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Internships at the UMFA

Internships are available while UMFA galleries are temporarily closed for reinstallation. Galleries will open to the public the weekend of  August 26.

Internships at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts provide excellent professional museum experience. UMFA interns collaborate with museum professionals, acquire valuable behind-the-scenes experience, participate in Museum projects and initiatives, and build resume objectives. A good candidate will be eager to learn, complete the work assigned, and contribute to the success of the UMFA.

Internships are available in several Museum departments including collections, curatorial, public programming and education, development, marketing, and finance. Each position has unique objectives and required skills. Most internships are unpaid and DO NOT include a stipend unless specified. Once accepted, the intern is placed in a specific department and assigned a mentor/supervisor.

Museum interns are invited to attend department and Museum staff meetings. Interns are expected to work an average of six to ten hours per week, and are required to attend a series of enrichments led by the UMFA Campus Outreach Coordinator which provide interaction with the UMFA director, department heads, and professional staff—affording comprehensive exposure to museum operations. 


Application deadline: May 1, 2017

Festivals Intern | Summer 2017
Coordinate the UMFA’s presence at summer and fall community festivals, an important component of our effort to promote the Museum’s reopening August 26. The successful candidate will have excellent communications skills; the ability to work independently and collaboratively with UMFA staff members and volunteers; and be highly organized, self-motivated, reliable, and resourceful. Event or festivals coordination and customer service experience is a plus.

This internship offers the successful candidate an opportunity to execute a year-long festivals outreach campaign that directly supports marketing and communications in a creative museum environment. The position reports to the director of marketing and communications.


  • Plan and prioritize method and level of participation in summer and fall festivals
  • Schedule UMFA staff and volunteers
  • Day-of implementation
  • Detailed reporting
  • Related duties

Required Skills

  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills
  • Creativity and attention to detail
  • Microsoft Word and Excel experience
  • Grace under pressure
  • Reliable transportation
  • Able to lift moderately heavy loads

Schedule: Maximum of 10 hours per week balanced between weekday, weekend, and occasional evenings as necessary

Collection Management Internship | Summer and Fall* 2017    

Gain valuable experience in collections management with the UMFA education and engagement department. Assist with object research and management in support of the Museum's education collection-a hands-on teaching collection that travels statewide through various educational programs.


  • General collection management including re-envision layout and design of collection storage
  • Complete object inventory, accessioning objects, removing objects from unsafe mounts, and evaluating conservation needs and priorities
  • Build secure storage and travel mounts for objects
  • Assist with data collection and organization of databases
  • Research Museum objects—artists, cultures, and time periods


  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, and reliable
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • General research experience
  • Able to carry up to 40 lbs. and willing to climb ladders
  • Work independently and as part of a team on multiple projects
  • Interest working in a museum, education, and collections management preferred    

Schedule: TBD, 10-15 hours/week, Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm.

*Priority may be given to applicants who wish to continue this internship through fall semester



We strongly recommend using resume and interview resources available from campus career services before applying.

  1. Read through the listings for each semester to find a good fit
  2. CLICK HERE to download the Internship Application
  3. Complete and submit the application via email or mail* and include:
    • Letter stating your interest in this internship, relevant skills, and learning objectives (no more than 500 words)
    • Contact information for three references—these do not need to be letters of reference
    • Academic transcript if you are enrolled or have graduated in the last twelve months (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  4. Intern coordinator will contact potential interns to schedule an interview
  5. After successfully completing the interview with the intern coordinator you may be contacted by the potential mentor/supervisor for a second interview

*Mail the application several days in advance of the deadline—late applications will not be considered. 



Use the online form below or call 801.581.5168


UMFA Internship Questions

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