Internships

McDermott Internships

Made possible by the Eugene McDermott Education Fund.

All positions for the 2020-2021 McDermott Internship Program have been filled. We look forward to welcoming our interns in the fall. General information about the program and next year's 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 Design 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 that comprise a full time 35-hour work week, McDermott Interns are also able to explore Dallas’ rich cultural scene through performances, museum visits, and collection tours arranged by the Museum. 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: Posted annually in January
Application Requirements: completed online application, personal statement, résumé or CV, transcripts, and three 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 Design and Interpretation Departments
Dates: August through May for most positions
Compensation: Hourly rate of $13.50 during fiscal year 2021

Center for Creative Connections Internship

General information about the program and 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 an interactive educational space, including strategies for visitor engagement and methods for evaluation.

C3 Summer Internship

Online Application: Posted in January when available
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. Interns work closely with art instructors to facilitate Summer Art Camp programs designed for children age 4–12. Interns build hands-on teaching skills by helping to 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)

Education Summer Internships

The Dallas Museum of Art occasionally offers unpaid, part-time summer internships in the Education Department, open to college students who are completing their degrees. Interns work closely with Education staff to support a particular area and learn more about the Museum's educational programming. There are currently no opportunities open for summer 2020.