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The Walters Art Museum is pleased to offer opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate candidates to intern in various museum divisions throughout the year. Based on a system of supervised learning, the internships enable interns to understand how a museum operates and how to relate this experience to academic and professional goals. Credit can be arranged with your college/university.

Internship Requirements:

  • All individuals must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student, as well as recent graduates
  • Committed to the full duration of the internship assignment, including work schedule and punctuality
  • Candidates will be subject to a favorable investigative background check report

Application Process

All candidates will submit a cover letter, resume and all supplemental materials to by March 31, 2017. Some internship positions require additional materials (see below). Please indicate your first and second choice of internship in your cover letter.

The Walters Art Museum is an equal opportunity, equal access employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Employment at the Walters is contingent on a favorable investigative background check. The museum is a drug and smoke free work workplace. The Walters Art Museum is an at will employer.

Summer 2017 Internships

Public Relations Intern

The Walters public relations internship will introduce students to the business of public relations and offer them an opportunity to be involved in daily public relations activities. Interns will gain experience in media relations, internal communications, and community relations.


  • Drafting media advisories, pitch letters and news releases
  • Researching and expanding an online media contacts database
  • Collecting and reporting press coverage/li>
  • Compiling press coverage reports

Experience/ Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Proficient computer skills (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Strong business communication skills

Preferred Major or Areas of Study:

  • Public Relations
  • Communications
  • Journalism
  • Mass Media Arts
  • English

In addition to the standard application materials, please provide two short writing samples and two letters of reference.

Registrar Intern

The Walters Art Museum seeks a qualified intern to assist the Collections Department with general registration and collections management projects. Interns will be provided with the opportunity to work with many aspects of collections care and registration.


  • Record management and object data entry using The Museum System (TMS)
  • Assist with the inventory and rehousing of objects
  • Other collections management projects as assigned


  • Strong attention to detail and organized
  • Strong interest in registration and collections management

Preferred Major or Areas of Study:

  • Art History
  • History
  • Museum Studies

In addition to providing the standard application materials, please provide a letter of reference.

Cataloguing and Metadata Intern

The Cataloguing and Metadata Intern will work, under the supervision of information managers and in collaboration with curatorial staff, to develop a subject taxonomy that can be applied to the Walters collection for internal research and public engagement. Using an archival subject classification system developed in the 1940’s as a starting point, this intern will reinterpret subject headings to facilitate more modern use cases.


  • Undertake subject analysis of existing information attributes (e.g. museum object names, material terms, object classifications, historic/archival subject cataloging)
  • Leverage standardized vocabularies and subject heading authorities (e.g. Getty Vocabularies, Library of Congress) to develop a subject taxonomy framework
  • Tag objects and related digital resources with subject taxonomy terms for a sampling of the collection as a demonstration of how the taxonomy can be used


  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Proficient in Windows computers and software
  • Ability to work independently
  • Creative problem-solving skills and the willingness to ask questions, desired
  • Interest in library science, information science or digital humanities
  • Knowledge of art history and art materials and techniques preferred but not required

Preferred Major or Areas of Study: