Museum Education Internship

The Museum Education Internship is a paid internship program within the Education Department of the Kemper Art Museum. The purpose of the internship is to provide opportunities to interdisciplinary students from historically underrepresented groups to actively participate in the museum field by contributing to the Kemper Art Museum’s educational programs. The semester-long internship (10–12 hours/week) is designed to offer a Washington University student professional training in museum education, including researching, designing, teaching, and evaluating gallery lessons and interpretive materials for university audiences. The candidate will help strengthen the Museum’s university engagement by developing learning initiatives that build relationships across the Washington University campus. In addition, the internship will culminate in a special project that supports the Museum’s mission of providing innovative object-based learning for diverse audiences and that complements the student’s academic and professional interests. The candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary intellectual environment, collaborating across departments to realize their project and gaining exposure to curatorial research, the Museum’s scholarly publications program, marketing and visitor services, and behind-the-scenes operations. The selected student will be invited to attend staff meetings and public programs as their schedule allows.

* Please note that the spring 2021 internship will take place remotely to ensure the health and safety of the campus community.

Eligibility and Requirements

The internship is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at Washington University in St. Louis. Students in the Association of Black Students, Asian American Association, Association of Latin American Students, PRIDE, and multicultural student groups, as well as Enterprise, TRiO, Rodriguez, and Ervin scholar groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should be in good standing at Washington University, making satisfactory progress toward their degree. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA for the duration of the internship and will need the approval of their academic advisor.

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How to Apply

Please direct any questions about the internship or the application to Meredith Lehman at or 314.935.7918.

Applications are due by November 30, 2020, and should contain the following:

• A cover letter that addresses your interest in the position
• An academic writing sample (no more than ten pages)
• A letter of recommendation from a Washington University faculty member
• A résumé or CV with education and employment history, and contact information for three references

How to Submit the Application

Email a PDF of your application materials to:

Meredith Lehman
Head of Museum Education, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum   


Support for this internship is provided by Women and the Kemper and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity.