As part of the Frist Art Museum’s experiential learning program, internships 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, coinciding with the fall and spring semesters and summer break. The internship program is ideal for students participating in independent studies or courses that require internships or practicum credits. Students may arrange academic credit through their colleges and universities.
Internship projects are based on the applicant’s academic requirements, skills and interests, and the needs of the Frist Art Museum. Students receive guidance from the Frist Art Museum staff, as well as the cooperating educator from their college or university.
The following departments/areas within the Frist Art Museum offer internships:
Preference given to juniors, seniors, graduate students, and international students; in exceptional cases sophomores or freshmen will be considered with faculty recommendations. Majors in art history, arts management, business, communications, education, English, graphic design, marketing, museum studies, studio art, and/or related areas of study are desired.
Hours vary and are flexible, but a minimum of 8 hours per week is generally expected to be completed during Frist Art Museum hours:
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Saturday
10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Thursday & Friday
1:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Sunday
To be considered for an internship, you must submit a packet containing all of the following:
• A cover letter explaining why you would like to participate in the internship program at the Frist Art Museum, and how it fits into your long-term career goals
• A letter of faculty recommendation
• The completed Intern Application Form
The Frist Art Museum will not accept any digital application packets but only those sent via regular mail at the below address. You will be immediately notified by email when your application packet has arrived.
All internship opportunities at the Frist Art Museum are unpaid. Please note that this is a competitive program and submitting an application does not guarantee an internship. The Frist Art Museum is committed to offering equal participation in all programs without regard to race, creed, national origin, age, gender, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Candidates who have been selected for interviews will be contacted directly.
Applications should be submitted to:
Frist Art Museum
Nashville, TN 37203
Internship Program Deadlines:
Application Deadline: October 19, 2018
Acceptance/decline Letters Mailed: November 12, 2018
Internship Start Date: January 18, 2019
Internship End Date: May 10, 2019
Length of Internship: 16 weeks
Required Commitment: 128 hours (8 hours/week minimum).
Application Deadline: March 8, 2019
Acceptance/decline Letters Mailed: April 1, 2019
Internship Start Date: May 24, 2019
Internship End Date: July 26, 2019
Length of Internship: 10 weeks
Required Commitment: 80 hours (8 hours/week minimum)
Application Deadline: July 12, 2019
Acceptance/decline Letters Mailed: August 5, 2019
Internship Start Date: August 30, 2019
Internship End Date: December 13, 2019
Length of Internship: 16 weeks
Required Commitment: 128 hours (8 hours/week minimum)
No stipends are available. All internship opportunities at the Frist Art Museum are unpaid.