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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 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.

Spring 2017 Internships

Rare Books and Manuscripts Intern

This internship will support the Walters Art Museum Rare Books and Manuscripts department by helping to digitize our collection of manuscripts. This internship provides an exceptional opportunity for those intending to pursue a curatorial or book studies career path.


  • Aid in the continued work associated with the digitization of manuscripts; including writing catalog entries for manuscripts and updating bibliographical information
  • Assist curator in creating object lists for upcoming exhibitions, conduct research on objects, and write didactics
  • Perform general rare book duties; including preparing books for display to visiting scholars and updating the curatorial files
  • Experience/Skills:

    • Must be detail oriented; strong written communication skills, and an understanding of the book as an object
    • Experience handling fragile archival materials and historical documents desired
    • Foreign language reading knowledge a plus

    Preferred Major or Areas of Study:

    • Art History
    • Medieval Studies
    • Book Arts/Codicology
    • Historical Bibliography
    • Museum Studies
    • History

    In addition to the standard application materials, please provide your resume, cover letter and letter of reference. Deadline to apply is April 21, 2017.

    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. Application deadline has been extended to November 25, 2016.

    Copyright Intern

    The Copyright Intern will learn the relevant rules of copyright as they apply to museum objects and their photographic representations. Interns will gain an understanding of the process of determining copyright status of works of art and requesting use of the photographic representations in a non-profit or commercial context.


    • Assist with generating letters and licenses
    • Update rights information using TMS
    • Research and document the copyright status for a list of art works
    • Research contact information for artists


    • Detail oriented and strong organization skills
    • Solid research skills
    • Interest in copyright

    Preferred Major or Areas of Study:

    • Political Science (Law)
    • Copyright
    • Museum Studies
    • Library Sciences
    • Art History
    • Studio Art

    In addition to the standard application materials, please provide your unofficial transcript. Application deadline is November 25, 2016.

    Asian and Islamic Art Intern

    This intern will have the opportunity to work in the Art & Program division on East Asian and Islamic art. The successful candidate will have a background in Asian Studies and Art History.


    • Learn the exhibition process working with the Walters collection of Asian art
    • Research the Asian art collection
    • Catalogue works of art, including writing labels for museum installations

    Experience/ Skills:

    • Proficient in Adobe suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator)
    • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    • Some knowledge of Chinese or Japanese, preferred

    Preferred Major or Areas of Study:

    • Art History
    • Asian Studies

    Please provide your resume and cover letter. Application deadline is November 25, 2016.