Allentown Art Museum is seeking an organized and motivated intern for the Curatorial Research Internship for the Fall of 202.

This individual will focus on conducting research on the Museum’s American collections, in support of the 2022 reinstallation of the American galleries. The reinstallation aims to reframe the Museum’s American galleries around a more inclusive narrative, incorporating art that represents the diverse range of American voices and experiences. The reinstalled galleries will include works across media, drawing on the Museum’s rich print and textile holdings as well as paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and video art.

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.

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.


The Curatorial and Collections department is seeking an individual who is detail-oriented and passionate about the arts. The successful candidate must demonstrate a history of excellent academic research as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a group. Additionally, a strong background or course work in art history or a closely related field is required.


The Allentown Art Museum is proud to offer stipends to Interns accepted into the Fall 2021 program. Other benefits include a complimentary Student Membership which gives access to discounts at several local shops and eateries, as well as a discount at the Museum Store.

Stipends are provided at the end of the semester and are dependent upon the completion of the program.

Application Instructions:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants must supply the following materials to be considered for this position:

  1. A letter of interest outlining how the candidate’s qualifications and experiences align with the position description.
  2. A curriculum vitae.

All materials should be sent to with the subject line “Curatorial Research Internship Application.”

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 with the Allentown Art Museum.

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.

About 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 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.