Curatorial Research Internship

The Curatorial Research Internship is a paid, semester-long internship through the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in partnership with the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity. The purpose of the internship is to provide opportunities to Washington University undergraduate and graduate students to research the Museum’s collection by focusing on a research project related to the study of race and ethnicity, and/or the WashU & Slavery Project. Projects may focus on the Museum’s institutional history and artwork-based primary and secondary research that illuminates ties to the history of racism in the United States. The selected research-based project will advance the development of interpretive materials including primary sources and digital learning resources. The candidate is expected to work independently and collaboratively to identify and analyze archival materials and to present their research in the WashU & Slavery Project workshop and/or at a public talk. The intern, based in the curatorial department, is part of an interdisciplinary intellectual environment, collaborating across departments as well as participating in a professional development series that gives exposure to the Museum’s departments, including education, publications, and registration. The selected student attends staff meetings and public programs as their schedule allows.

Eligibility and requirements

The internship is open to all 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, Ervin scholar groups, former Chancellor Career Fellows, Bouchet Society Fellows, Chancellor’s Graduate Fellows, and Spencer T. and Ann. W. Olin Fellows 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.

Please direct any questions about the internship to Meredith Malone, curator, at or 314.935.7281.


Support for this internship is provided by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity’s Arts and Culture initiative.