Internships

McDermott Internships

Made possible by the Eugene McDermott Education Fund.

Applications for the 2021–2022 McDermott Internship Program are open now through March 26, 2021. Please view individual applications, including requirements and complete descriptions for each position, in our online job portal. 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.

2021–2022 McDermott Internships

Online Applications:

McDermott Intern for Adult Programs and Arts & Letters Live
McDermott Intern for Family and Access Programs
McDermott Intern for Youth and School Programs
McDermott Intern for Interpretation
McDermott Intern for Arts of the Americas
McDermott Intern for American Art
McDermott Intern for Contemporary Art
McDermott Intern for Modern Jewelry
Dedo and Barron Kidd McDermott Intern Fellow for European Art

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: March 26, 2021
Openings: 9 paid intern positions divided among Education, Curatorial, and Exhibitions and Interpretation departments
Dates: August 30, 2021–May 20, 2022 for most positions
Compensation: $13.50/hour (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

General information about the program and application process is listed below.

The Dallas Museum of Art offers up to eight unpaid 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: Posted annually in January
Application Requirements: completed online application, personal statement, résumé, and two letters of recommendation (submitted by your recommenders)
Due: Annually in March
Openings: 6–8 unpaid intern positions in the Education Department
Dates: June through August (excluding the week of July 4)