The Mint Museum’s Internship Program is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain valuable career insight into the daily operations of a museum.

Internships are available at both museum locations and in a variety of departments, including: Advancement & Communications, Collections & Exhibitions, Curatorial, Design & Installation, and Learning & Engagement.

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester: July 8
Spring Semester: November 8
Summer Semester: March 8

Learning & Engagement Intern:  “This experience has been invaluable for showing me exactly what goes on behind the gallery walls and meeting the people that make it all happen” – Julie Woodson

Learn more from past interns of The Mint Museum.

Application Requirements

  • At least a 3.0 GPA in your major with a strong interest in the visual arts and a desire to work in the museum field.
  • Completed Internship Application with an attached resume, and cover letter.
  • One letter of recommendation from a college professor or employer emailed directly to Alexandra Olivares
  • Applications will not be considered without all four components: application, resume, cover letter and letter of recommendation.

Application Information

  • Majors in an arts related field is preferred. Examples include: Art History, Art Education, Studio Art, Arts Administration, Museum Studies, Library Studies, or English. Other intern positions available for Graphic Design, Communications & Media Relations majors or related fields.
  • Interns must be available 10 to 25 hours a week during the semester.
  • The General Internship roles are unpaid.
    • The General Internships roles are unpaid and availability varies every semester.
  • The Focused Internship roles offers a stipend.
    • This category is starting in the summer of 2019, these limited project based internships will change every semester depending on museum need. A $600 stipend will be awarded for each role.
  • Interns whose position requires direct contact with children will be asked to complete a background check.

General Internship Roles – Museum department categories

The General Internships Roles are unpaid and availability varies every semester. Application form ⇒

Accounting & Finance

Accounting & Finance interns assist staff with a variety of accounting and financial tasks, such as: data entry, filing, budgets and budget reports, account reconciliations and various analytical review.


Advancement interns assist staff with a variety of tasks including: database entry, filing, assisting with the planning and implementation of fundraising events at the museum, conducting research on various topics including audience development, and donor profiles.


The Mint Museum Archives offers interns the chance to gain practical work experience in an environment that is meaningful, educational and fulfilling. Archives interns assist with collection acquisitions, accessioning, arrangement, description, digitization and outreach. Special projects can be accomodated on a case-by-case basis.

Collections & Exhibitions: Design

The Collections & Exhibition Design Intern assists the Exhibitions Designer on design development and planning for exhibitions and installations, organizing works of art and interpretive elements into engaging, immersive space. This internship offers hands-on training in the museum profession, working with museum collections, and an overview of skills and responsibilities required to design and produce museum exhibitions from the early planning stages through implementation. Related majors: architecture, interior design, graphic design and scene design.

Recommended areas of interest/skills:

  • Highly motivated creative thinker
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience with 3D Imaging Software
  • Interest in Museum Standards and Practices
Collections Management

This internship will provide a broad range of practical registration and collections management experiences for participants considering a career in art history or museum collections. Interns may be actively involved in inventory, preventive conservation, copyright, photography, maintaining accession files, object numbering, conducting research on collection objects, database work, or other collections management duties. The candidate should have strong organizational skills, ability to work independently, and an acute attention to detail.

Collection Photography & Archives

This internship will work closely with the Collections Photographer and will focus on building a strong skill set in photography and digital archives. The right candidate will receive a broad range of practical registration and collections photography experiences for participants considering a career in photography and museum collections. Interns will be actively involved in photography shoots, object handling, inventory, copyright, conducting research on collection objects, metadata application, database work, or other duties.  The candidate should have strong organizational skills, ability to work independently, and an acute attention to detail.

Recommended areas of interest/skills:

  • Basic understanding of photography necessary
  • Experience working with Adobe creative suite a plus
Communications & Marketing

The Communications & Marketing intern will assist the Communications team with key projects including helping to produce Mint Museum publications, copy-edit marketing materials, generate content for Inspired magazine, and identify marketing opportunities for the museum. The ideal candidate will have a background in writing, copy-editing, public relations or marketing.

Desired qualifications include:

  • Experience with copy-writing and editing
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently
Digital Media & Web Management

This internship will report directly to the Digital Media Manager and will focus on building a strong skill set in both content strategy and web management using analytic software, website content management system, and search engine optimization strategies.

Recommended areas of interest/skills:

  • Interest in website management and optimization
  • Experience with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and Google Analytics Plus
  • Some understanding of HTML necessary

The Facilities intern assists in auditing existing conditions and special projects relating to buildings & grounds. The level of responsibility extended to the intern is based on individual skill levels. Those interested in an internship in this department must submit an application online.

Graphic Design

The Graphic Design intern assists in the development and production of publications and exhibition graphics. The level of responsibility extended to the intern is based on individual skill levels. Those interested in an internship in this department must submit an application online.

Information Technology

The Information Technology intern assists in auditing existing conditions, technology asset management and special projects relating to Information Technology. The level of responsibility extended to the intern is based on individual skill levels. Those interested in an internship in this department must submit an application online.

Learning & Engagement

Learning & Engagement interns assist Mint teachers with art class setup and clean up. Individuals also help maintain databases, conduct research on exhibitions and artists, and assist in the Lewis Family Gallery.


Undergraduate and graduate-level library internship opportunities are available. Intern projects may include introductory or advanced cataloging, creation of marketing materials, social media, digitization efforts, and the creation of web pages for the library’s online resource, Mintwiki. Internships for academic credit may be tailored to specific academic project goals.

Mass Communication/Photography

This internship will report directly to the Digital Media Specialist and will focus on building a strong skill set in mass communications through campaigns on social media channels and analytics. In addition, this internship will also build the student’s skill-set in both photography and video using the latest version of Adobe Creative Software to build an archival image/video database for the museum’s programming efforts.

Recommended areas of interest/skills:

  • Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite required
  • Portfolio required
  • Experience with Social Media campaigns
  • Well defined writing skills

 Focused Internship Roles

The Focused Internship Roles offer a $600 stipend and availability varies every semester.  Application link below.

Summer 2019 Focused Internship - Oral History Project Intern

The Oral History Project Intern assists the Archivist on the oral history of one subject (narrator), from research through the interview process to transcription.


  1. Research a narrator chosen by the Archivist.
  2. Identify topics and prepare questions for the oral history interview based upon the research and in collaboration with the Archivist.
  3. Prepare the forms to be used for the oral history interview, including release forms.
  4. Assist the Archivist in conducting the oral history interview. Can include scheduling the interview, asking interview questions, taking notes, assisting with the recording equipment, and preparing post-interview correspondence (thank you note).
  5. Transcribe interview using Trint software.


  1. Attention to detail.
  2. Good listening skills.
  3. Good writing skills.
  4. An inquisitive mind and enthusiasm for oral history.
  5. Experience with Microsoft Office.
  6. Experience conducting oral history preparation and interviews a plus.
  7. Experience working with Zoom recorders also a plus.
Apply Here
Summer 2019 Focused Internship - NexGen Summer Program Lead

The Mint Museum is piloting a new teen-led tour program during the special exhibition Never Abandon Imagination. Under the direction of the Head of School and Gallery Programs and the Public Programs Assistant, the NexGen Summer Program Lead will help lead a small group of selected teen tour guides and assist with collecting feedback from visitors and teens. Background check will be required.

List of duties:

  • The intern will attend tour training to understand Mint best practices and learn interpretive practices.
  • They will help supervise training of volunteer teens guides from the Mint’s NexGen program and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library’s Volunteen corps.
  • They will help collect feedback from tour participants and teen tour guides.
  • The intern will help to facilitate in-gallery experiences with summer-camp instructors.

List of necessary skills:

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Comfortable leading and training high-school age students, including giving constructive feedback.
  • Work well in team environment and be able to take initiative and make good decisions.
  • Work with a variety of people in different situations.
  • Good public-speaking skills.
  • Some academic background in communications, art history, museum studies, education, or a similar field.
  • Experience facilitating tours or gallery guide experience in cultural setting.
Apply Here
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