Internships

McDermott Internships

Made possible by the Eugene McDermott Education Fund.

The 2021–2022 McDermott Internship positions have been filled and all applicants have been notified. The DMA looks forward to welcoming the new class in the fall. Applications for the 2022–2023 McDermott Internship will open in January 2022. General information about the program and the application process is listed below.

Each year the Dallas Museum of Art offers nine paid internship positions divided among the Museum’s Education, Curatorial, and Exhibitions and Interpretation departments. McDermott Internships are open to individuals who have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees prior to the program's start date and are interested in exploring museum careers. Established in 1974, the McDermott Internship Program allows interns to work closely with staff throughout the Museum and provides opportunities for individual contributions, resulting in an in-depth and well-rounded perspective on museum work.

In addition to their daily museum duties, which comprise a full-time 35-hour work week, McDermott Interns are also able to explore Dallas’s rich cultural scene through performances, museum visits, and collection tours arranged by the DMA. Interns are also allowed to request $500 toward qualified professional development to be completed during their tenure.

International applicants are invited to apply, but note that we require proof of eligibility to work in the United States before the first day of the program and we are unable to provide any assistance regarding paperwork or fees associated with obtaining such eligibility. This may include such commonly obtained documents as a Social Security card and current state driver’s license; a valid US passport; or a valid visa that will not expire before the termination date of the Internship and the ability to obtain a Social Security number once you arrive in the United States. Please refer to our host profile with International Arts & Artists for more information.

If you have any additional questions about the McDermott Internship Program, please send us an email.

McDermott Internships

Online Applications: Open annually in mid-January
Application Requirements: Completed online application including a personal statement cover letter, résumé or CV, and transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and two letters of recommendation (submitted by your recommenders); writing sample required for some positions
Due: Annually in March
Openings: 9 paid intern positions divided among Education, Curatorial, and Exhibitions and Interpretation departments
Dates: August through May for most positions
Compensation: $13.50/hour during FY22 (approximately $18,000–$23,000 based on length of position)
Benefits: Full benefits including medical and dental insurance and paid personal, holiday, and sick time

Center for Creative Connections Internship

Due to the ongoing limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum is unable to offer the C3 Summer Internship for 2021. For reference, general information about past programs and their application process is listed below.

When possible, the Dallas Museum of Art offers one paid summer internship in the Center for Creative Connections (C3), open to college students who are completing their degrees. Interns work closely with C3 staff to learn about the management of a hands-on interactive educational space, including strategies for visitor engagement and methods for evaluation.

C3 Summer Internship

Online Application: Unavailable for summer 2021
Application Requirements: Completed online application, personal statement, résumé, and two letters of recommendation (submitted by your recommenders)
Due: March when available
Openings: 1 paid intern position in the Education Department
Dates: May through August, Tuesday–Saturday
Compensation: Hourly rate determined each year

Summer Art Camp Internships

Applications for the 2022 Summer Art Camp Internship will open in January 2022. General information about the program and application process is listed below.

The Dallas Museum of Art offers up to eight summer internship positions in the Education Department, open to college students who are completing their degrees and can receive course credit. Interns work closely with art instructors to facilitate Summer Art Camp programs designed for children ages 4–12. Interns build hands-on teaching skills by helping guide students in art-making projects, games, and sensory explorations.

Summer Art Camp Internships

Online Application: Open anually in January
Application Requirements: Completed online application, personal statement cover letter, résumé
Due: Anually in spring
Openings: 6–8 intern positions in the Education Department
Dates: Summer
Work Schedule: Monday–Friday, morning or afternoon shifts may vary each week, either 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or 12:30–4:30 p.m., 20 hours per week (approximately 160 total hours)
Compensation: $11/hour during summer 2021

Mayer Library Internships

Applications for the Shirley Phillipson Pollock Internship in Art Librarianship are now open through October 1, 2021. Apply for the Pollock Internship through the Museum's online job portal. The Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library offers internship and practicum opportunities to students enrolled in library and information science programs. General information about library internship opportunities and applications are listed below.

The Shirley Phillipson Pollock Internship in Art Librarianship offers a paid opportunity for current students or recent graduates of graduate library or information science programs to gain experience working in an art museum library setting. The internship can be configured as a practicum to fulfill the requirements of the MLIS degree where applicable. Interns collaborate with professional staff and participate in the Mayer Library's daily activities while also contributing to special projects. Interns will have the opportunity to develop skills in public services, collection management, technical services, and special projects through collaboration with library staff. Internships may be project oriented, based on the current needs of the library and/or tailored to the professional interests or learning goals of the intern. 

Shirley Phillipson Pollock Internship in Art Librarianship

Online Application: Pollock Intern for the Mayer Library
Application Requirements: Cover letter describing learning objectives and career aspirations, résumé or CV, unofficial transcripts, and one professional or academic reference
Due: October 1, 2021
Openings: 1 paid part-time intern position in the Mayer Library
Dates: January 18 through May 2022
Compensation: $17.85/hr unless practicum requirements state otherwise