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Intern, Curatorial

Academic Year, 2022-2023

Position Title:  Intern, Curatorial (Academic year | fall 2022 – spring 2023)

Position Type:  In-person, Bentonville, AR

Department:  Curatorial

Reports to:  Associate Curator


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 represents an expanding vision of American art from the 19th century to present day and encompasses multiple media and voices.

Internship Summary: 

The Curatorial department seeks one intern for the 2022-2023 academic year. The internship will span fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters. The intern will assist in the research and lending of works in the Art Bridges collection.

This internship will provide experiential learning that aligns with the knowledge and theories taught to students in the classroom, with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Learning will be guided and evaluated by experienced professionals. This intern should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of curatorial strategy and collection loans.

Activities and Learning Experiences will include:

  • Potential partner research
  • Writing and editing copy for various projects, including collection research
  • Collaborating with curators, program administrators, education/programming staff, registrars, web developers, and others
  • Meeting attendance:
    • Attending 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

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 diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI). Applicants must be prepared for a hands-on learning experience. The intern will have the opportunity to work with diverse partners, listen, ask questions, adapt, and collaborate.

This 24-week internship will take place during fall 2022 from Aug 29-Nov 18, 2022 and resume for spring 2023 from Jan 23-Apr 14, 2023. The intern will work 10-15 hours per week as determined by the 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 Attributes of an Ideal Candidate: 

  • Hold a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Good sense of humor
  • Must be a people-person
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is required, and familiarity with research and Web-based search tools is strongly preferred

      Internship Compensation: 

      $14/hr and/or course credit 


      • Application due by June 30, 2022
      • Intern selected by July 22, 2022

      Physical Demands, Work Environment & Requirements: 

      The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this opportunity. 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 is required for this job.
      • Work Environment: Work will be in-person in Bentonville, AR
      • Computer Equipment: A laptop will be provided, if needed. 
      • Background Check: Successful completion of a criminal background and reference check. 
      • Confidentiality: Must maintain the confidentiality of all non-public information 
      • Credits: Possible course credit can be negotiated with university departmental supervisor 

          Other Information: 

          While this internship provides an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and ability, it does not create any expressed or implied guarantee of future employment with Art Bridges. 

          All interns will be considered temporary employees and responsible for all state and federal withholdings from all earnings and payments. Interns will be ineligible for health & retirement benefits, but will be covered under worker’s compensation insurance during the internship duration and while performing activities for Art Bridges. 

          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. 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. Interns 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 AWE 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. 

          Art Bridges’ Commitment to DEAI 

          At Art Bridges, diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are central to all work and decisions within our organization. We support our colleagues and our partners in learning and growing together to make this important work part of our daily lives. 

          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.