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Collections Intern

Spring 2022

Position Title:  Collections Intern | Spring 2022

Position Type: Hybrid in-person (Bentonville, AR) with remote work

Department:   Collections Loans and Exhibitions

Reports to:      Registrar


Art Bridges is the vision of philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton. The mission of Art Bridges is to expand access to American art in all regions across the United States. Since 2017, Art Bridges has been creating and supporting programs that bring outstanding works of American art out of storage and into communities. Art Bridges partners with a growing network of nearly 170 museums of all sizes and locations to provide financial and strategic support for exhibition development, loans from the Art Bridges collection, and programs designed to educate, inspire, and deepen engagement with local audiences. The Art Bridges Collection features American masterworks of early American to present day and encompasses painting, sculpture, and photography.

Position Summary:

The Collection Loans and Exhibitions department seeks one intern to employ for the spring 2022 semester who will assist in the management and care of the Art Bridges collection as well as our collections sharing program and Art Bridges managed exhibitions.

Duties will include:

  •  Assisting the collections team with documentation and care of the Art Bridges collection and loans to Art Bridges through the collection sharing program and Art Bridges managed traveling exhibitions.

Preferred candidates will be passionate about expanding access to art with skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, research, communications, writing, and building interpersonal relationships. The intern should possess intellectual curiosity, flexibility, and openness to give and receive feedback. They will be interested in American art, community engagement, social justice, and DEAI. Applicants must be prepared for a hands on experience. The intern will have the ability to work with diverse partners, listen, ask questions, adapt, and collaborate.

This 12-week internship will commence on or about January 24, 2022 and will end April 15, 2022. The intern will work 10-15 hours per week as determined with supervisor and will be paid hourly.

Art Bridges is committed to a diverse workforce and to providing training for the next generation of museum professionals. Students from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate: rising juniors or seniors and current seniors (class of 2022/2023)
  • Graduate: first or second year graduate students
  • Interest in American art
  • Experience/Interest in collections management preferred
  • Experience with The Museum System or other collections management database is preferred
  • Detail-orientated
  • A background check is required
  • Must maintain the confidentiality of all non-public information
  • Possible course credit can be negotiated with University departmental supervisor

Areas of Support:

The Collections Intern will actively participate and perform duties in some of the following functional areas:

  • Assist the Collections team in the care and documentation of the Art Bridges collection
  • Assist with documentation of the Art Bridges collection
  • Data entry in collections management database, TMS
  • Assist with logistics and records regarding collection loans
  • Assist with logistics and activation of the Art Bridges collection sharing program
  • Provide support for Art Bridges managed traveling exhibitions.
  • Assist with Rights and Reproductions for Art Bridges collection and loans
  • Meeting attendance:
    • Attending our All Staff and department meetings/brainstorming sessions
    • Attend project meetings
    • Attend meetings with partners
    • Participate in educational activities such as: speaker series, lunch and learns, and book club, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned


Please submit a resume and cover letter and a writing sample (2-3 pages) to be considered for this internship. Email The application deadline is November 8, 2021.

Internship Compensation:

$14/hr and/or course credit

When you are required to report to the office, you will be eligible for mileage reimbursement from your residence to the office, payable at the federal mileage reimbursement rate.


  • Application due by November 8, 2021
  • Intern selected by December 1, 2021

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: In the work environment described herein, the position requires work at a desk and utilizing a computer for prolonged periods of time, and excellent eye/hand coordination. Visual acuity to review detailed drawings and written materials are required for this job.
  • Work Environment: Work will either be in person in Bentonville, remote, or a combination.
  • Computer Equipment: A laptop will be provided.

Vaccination Policy:

In accordance with our duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, and to do our part in safeguarding the health of our co-workers and their families as well as the community at large from this infectious disease that will be reduced by vaccination, we are requiring all Art Bridges staff and INTERNS to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date as a condition of employment. According to the CDC, “fully vaccinated” means it has been two weeks since a person received the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

In accordance with all federal, state and local rules and regulations, Art Bridges recognizes that there may be certain circumstances exempting an employee from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Employees in need of an exemption from this policy due to a disability, advice of a medical provider, or religious beliefs inconsistent with vaccination, must contact the HR group at ASC to initiate the interactive review process within the deadlines expressed in this policy.

We strongly hope this policy decision will help to change the current landscape of infection rates in our community by creating a sense of urgency and proactivity. Our desire is to continue to fulfill our vision of transforming lives through Art Bridges mission. To do this, our first priority is to create a safe workplace.

Equal Opportunity Employment:

Art Bridges is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.