Fall 2022 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 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 2021–2022 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.

Interns are expected to fulfill a maximum of 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 2022 semester will be accepted between April 25 and July 15, 2022. No late applications will be accepted after the deadline.

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
  • A writing sample (Curatorial only)

All applications must be submitted with the following filename format:
LastName_FirstName_FALL2022app

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 2022 semester:

  • Communications
  • Education and Engagement
  • Exhibitions (Curatorial)
  • Exhibitions (Publications)

Fall 2022 Internship Schedule:

Application deadline: July 15, 2022
Internship start date: August 26, 2022
Internship end date: December 16, 2022
Length of internship: 16 weeks
Required commitment: 128 hours (8 hours/week minimum)



Project Uplift Summer 2022 HBCU Internship

The application deadline for this internship program has passed.

Project Uplift is an internship offered to a student or 2022 graduate from a historically black college or university (HBCU) in Nashville. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to curate, design, market, and create programming for a micro-exhibition featuring a local BIPOC artist. The show will be held in the elevator accessible on the Frist Art Museum’s Main Level outside the Auditorium. The elevator will be wrapped in a vinyl cling showcasing the artist’s work. The intern will be mentored by our curators as they develop the foundation of the exhibition––creating the title, artist bio, and other written materials. After working with the Curatorial team, the intern will work with a designer to design the title treatment, exhibition layout, and supplementary graphics.

In the project’s final steps, the student will work with Education to create a public program that accompanies the exhibition and Communications to create a campaign to promote the exhibition and related programming. The exhibition will be completed and installed by the end of the internship. Project Uplift is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission’s 2021–22 Racial Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL) Cohort. This project will be fast paced with fixed deadlines—we strongly recommend choosing artists who have existing artwork(s) that could be comfortably reproduced within the elevator space.

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 was to ensure 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.

This intern and artist will be paid $15 per hour. This internship runs from May to July.

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

No late applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Application Process

To be considered for an internship, you must submit a PDF to internships@FristArtMuseum.org containing all the following documents:

  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the HBCU you are enrolled in or recently graduated from.
  • A completed Intern Application
  • A list recommending 1–3 Middle Tennessee BIPOC university student artists for inclusion in the project, with images or links to their work. Applicants are responsible for confirming the artists can participate and commit to the timeline before applying. Because of the compressed schedule, we recommend selecting artists who have existing work that could be featured.

All applications must be submitted with the following filename format:
LastName_FirstName_HBCU2022app

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.

Project Uplift Summer 2022 Internship Schedule:

Application deadline: April 22, 2022
Internship start date: May 16, 2022
Artwork Selection: May 27, 2022
Internship end date: July 2022


Required commitment: 80 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.


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