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AAMD Intern

Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street
Cincinnati OH 45202

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Compensation: $6720 stipend
Posted Date: 03/05/2024
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AAMD Intern

Job Description

The Taft Museum of Art is committed to encouraging undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue art museum careers. Thanks to a generous grant from the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), 2024 Taft will host an intern to provide work and career development opportunities in the Curatorial and Collections field.

The Taft’s Sallie Robinson Wadsworth, Director of Curatorial Affairs, will act as the intern’s supervisor and mentor, directing the intern’s activities and providing overall counsel on their professional development. Like AAMD, Taft aims to foster a more inclusive, creative, and representative future art museum profession.

Taft and AAMD recognize that the financial resources available to some students may limit access to career development. For that reason, this internship is paid to make it more equitable.
Enjoy this rare internship opportunity in one of the finest small art museums in the United States.


Job Responsibilities

  • Provides critical research support for the Robert S. Duncanson exhibition.
  • Finds and organizes written sources on the artist dating from his rise to fame in the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, accessing both digitized and undigitized sources available in the Cincinnati area.
  • Works collaboratively with the Curatorial & Collections Team.
  • Participates with the Director of Curatorial Affairs in regular one-on-one meetings to check progress, seek feedback, answer questions, and review accessed resources to ensure a complete survey is conducted.
  • Conducts a final presentation of the research to the Duncanson exhibition team, communicating any remaining questions through this debriefing and a written report detailing which resources have been surveyed and which remain to be investigated.
  • Assists with administrative tasks as needed and performs other duties as assigned.




  • Must be eligible for and receive permission through their college or university for an internship in Curatorial & Collections.
  • Must be enrolled as a half-time (minimum) or full-time student in an accredited college or university, studying art history or a related field.
  • Must identify with an underrepresented background in the art museum field.
  • Must be available to work 15-35 hours per week. Scheduling flexibility is available within 9 a.m.-5 p.m. shifts, Mondays-Fridays.
  • Must speak English and be an effective verbal and written communicator.
  • Capacity to work in a fast-paced, multitasked environment, deal with changing priorities and work well under pressure.
  • Able to pass a background check, including criminal records check and credit check.
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Must provide own transportation.


  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Organized, meticulous, and possess exceptional research and writing skills.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) and the ability to learn new software and handle pre-digital formats such as microfiche and microfilm.
  • Familiarity with online platforms such as Zoom, Vimeo, and Microsoft Teams.


Compensation & Benefits

  • $6720 stipend for the internship, equivalent to an hourly rate of $16.
  • Opportunity to attend professional development workshops or conferences, free downtown parking, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), museum membership, and other exclusive discounts.


AAMD Internship Guidelines

  • Interns must be in their undergraduate, sophomore, junior, or senior year.
  • Interns must identify with an underrepresented background in the art museum field.
  • Interns must complete 420 work hours by the end of the 2024 calendar year. Interns may work full-time (35 hours per week) or part-time (15-20 hours per week), Monday-Friday. *Items in parathesis are Taft requirements.
  • A member of the institution’s senior leadership team, Taft’s Sallie Robinson Wadsworth’s Director of Curatorial Affairs, must serve as the intern’s point of contact and mentor.
  • Each intern must work on a defined project and other departmental activities to see a culmination of their work at the end of the internship.
  • Each intern may attend a professional development opportunity of his/her/their choice.
  • Each institution must submit a written report at the end of the internship assessing the program, the goals, and the outcomes and offering a performance review of the intern.
  • The intern must submit a written report summarizing the activities and results of the internship.


Application Process

Please submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample through our online portal at taftmuseum.org/Careers. Our team will review your information and get back to you with the next steps. If you have questions, please email Human Resources at [email protected]. No phone calls, please.


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