November 5, 2018

AAMD Announces Partner Museums in Internship Program for Underrepresented College Students

NEW YORK—The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) announced its selection of ten museums to partner with for their paid internship program for college students from underrepresented backgrounds. Participating institutions include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Anchorage Museum, the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art, the McNay Art Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Missoula Art Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the San José Museum of Art, and Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art.

The program was announced in July and member museums were invited to submit proposals to participate. The selections were made from a pool of over fifty applications and were based on geographic diversity and museum collections, among other factors. Each of the institutions will host one intern, who will be paired with a mentor and offered professional development opportunities and training. Applications for the internships, which will begin in the spring of 2019, are now open to undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior, or senior years. Interns will be provided with a stipend of $6,300 for the twelve-week pilot program and will work on at least one focused project that they will complete by the end of the summer. Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts will help fund the initiative.

“Increasing the diversity of those who pursue careers in art museums is a challenge for the field, especially when there are undergraduate students who are interested but lack opportunities, access, or resources,” said Stephanie Yao, program manager at AAMD. “With this pilot program, we are creating these opportunities for students from Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, or multiracial backgrounds to explore and experience positions within an art museum. And doing this through a paid internship will help ensure that no interested student has to choose between earning money and pursuing an academic and career interest.”

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