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Internship Programs

2014-2015 Student Internship

The Dayton Art Institute is an equal opportunity employer

The Dayton Art Institute’s Student Internship Program is intended to provide students with first-hand professional experiences in a museum setting. Although internships are non-paid positions, the museum seeks to provide the student with projects relevant to the student’s professional goals making the best use of the student’s knowledge and insight. Academic credit may be received depending on the intern’s college program. By serving as an assistant to mid- and senior level museum employees, the internship is a professional experience in which the student and the museum both gain through a mutually beneficial experience.

The museum’s internship program is designed primarily for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students. These unpaid internships are typically available in the Curatorial, Education, Facility Rental, Human Resource, Marketing and Registration departments. Students are introduced to the museum’s activities as a whole as well as the individual department’s regular activities. The museum trains the intern to carry out tasks assigned to them by department employees, thus providing the intern with valuable experience all while contributing to the museum’s ongoing activities and programs.

Internships are designed to last 10 to 12 weeks or the equivalent of a school term or semester. Interns are expected to maintain a work schedule equivalent to 8 to 10 hours per week. Schedules are arranged to meet both the needs of the student and the museum. If a student requires a compressed short-term internship, 100 hours minimum will be expected.


Development Department Intern:
Development internships are designed to expose students to donor data analysis – taking donor profile information and rating/scoring by data points /analysis in Excel; prospect research – online and print research; data entry into database; donor research and profile building; donor appeal analysis; and demographic analysis of attendance – gender, income, age, zip code, ethnicity, etc. Working under the supervision of one of the development staff members, interns contribute to a variety of projects, learn about the functions of the development department, and gain a deeper understanding on cultivating, maintaining, and strengthening donor relationships strategically through fund raising initiatives. Educational experience involving a statistics or computer science student is preferred. Moderate to advanced Excel knowledge to manipulate data is necessary.

Education Department Intern:
Education internships are designed to expose college students to the field of museum education with practical, in-depth training in the museum profession. Working under the supervision of one of the education staff members, interns contribute to a variety of projects including research of artworks, hands-on teaching assistance, and workshop material preparation. Interns also learn about the functions of the education and curatorial department and gain a deeper understanding the museum’s permanent collection, special exhibitions and education programs for visitors of all ages.

Facility Rentals & Beverage Intern:
Assist the manager of Facility Rentals and Events in negotiating, procuring, planning, managing, and evaluating all facility rentals for internal and external building use for diverse audiences. In addition, will assist manager in overseeing the entire beverage operation of museum (including but not limited to soda, wine, beer, alcohol and water), and related condiments, supplies, and equipment for facility rentals, events and programs, etc.

Special Events Intern:
Provide project support to the Marketing department. Responsibilities include assistance with special events including Art Ball, Oktoberfest, and other museum events. Intern will learn how to plan, coordinate and execute major events such as Art Ball and Oktoberfest, including procurement of corporate and media sponsorship, and food, beverage and artisan vendors. In addition, intern will assist in the management and logistics of the events; rental of tables, chairs, vendor and tent placement, set-up and teardown; work with museum team for additional duties related to events.

Registrar’s Office Intern:
Internships within the Curatorial department are designed to expose college students to the field of museum registration with practical work experience. Working under the supervision of the Registrar, interns contribute to a variety of projects, including inventories, data entry of museum records, cataloguing, and research on the museum collections. Educational experience involving fine arts, museum studies or art history is preferred.

Education Department Intern: Summer Camp Assistant
Summer Camp internships are designed to expose students to the field of museum education. College students have opportunities to apply classroom skills in a real-world environment by learning how to plan and manage an all-day art camp. Responsibilities include assisting with camp registrations, weekly camp supply inventory/management, fulfilling instructor requests and studio organization. Duties may also include creating and implementing art projects and other engaging activities for campers in the extended care program. Interns help assist summer art camp classroom instructors and oversee the camp’s morning extended care programs.


  • hands-on classroom instruction
  • preparing supplies and materials for classes
  • interacting with campers and parents through educational activities
  • assisting instructors with preparation and execution of projects and art activities
  • creating and implementing art projects and other engaging activities for campers in the morning extended care program


  •   enjoy working with children of all ages
  • ability to engage children through planned activities
  • ability to work in a team environment
  • familiar with a variety of art mediums and materials
  • college educational experience involving art education, education, museum studies or fine arts

The internship program runs from June through August 2015. Interns are required to work between 25 and 40 hours per week, with a two-week minimum commitment.

All interns are encouraged to obtain credit for internships through their academic institution. This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

To apply for this internship, send internship application and letter of agreement (see below), resume and four references to The Dayton Art Institute, Attn: Monica Walker, Human Resources Director or email to

All listed positions support the coordination of on-site activities and events that reflect the museum’s mission and advance the museum’s strategic plan to promote learning and interpretation; reach broader, more diverse audiences; enhance the visitor’s experience; and assure fiscal stability.

Interns are placed within the respective departments based on their educational background and career goals after successfully completing a formal application and interview. Applications should be submitted 30 days prior to the proposed starting date (or as soon as possible).

To apply, send internship application, letter of agreement, resume and two letters of recommendation (sealed envelope) to:

The Dayton Art Institute
Attn:  Monica Walker, Human Resources Director
456 Belmonte Park North
Dayton, Ohio 45405-4700

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