The University Museums Internship Class (undergraduate): ARTH 4951/4952

The University Museums Internship is a two-semester sequence of two three-credit courses. Students will do internships (lasting for an academic year) at either The Fralin Museum of Art or the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  As interns, students will work approximately 100 hours each semester (7-8 hours per week) in the museum, under the close supervision of museum professionals, and will participate in three training sessions and three academic seminars per semester. The class will also curate their own exhibition. Cross listed with Art History and GDS. Enrollment by application (due May 1): email to Jordan Love a resume, transcript, and a one-page essay/cover letter explaining why you want to take the class, what museum work interests you, and what museum experience you have (if any).

Graduate Student Fellowship

The Barringer-Lindner Curatorial Fellowship is open to graduate students in the joint Art and Architectural History Graduate Program at UVA. This year-long fellowship allows for the curating of a spring exhibition to be held at The Fralin Museum of Art. The fellow will be nominated by the Art and Architectural History graduate committee, and final selection will be made by The Fralin in April. Interested students should contact the Director of Graduate Studies or email Laura Mellusi, Art General Administrative Supervisor.

UVA Art Department Summer Internship @ The Fralin

The Fralin/UVA Art Department Education internship is intended to support and develop a student’s interest in research and writing for art museum audiences. The intern will conduct original research on objects currently on view at the museum. In addition, the intern will collaboratively develop digital resources for K-12 school and teacher audiences and support summer education programs, including teacher professional development and high school workshops. We’re looking for students with strong research and editing skills and an interest in writing and programming for non-academic audiences.


Interns will:

  • Conduct art historical research on the Writer’s Eye objects (and additional objects as necessary)
  • Write research documents for internal use
  • Draft and finalize Writer’s Eye spotlight talk scripts
  • Incorporate staff/curatorial edits on materials produced
  • Participate in training and research orientation
  • Observe and support summer programs
  • Attend an in-person meet and greet hosted by the UVA Department of Art on May 3
  • Attend weekly check-in meetings with Fralin Education staff
  • Develop a 5-minute final internship presentation to be presented to select Art Department faculty and staff in late July
  • Complete a short survey created by the Department of Art
  • Submit a photograph and caption to be posted on the Department of Art’s Instagram account


A competitive applicant must:

  • Be a rising 2nd, 3rd, 4th Year Studio or Art History declared undergraduate Major at UVA.
  • Have strong research, writing, and teaching skills
  • Be reliable, organized, and communicative
  • Be committed to developing accessible and inclusive content for a diverse audience
  • Be available to work a total of 240 hours during the summer (exact schedule TBD)

Application Process

Applicants will submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for two references (at least one from a UVA faculty member) by March 22nd. In the cover letter, applicants should state their reasons for applying and their goals for the position as well as a statement on their commitment to DEAI work. Please include relevant research and writing experience. Applications should be submitted by email to [email protected]. Applicants will be notified of decisions by April 19. The selected intern will receive a stipend of $3,000.