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Summer Internships at the Chrysler Museum

The Chrysler Museum of Art is proud to offer college students and recent graduates the opportunity to explore museum work through special projects designed by members of the Chrysler staff. Internships in various departments are available to help familiarize students with careers in a museum field.

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When Are Internships Offered?

June 6–Aug. 4, 2017
Weekly work schedule:
Tuesday- Friday, 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
No stipends are provided. Internships may be taken for credit through your college. Acceptance into the internship program does not secure you employment with the Museum.

How to Apply

To apply for a Summer Internship, candidates should submit:

  • A cover letter stating:
    1. Your interest in an internship at the Chrysler Museum of Art
    2. Why this experience will help you achieve your career goals
    3. Which three departments are of interest to you and why, listed in order of preference
  • A letter of recommendation from faculty/previous employer/volunteer coordinator
  • A resume or curriculum vitae

Application materials cannot be returned. Do not send originals.

Application Deadline

Applications were due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 3.

Applications may be submitted via email via email to Please include "2017 Summer Internship Program" in the subject line.

Applications may be submitted by mail to:
Chrysler Museum of Art
Maegan Douglas
Education Department
One Memorial Place
Norfolk, VA 23510

Interviews will be conducted in the month of March. All interns will be notified of decisions made by Friday, April 21, 2017.

Which Departments Offer Internships?

Specific departmental-level internship opportunities for 2017 are listed below.


For more information, please contact Maegan Douglas, Public Programs Coordinator at or 757-333-6221.

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Director's Office

The Director works with the Board of Trustees to provide overall management and direction for the Museum. The Director serves a prominent role in fundraising, community engagement and overall vision.

This intern will spend time honing their writing and researching skills. This intern will research online and in the Jean Outland Chrysler Library, writing short articles and book summaries, as well as assisting the Director in various endeavors.


The Education department is responsible for interpreting the Museum's collections and offering a wide range of learning experiences to the public. Experiences include tours, classes, workshops, lectures, films, camps, and festivals. Education is responsible for engaging the community and working with new or untapped visitor bases. Educators also create gallery activities, family guides, and engaging response-station works.

Work this summer to help develop hands-on activities, lead gallery talks, or work with our Summer Camp groups. Learn what it takes to teach visitors about our vast array of art. In this department you will work with each team member to understand the full range of what the department does.


The curatorial department strives to bring exciting and engaging works of art to the Museum. From acquiring art to organizing exhibitions, this team of art historians and experts plays an integral role in Museum operations.

This intern will work with a curator to help prepare for upcoming exhibitions. Days will be spent researching the collection, developing exhibition ideas, working closely with curators on administrative projects, and learning what it takes to keep a museum on the cutting edge.


The development department supports the Museum by helping to finance a wide variety of activities. The department generates ideas for fundraising projects which could include membership competitions, receptions, trips, and special events.

As an intern you will assist with donor engagement, learn about audit reports, and assist in updating the donor board. You will also learn and assist with other tasks pertaining to membership in the Museum. If you like to work in a fast-paced environment where details count, this department could be for you.


The design department is responsible for creating materials related to exhibitions, educational programs, and marketing. Our designers produce a quarterly magazine, a monthly calendar mailer, and all interpretational didactics in the Museum.

As an intern you can look forward to learning how to create publications, exhibition graphics, and learn in-house branding guidelines. It will include working with the Adobe Creative Suite as well as working closely with the exhibitions team.


Communications is responsible for creating all print and web-based marketing materials, and creates new ways for visitors to find out about and interact with the Museum.

As a communications intern you will acquire hands-on experience supporting staff with media outreach and in the organization and management of media visits; creating and editing content for the museum’s website, e-news, and social media channels; researching and writing PR and marketing materials; assisting with advertising and promotions projects; and providing administrative support.