Internships at the Meadows Museum

The Meadows Museum internships give students an introduction to the museum profession. Internships provide students with the opportunity to work directly with the Meadows Museum’s staff and a world-renowned collection of Spanish art. We ensure that our interns work on meaningful projects that contribute to the museum and give the intern marketable experience in the field.

“I am so glad I interned at the Meadows Museum because I felt like my manager wanted to teach me and help me become a better art educator.”

– Briana Long, 2018 William B. Jordan Undergraduate Intern in Museum Education

Meadows Museum Summer 2022 Undergraduate Internship in Museum Education

The Meadows Museum Undergraduate Internship in Museum Education provides an SMU undergraduate student with a paid opportunity to join the Meadows Museum staff for twenty-one hours a week for hands-on professional experience for 10 weeks during Summer 2022. Interns work directly with the Meadows Museum’s staff on meaningful projects that contribute to the museum and give the intern marketable experience in the field.

Museum educators connect various audiences—from students and teachers to families and adults—with works of art on view. Educators teach in the galleries, create resources, and design programs that enable visitors to learn about and have experiences with works of art.

Position Description

The Summer 2022 Undergraduate Internship in Museum Education is designed to introduce the intern to accessibility efforts within the museum. Verbal Descriptions use nonvisual language to convey the visual world. The summer intern will compose and record Verbal Descriptions for works in the Meadows Museum collection, which will be added to the museum’s website and Mobile Guide. Additionally, the intern will work with Education Staff to design a program to train and pay SMU students to write Verbal Descriptions for Meadows Museum artworks during the 2022-2023 Academic Year.

This is a part-time (21 hours per week), in-person, summer internship. The intern will work 3 days per week from 9-5 PM, with a one-hour unpaid lunch. The internship runs for 10 weeks between May 31–August 5, 2022. The museum will work with the intern to determine the exact weekly schedule.

Qualifications

  • applicants must be enrolled undergraduate students at SMU, entering their junior or senior year in the 2022–2023 academic year
  • applicants must have a strong interest in pursuing a career in museums
  • applicants must be eligible for on-campus work and eligible to be paid through SMU payroll
  • applicants with an interest in or experience with audiences with vision impairment a plus
  • applicants with experience in campus organizations and activities at SMU are a plus
  • applicants who receive needs-based financial aid at SMU are a plus

Compensation

$13/hour

Application Process

Online applications are due by 11:45 PM on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Select candidates will be contacted for interviews. Applicants must submit:

  • a résumé and personalized cover letter that discusses their qualifications and interest in museum education
  • Two letters of recommendation: Recommenders must upload their letter through the online Recommendation Submission Form.