Made possible by the Eugene McDermott Education Fund.
Applications for the 2021–2022 McDermott Internship Program closed on March 26, 2021. Staff has begun the process of reviewing all applications and selecting candidates for interviews. Applicants who pass this initial round will be contacted to schedule an interview in April, and final selections should be determined by late May, at which point all applicants will be notified. 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.
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 2021 Summer Art Camp Internship closed on April 9, 2021. Staff has begun the process of reviewing all applications and selecting candidates for interviews. Applicants who pass this initial round will be contacted to schedule an interview in April, and final selections should be determined by May, at which point all applicants will be notified. 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
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