development Department and fundraising, including grant writing, membership management, major gifts, events, and corporate sponsorship.

The Goodrich Internship (Paid)

The Goodrich Internship is 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.

Education / Studio Programs Internship (Unpaid)

Purpose: To assist the Studio Programs Manager in the preparation, administration and facilitation of Studio Programs. May require some classroom teaching and assisting. Length: Approximately 12 weeks (exact dates to be determined) Terms: Fall (September-November) and Spring (February-April) Education: Advanced

Development / Events Internship (Unpaid)

The Development / Events Intern will assist with and learn how to plan and manage large-scale museum events including exhibition openings, curatorial support group events, high level donor dinners, and other fundraising events.

Education / Community Engagement Internship (Unpaid)

Purpose: To assist the Youth and Family Programs Coordinator in the preparation, administration and facilitation of outreach programs. May require some classroom teaching. Length: Approximately 12 weeks (exact dates to be determined) Terms: Fall (September-November), Spring (February-April), and Summer (May-July)

Education / Public Programs Internship (Unpaid)

The purpose of the Public Programs intern is to assist the Manager of Public Programs in the creation and implementation of engaging and dynamic programming for the Education department. In carrying out these tasks, the intern will have the opportunity

Graphic Design Internship (Unpaid)

The purpose of the Graphic Design intern is to assist the Creative Director in day-to-day tasks. In carrying out these tasks, the intern will have the opportunity to observe and participate in the broader operations of the Museum Communications department.

Special Events Coordinator Internship (Unpaid)

Under the direction of the Special Events Manager, the intern will gain valuable knowledge and experience learning the day to day responsibilities of working in a special events office. The intern will assist with internal and external special events held

UAB/BMA Curatorial Fellowship (Paid)

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

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) to provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants for employment with the BMA and to BMA staff without regard to sex, race, color, religious belief, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotions, termination, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Commitment to Diversity

The Birmingham Museum of Art is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination. The BMA is a diverse community in terms of race and ethnicity, culture, religion, personal values and traditions. BMA values this diversity recognizing that our differences contribute to our strength as an agency serving a diverse population. It is to this end that the BMA is committed to non-discrimination and advocates for an environment of tolerance with regard to cultural and personal differences. It is our belief that every employee has the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and self-worth and that it is in our best interest as an agency serving the public good to act in a manner free of bias, exclusion, and discrimination whether on the basis of faith, race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation, or any other personal differences.