Fall 2021 Internship

The Frist Art Museum (FAM) is committed to equity and inclusion at all levels. One of the primary goals of FAM’s board-approved 2017–2021 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 reflects 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 recent 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.

Beginning with the fall 2021 semester, internships will be paid. Interns will be paid $15 per hour on a weekly basis.

Interns are expected to fulfill 128 hours to successfully complete the program. They are generally expected to complete a minimum of 8 hours per week, but this expectation is flexible with the agreement of the supervisor.

Applications for the fall 2021 semester will be accepted between April 12 and July 9, 2021.

Application Process

To be considered for an internship, you must submit a PDF to internships@FristArtMuseum.org 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 form
  • Portfolio (Design only)
  • A writing sample (Curatorial only)

All applications must be submitted 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 offer internships for the fall 2021 semester:

  • Communications
  • Design
  • Education
  • Exhibitions—Curatorial

Fall 2021 Internship Schedule:

Application deadline: July 9, 2021
Internship start date: August 27, 2021
Internship end date: December 17, 2021
Length of internship: 16 weeks
Required commitment: 128 hours (8 hours/week minimum)

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.

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.