Polk Museum Summer 2018 Paid Internship Program

Apr 10, 2018

by Dr. Alex Rich

Florida Southern College students are invited to apply for a competitive six-week summer internship program at the Polk Museum of Art. The 2018 paid internship will run from Monday, June 4 through Friday, July 13, 2018. Undergraduate students majoring in any discipline at FSC and entering at least their sophomore year are eligible to apply.

Summer museum interns will have the incredible opportunity to gain firsthand insight into how museums work behind the scenes and to begin to explore the many possible careers paths available in the museum world.

Each summer intern will rotate through three museum departments over the course of the program, while also working each week in visitors’ services and stationed in the galleries to interact with the public as a face of the museum. Each week, interns will also meet with guest speakers to learn about every other department in the museum, receive tours of the facilities, and visit other area museums. Ideally, a summer internship at the museum will serve as the preparation for a longer academic year internship in the department a summer intern finds most suited to his/her interests.

To get a feel for different areas of the museum profession, each intern will thus spend two weeks at a time working in the Curatorial, Marketing/Membership, and Education departments.

Dates and Compensation

Again, the 2018 Summer Internship Program will run from Monday, June 4 through Friday, July 13, 2018. Interns generally work from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., although certain departmental duties may require modifications to those hours. Interns accepted into the program will receive an honorarium of $1,450 for the six-week duration of the internship. All interns must be available to work the entire six-week period of the program.

Campus housing will be available at no additional cost for any student requiring it to participate in the program. 

How to Apply

Applications must include:

  • C.V. or résumé
  • cover letter describing the applicant’s specific interest in the Polk Museum of Art summer internship program
  • essay stating how a museum internship relates to the applicant’s longer-term educational and career goals. It must include academic, professional, and life experiences that have fostered the applicant’s interest in or preparation for this program.

Applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, April 11. The deadline for receipt of all materials is 5 p.m, Friday, May 4. The application should be submitted electronically to Dr. Alex Rich, FSC Assistant Professor of Art History and Polk Museum of Art Curator, at arich@flsouthern.edu.

For additional questions, please contact Dr. Rich.