The Frist Art Museum (FAM) is committed to equity and inclusion at all levels. One of the primary goals of FAM’s board-approved strategic plan is ensuring that the museum is stable, sustainable, equitable, and a great place to work. This includes recruiting, developing, and retaining museum professionals, with a focus on encouraging mentorships and providing supervised internships to build a pipeline for emerging professionals and future museum leadership that reflect the demographics of Nashville-area communities. FAM’s internship program is designed to introduce college students to the many career pathways offered within a noncollecting art museum.

Internships are offered to students currently enrolled in an academic institution during the school year, or recent graduates, with internship periods coinciding with the fall and spring semesters and summer break.

Any student or 2022–2023 graduate may apply. Preference is given to juniors and seniors majoring in art education, art history, business, communications, design, education, fine arts, museum studies, and/or related areas, and recent graduates with degrees in these fields.

Successful candidates for all programs must complete a background check and submit all application materials.

Interns will be paid $15 per hour on a weekly basis.

Fall 2024 Internship

Interns are expected to fulfill a maximum of 160 hours to successfully complete the program. They are generally expected to complete a minimum of 16 hours per week, but this expectation is flexible with the agreement of the supervisor.

Applications for the fall 2024 semester will be accepted until July 8, 2024. No late applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Application Process

To be considered for an internship, you must submit a PDF to containing all the following documents:

  • A cover letter explaining why you would like to participate in the selected internship at the Frist Art Museum, and how it fits into your long-term career goals
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member
  • The completed intern application

All applications must be submitted as one digital package with the following filename format:

You will receive a notification when your application has been received. We will contact those whom we wish to interview.

Please note that this is a competitive program and submitting an application does not guarantee an internship.

The following departments/areas within the Frist Art Museum will offer internships for the fall 2024 semester:

  • Education and Engagement
  • Communications

Fall 2024 Internship Schedule:

Application deadline: July 8, 2024
Internship start date: August 23, 2024
Length of internship: 16 weeks
Required commitment: 128 hours maximum (8 hours/week)

The Frist Art Museum is deeply dedicated to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion at all levels of governance, management, and operations. 

The Frist Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer that values and seeks out a diversity of perspectives.

Frist Art Museum Internships and Fellowships are supported in part by:

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Please consider supporting the Frist Art Museum with a donation. Your gift is essential to our mission of serving the community through the arts and art access in particular. We truly appreciate your generosity.