Allentown Art Museum is seeking an organized and motivated intern for the Curatorial Research internship. To be considered for a Summer 2023 internship, please submit your application by April 10. This individual will focus on conducting research in support of the department’s goals. This may include researching possible acquisitions, upcoming exhibitions, or future rotations in the Museum’s newly reinstalled American galleries. This research supports key activities, including the interpretation and presentation of works in the galleries, the evaluation of gift offers and potential purchases. The Curatorial Research internship also increases institutional knowledge and understanding of the collection. 

Interns will gain experience and skills in object-based research along with hands-on experience using the Museum’s collections database. For each research project, the intern will compile a file of documents from trusted and relevant sources. Through the internship, students will learn about running a curatorial department and preparing for an exhibition.  

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that meetings will occur both in-person and on a virtual platform, and any physical interactions will strictly adhere to social distancing and hygienic measures as mandated by the Pennsylvania State policy. 

For more information on the Museum’s programming, exhibitions, or COVID-19 response, please visit our site, 

The successful candidate must be a senior or graduate student with a demonstrated history of excellent academic research, including an ability to locate primary sources and use interlibrary loan and archival resources as needed. This intern must possess the ability to work independently and show a strong background in art history or a closely related field. 

The Allentown Art Museum is proud to offer a $2,500 stipend to interns accepted into the program upon the completion of 200 hours of work. Stipends are provided in three intervals during the semester. Other benefits include a complimentary student membership that gives access to discounts at several local shops and eateries. You also receive a discount in the Museum Store.  

Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a cover letter outlining how the candidate’s qualifications and experiences align with the position description, and a resume. State and Federal Clearances as well as a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can begin work. Submit application materials through Handshake or send to dbriggs@allentown-art-museum.local. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The Allentown Art Museum is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status. 

About the Allentown Art Museum
Founded in 1934 and incorporated in 1939, the Allentown Art Museum (AAM) is the premier public visual arts facility in northeastern PA. The Museum strives to be an inclusive regional resource that uses arts and culture as a catalyst to drive interaction, education, experimentation, and social change. We offer exhibitions and programs that inspire, teach, transform, and engage our Valley – one person, one idea at a time. Our vision is to stimulate the active exploration of the arts and provide access, education, and engagement. Our goals include developing innovative programs to ensure that we can listen, respond to, and serve our community effectively. The Museum maintains a collection of 20,000 works in a 54,000+ sq. ft. facility We enjoy 60,000 – 70,000 visitors annually.