Teens and College

Summer Internship Program

Gain experience in a leading art museum featuring a significant collection and world-class exhibitions.

The High Museum of Art’s internship program is offered for eight weeks each summer to rising college juniors and seniors, graduating seniors, and currently enrolled graduate students. This is a paid internship. Interns also receive many benefits including free admission to select museum functions, discounts at our café and gift shop, and the ability to observe and receive instruction that enhances their knowledge of the area in which they are assigned. Candidates accepted into the program are responsible for securing their own housing and transportation (including parking, which they will receive at a discounted employee rate) for the duration of the program.

The High’s 2024 Summer Internship Program will run from

Monday, June 3, to Friday, July 26, 2024

Summer Internship Program

Applications Closed

Application deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024

Our Program

The High offers you the chance to gain real-world experience in professions where experience is crucial. We strive to give our interns projects that are meaningful and educational. In addition to contributing to important tasks in the departments to which interns are assigned, once a week interns will participate in professional development workshops to learn about various departments and daily operational functions.

*Hours/days may vary according to internship position, as specified by supervisor.

This year we are pleased to offer the following opportunities:

  • Education Intern—Culture Collective
  • Education Intern—Institutional Research
  • Creative Services—Online Publishing

Questions? Please email internships@high.org.

Education Intern—Culture Collective

Supervisor: Laurel Humble, Head of Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning

Department: Education

Internship Summary: For this position I will seek an intern with an interest in art history or museum education. My museum education experience has been focused on work with older adults and people with disabilities, and as a supervisor, I will help to coordinate the intern’s work on a range of in-gallery programs, guide their research and professional connections, and provide contextual information on museum education more broadly.

Specific Projects:

  • Assist in preparation and implementation of Studio Classes, Studio Sessions, walking tours, Conversation Pieces, Art Context Classes, Access for All days, Public Conversations, and Friday Jazz.
  • Research objects in the High’s collection and upcoming special exhibitions and write three to five group tour topics, to be offered to aging services groups in FY25.
  • Assist with programming and research related to older adults at risk for social isolation or who are experiencing loneliness.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Strong writing and communicating skills
  • Detail-oriented, strong work ethic

Number of Interns Needed: 1

Education Intern—Institutional Research

Supervisor: Julia Forbes, Senior Head of Institutional Research

Department: Education

Internship Summary: For this position we seek an intern who has an interest in education research and evaluation. Under guidance from Julia Forbes, Senior Head of Institutional Research, the intern will learn the ins and outs of evaluating museum education programs and contribute to several ongoing projects supporting visitor experience. We will provide a supportive experience that provides the intern with broad exposure to museum education programs, opportunities to interface with museum visitors, skill building around developing data collection tools, and guidance in how to analyze and present data to key internal and external stakeholders.

Specific Projects:

  • Assist with evaluation of the new Access for All program, Oasis, and other Education programs.
  • Codevelop observation forms, questionnaires, online surveys, and other evaluation tools.
  • Implement program observations, surveys, visitor interviews, and other evaluation strategies.
  • Develop evaluation reports, slide decks, and infographics for specific programs or audiences.
  • Analyze copious visitor data from museum touch poles to support visitor journey project.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and communicating skills
  • Detail-oriented, strong work ethic
  • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite

Number of Interns Needed: 1

Creative Services—Online Publishing

Supervisor: Angela Jaeger, Senior Manager of Creative Services

Department: Creative Services

Internship Summary: The focus of this internship will be working on our online publishing platform, LINK. The intern will have an opportunity to work on all aspects of online publishing, including but not limited to preparing or designing image files, learning accessibility standards by writing alt text, preparing interactives such as hotspots and timelines, incorporating copy edits to scholarly texts, sharpening software skills with PhotoShop and WordPress, and learning to navigate the museum’s databases TMS and Piction.

Specific Projects:

This internship will focus on our online scholarly publishing program, LINK. The goal will be to digitize one of our backlisted catalogue titles.

  • Prepare image files for online publishing in Photoshop.
  • Write alt text to meet accessibility standards.
  • Lay out all catalogue text and images in WordPress.
  • Circulate proofs for review and incorporate text and layout changes.
  • Prepare online catalogue interactives.
  • Attend biweekly touch-base meetings.
  • Brainstorm ways to market our online publishing program.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and communicating skills
  • Detail-oriented, strong work ethic
  • Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge working within PhotoShop and WordPress

Number of Interns Needed: 1