Academic Year Paid Internship Application



Student interns participate in an intensive training the week before classes begin in the Fall and assist with daily operations of The Gallery such as working exhibition openings, organizing museum materials, and participating in promotional activities.  Students may apply for more than one position.

Applicants for paid internship positions must have already completed one year at Dickinson.  Student Intern positions are eligible for the Internship Notation Program (INP).  See your Academic Advisory to determine if a Trout Gallery experience meets your department's internship requirements.

Applications will be available February 1 for positions beginning the following Fall.

CURRENT APPLICATION  due March 4, 2024


Working closely with the Director of The Trout Gallery, Curatorial Interns will learn about different aspects of curating and organizing exhibitions. Interns investigate works of art to assess upcoming and potential exhibitions, as well as research and write catalog entries, didactic texts and wall labels. Their work supports curatorial and administrative activities, including the evaluation of potential art acquisitions and the analysis of current collections. Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, be detail-oriented and self-motivated as well as have an interest in the history of art and culture.

4-6 hrs/week on average. Hours may vary depending on nature and scope of independent projects. One intern needed per semester with option to renew for second semester.



Museum Education Interns receive intensive training in object-based learning and principles of museum education.  They research, write, and teach lesson plans for middle school students and elementary age students participating in Gallery programs taught weekly onsite and in the local schools. In addition, interns learn current exhibition content, develop, and lead discussion-based tours for visiting audiences of all ages.  Experience working with children and public speaking is desirable.  Interns should be comfortable working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment responsive to evolving community needs.  Availability one weekday (Tues-Thurs) between 3 and 5 is desirable. No previous art experience necessary.

6-10 hrs/week. One year commitment preferred. Eight Interns needed per semester.



Assists the Collections Manager with preparing and installing exhibitions, supporting object study programs, and cataloging the collections. Previous experience with art installation, construction or painting is desirable.  Training week in the Fall suggested, but not required.

4-6 hrs/week on average. Schedule changes based on museum installation schedule. One- year commitment required. One intern needed per year.



Assists the Gallery Administrator with communications and event planning.  Examples include: marketing, graphic design, social media, web-blasts, mailing lists, print materials, website management, gallery openings, and sponsored lectures.  Excellent written and verbal communications skills as well as familiarity with social media platforms and Excel is necessary.  Must be able to learn web-based marketing applications and database management systems.  Previous experience with graphic design software, public speaking, or social media marketing is desirable.

4-6 hrs/week. One year commitment preferred. One intern needed per year.



Positions available for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Arabic and Japanese speakers. Language Interns are trained in museum exhibition content, principles of second language acquisition and lesson planning.  They teach college classes using objects on view in current exhibitions or from the permanent collection. Lessons are collaboratively written and edited by Language Interns, relevant faculty and Trout Gallery staff.  Spanish language interns teach approximately 10 classes per semester and other language interns teach approximately 2 classes per semester.

Hours vary weekly by language. For Spanish, approximately 4-6 hrs/week during four planning weeks and 1-2 hrs/week the rest of the semester. 


For more information, contact Heather Flaherty, Curator of Education at