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Intern, Fellows Program

Academic Year, 2022-2023

Position Title:  Intern, Art Bridges Fellows Program (Academic year | fall 2022 – spring 2023)

Position Type: Hybrid (one day in the office in Bentonville, AR plus 2-3 hours remote)

Department: Fellows Program

Reports to: Director, Fellows Program


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 Art Bridges Fellows Program seeks one intern for the 2022-2023 academic year. The internship will span fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters. It 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 internships and fellowship programs as well as foundation and museum operations.

Activities and Learning Experiences will include:

  • Assisting with all aspects of project management for the Art Bridges Fellows Program
  • Supporting the creation of resources and tool kits for Art Bridges Fellows and partner museums
  • Collaborating on ongoing initiatives with other interns, curators, program administrators, educators, registrars, web developers, and others
  • Preparing for and participating in meetings with partner museums as well as the Art Bridges team (all-staff, departmental, DEAI subcommittees, and project-specific)
  • Conducting informational interviews with Art Bridges, Crystal Bridges, and Momentary staff
  • Engaging in our intern speaker series by preparing bios and leading Q&As
  • Proposing a final project based on your interests and research questions to explore over the academic year

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 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

Areas of Support and Learning:

The Intern, Fellows Program will actively participate and gain experiential learning by performing duties in some of the following functional areas:

  • Supporting the department with the needs of the national Art Bridges Fellows cohorts, including ongoing communication and outreach
  • Conducting background research and preparing for meetings with partners
  • Collaborating on proposals for DEAI, professional development, and other programming for Art Bridges Fellows and partners
  • Developing content and resources for the Art Bridges website and social media
  • Further expanding national network with other art museum fellowships programs
  • Tracking and analyzing relevant metrics to the program with support from evaluation and data colleagues at Crystal Bridges
  • Updating information in databases, such as Salesforce, related to fellows and interns
  • Other duties as assigned

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 are required for this job.
  • Work Environment: Hybrid (one day in the office in Bentonville, AR plus 2-3 hours remote)
  • Computer Equipment: Interns will use their own laptops. If you are in need of a laptop to complete your work, one may be provided to you. 
  • 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 workers 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. As of March 1, 2022, to be considered “fully vaccinated” by our organizations, you must receive a booster. If you are not eligible by this deadline, you must be boosted when eligible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person is considered “boosted” and up to date the same day as receiving their booster dose. Documentation of your booster will be required.

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 and associated booster vaccinations. 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.