Curatorial Intern


Applicants should be in their Junior or Senior year of college, recent college graduates, or pursuing a graduate degree in Art History or Museum Studies. Applicants should have taken multiple upper-level Art History classes and be interested in museum or gallery work as a career or contemplating graduate work in the field. Interns must be available to work a minimum of 12 hours per week during the academic year. Summer internships will require a minimum of 20 hours per week. Applicants should possess basic computer skills, excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; excellent research and written/oral communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 

Essential intern functions:

The purpose of this internship is to provide students with hands-on experience with museum registration and curatorial research. This internship will offer the student an opportunity to do professional-level work under supervision in areas such as: art handling, inventory procedures, exhibition installation, condition reporting, label writing and research.   

Intern Duties:

  • Document all necessary course requirements
  • Complete all assignments in a timely manner
  • Obtain knowledge of the Museum's history, mission, strategic plan, and Permanent Collection
  • Assist with the daily operation of the Curatorial department including email correspondence, phone calls, and filing.
  • Obtain a working knowledge of Collections Database – Filemaker Pro
  • Special Projects such as:
    • Cataloguing procedures/implementation
    • Condition reporting of collection/temporary exhibitions
    • Collection care – assist with the care and storage of the Permanent Collection
    • Gallery installation/deinstallation
    • Inventory – assist Registrar with collection inventories
    • Assist Curator/Registrar with other duties as assigned

Interested applicants should email the following:

  • A cover letter expressing areas of interest and career goals
  • A résumé including a list of Art History courses taken
  • Students from the University of North Florida are required to obtain a recommendation from Dr. Debra Murphy, Chair, Department of Art and Design. This recommendation must be sent in writing to the Intern Supervisor.

Intern Supervisor

Kristen Zimmerman, Registrar

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

829 Riverside Avenue

Jacksonville, Florida 32204

904.899.6020 direct