Paid Internships in Art Curation, History, & Learning

The Saint Louis Art Museum is once again offering four, full-time, paid internships.


The internship is open to current students and 2020 graduates of graduate programs in art history or related fields and to upper-class students in art history (or related) undergraduate programs.

The applications will be open starting in mid-December and can be found here: I will send out and email reminder once the application has gone live.

Interns will be placed within the division of Curatorial Affairs and Museum Programs and will work with one of our seven curatorial departments or with the department of Learning & Engagement. Possible projects include:

American Art:

The American department requests a summer intern to assist with research for a Cold War exhibition that will bring a socio-political perspective on a wide range of American art produced between 1939 (Hitler-Stalin pact) and 1963 (assassination of Pres. Kennedy). The intern’s project will entail researching primary sources for information on specific objects, social/political contexts, artist group and gallery histories, national annual juried exhibition histories, and contemporaneous reviews, as well as creating/maintaining files and organization for this information.

Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas:

The intern in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas will primarily research and catalog historic Native American art, focusing on the Donald Danforth Jr. Collection of Plains and Plateau art. The intern will also contribute to projects on African or Oceanic art as needed.

European Art to 1800:

This project involves research on the Weil Collection and the Renaissance Studiolo in preparation for the reinstallation of one of the European galleries. This gallery will be reimagined to be in the style of an Italian Studiolo. For this, the intern will conduct further research on objects in the Weil Collection, as well as research on the idea of the Renaissance studiolo and how other museums has designed their collection installations with this idea in mind.

Modern Art:

The intern in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art will support research for the museum publication, due out in 2022, German Expressionism at the Saint Louis Art Museum: The Paintings, a catalogue of the museum’s German Expressionism collection. Responsibilities include compiling exhibition histories and bibliographies for the featured paintings and writing about research discoveries for the museum’s blog. The intern will also support the department as a whole by writing interpretive text for the permanent collection galleries and cataloguing collection objects for promotion to the online search portal.

Multigenerational Learning:

The intern will assist Multigenerational Learning staff in implementing the Summer Youth SmART program, which serves approximately 2,000 youth from St. Louis-area community organizations and summer camps. They will help to train and oversee our Museum Teen Assistants, who lead tours and art activities for youth groups during the summer. They will also assist staff with coordination of scheduling and training of volunteers, in addition to administering surveys of attendees at SLAM Underground, Family Sundays, and/or Art Hill Film Series. *Please note that this internship will require some Friday evening and/or Sunday afternoon hours to assist with administering program evaluations


To apply, candidates will fill out a general internship application. Candidates will be considered for specific projects based on qualifications and project needs.