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Department of Photography: Photography Research Intern

Internship: Unpaid

A part-time, unpaid internship is available in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. Graduate students or individuals with equivalent experience with an interest and knowledge of photographs are encouraged to apply.

The goal of this internship is to expose the intern to a wide range of curatorial and museum work. Activities include research on objects within the Museum’s photography collection, prospective acquisitions, and exhibition development. The ideal candidate is organized, detail-oriented, and self-starting. Familiarity with museum collection databases, art handling, and research principles is desirable.

Background: The Photography Department holds over 3,000 works and includes pictures from the earliest days of the medium in the 1840s to its most recent developments. The collection is exceptionally strong in twentieth-century American photographs, particularly in the documentary style.

Duration of Internship: A commitment of 8–10 hours per week over the course of 12 weeks is requested; hours are relatively flexible between the hours of 10 a.m.– 5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Weekend and evening work cannot be accommodated. This is an unpaid position, but credit may be available through your academic program. Please speak with your academic advisor.

Application Deadlines

Winter internships: January 15
Summer internships: April 15
Fall internships: August 15

To apply, please send a cover letter with your availability and résumé with references to or mail Milwaukee Art Museum, Attn: Human Resources, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee 53202. Please put “Photography Research Intern” in the subject line of your email.