Job title
Curatorial Research Internship–Summer 2024

Position type

Work-Study program

Job description
The Allentown Art Museum is seeking an organized and motivated intern for our Curatorial Research Internship. 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, and increasing institutional knowledge and understanding of the collection. 

Interns will gain practical experience and skills in object-based research and gain 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 course of the internship, students will learn about the day-to-day work involved in running a curatorial department and preparing for an exhibition. 

The Curatorial and Collections department is seeking an individual who is detail-oriented and passionate about the arts. 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 or course work in art history or a closely related field is required. 

The Allentown Art Museum is proud to offer a $2,500 stipend to Interns accepted into the program upon the completion of 150 hours of work. Stipends are provided in three intervals during the semester. Other benefits include complimentary Student Membership, which gives access to discounts at several local shops and eateries, as well as a discount at 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 and a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can begin work with the Allentown Art Museum. Submit application materials to

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
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.

Museum Description
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 by offering 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 of art in a 54,000+ sq. ft. facility, enjoying 60,000–70,000 visitors annually.

The deadline to apply for Summer 2024 internships is April 15, 2024