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Havner Curatorial Summer Internship

Havner Curatorial Summer Internship - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Full Time

The Havner Curatorial Summer Internship at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers opportunities to gain first-hand exposure and experience in a curatorial department of an art museum. Havner Interns may assist with exhibition projects, interpretation and display of artwork, conduct research on objects in the collection, and work with the library and archives. Havner interns will work directly with a member of the curatorial team, and will have experiences covering the full scope of the collection, which spans five centuries of American art, from the 18th century through today. Havner Interns will gain knowledge of many departments within the Museum through orientation and discussion lunches and/or meetings. Havner Interns will not only expand upon their academic training, but also work to apply their knowledge and skills in practical ways.

This is an 8-10 week internship from early June to early August. The anticipated number of hours per week will be 35. Compensation will be paid as a stipend. Housing near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art provided. Three intern positions are available for 2019.

Crystal Bridges is committed to a diverse workforce and to providing training for the next generation of museum professionals. Students representing underrepresented groups in the curatorial field are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Junior or Senior undergraduate students and first or second year graduate students

  • Interest in American art and/or architecture

  • Completion of at least one American art history course

  • Detail-oriented

  • Must maintain confidentiality of sensitive information

Internship Compensation

  • Up to $2,800 for undergraduate students

  • Up to $3,500 for graduate students

  • Housing provided


  • Applications due  Friday, January 11, 2019

  • Interns selected by Friday, March 15, 2019

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands:  In the work environment described below, position requires verbal and written conversation with others, work at a desk and utilizing a computer for prolonged periods of time, bending and stretching for filing.

  • Work environment:  Work will be performed in an office environment, museum spaces, and in communities served. The noise level in the Museum work environment is usually low to moderate.

If the intern’s personal equipment is used, the Museum accepts no liability for loss or corruption of electronic files on device or any damage caused to said equipment while being used for Museum purposes.

Application and Additional Information


To be considered for this position, please apply through this posting. Applications must be complete and include a resume and cover letter.

No phone calls please.

The successful candidate will be required to pass a routine background and consumer credit check and drug screen.


Crystal Bridges is committed to creating an institution that reflects the diversity of our region and nation. We are especially mindful of those in our community impacted by inequity due to ability, language, class, age, gender, religion, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and are working diligently to address perceived and real barriers that keep anyone from fully experiencing the museum as a guest, volunteer, or employee. To achieve true reform, we must have a diverse, highly qualified team. Crystal Bridges is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

We actively encourage minority candidates to apply for this position.

Museum Overview:

Crystal Bridges is a museum of American Art located in Bentonville, Arkansas. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting and preserving outstanding works that illuminate the American heritage and artistic possibilities.

We are passionate about transforming lives through experiences that encourage the discovery of new ideas, expanded dreams and inspired actions.

As an intern at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you will be empowered to think creatively, ask questions, and make suggestions to help move the institution forward. Apply.