The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art encourages active learning through direct engagement with art from our wide-ranging collection, which spans nearly every art-producing culture throughout history. With four specialized centers and technology-equipped learning spaces throughout the museum, we are dedicated to engaging students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the wider public through the cultivation of new ideas and scholarship.
Undergraduate Diversity Internships
Questions regarding the internship can be directed to Ben Gardner, Mellon and Moravec University Experiences Manager.
The Eskenazi Museum of Art is proud to introduce our Summer Diversity Internship program focused on experiential learning and professional development in our museum setting. The program welcomes students who are curious about art and museum work. No prior museum experience is required. This is a paid internship and includes a housing stipend for 8 weeks. Participation is open to any and all IU students from an IU campus regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, economic status and other diverse backgrounds.
The internship is focused on museums and how they work as organizations. Interns will be introduced to different career possibilities and interact with museum and art experts from diverse backgrounds. Topics will include audience research, museum administration, and hands-on engagement with objects in the museum collection. Interns will complete the program with knowledge of museum and nonprofit functions as well as skills applicable across a range of careers.
To qualify for the internship, applicants must be:
- Enrolled full time in an undergraduate degree program at any IU campus.
- Available to work 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 7 – June 28, 2024. (Optional activities may be offered occasionally on evenings and weekends.)
The museum will not sponsor F-1 visas for this program.
Applications must be submitted in a single PDF document by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 18,2024.Applicants will be notified within three weeks of this date. Instructions and applications for making a PDF can be found on the Adobe website. Please save your compiled PDF document as: 2024internship_Lastname_Firstname.pdf. (Example: 2024internship_Smith_Jane.pdf)
Applications must contain the following four parts to be considered:
- A personal statement (around 500 words) addressing the following points:
- your interest in the program
- why diversity in an organization is important (e.g., giving a personal example or discussing how an historical or current event involving diversity impacted your perspective on diversity)
- any past experiences (education, work-based, or personal) that have led to your interest in a museum internship
- if you have strong interest in a particular department/aspect of the museum, feel free to let us know in your statement (and please describe why you are interested in focusing in that particular area)
- Two professional or academic references with name, title, email address, and phone number.
- A resume that includes past work experiences and other skills that you would like us to consider.
- Unofficial Indiana University transcript.
Once compiled into a single PDF document, email your application to Ben Gardner, Mellon and Moravec University Experiences Manager, at email@example.com.