Fralin Internships

About The Fralin

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia is dedicated to creating an environment in which the largest possible share of its diverse constituencies, including members of the University community and the general public, can study and learn from the direct experience of works of art. The Fralin exhibits American and European painting, works on paper, and sculpture of the 15th-20th centuries; art from the ancient Mediterranean; Asian art; and Native American art. The museum’s robust collections of Native American, African, pre-Columbian, and Oceanic art often receive less attention. With support from the Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative, The Fralin seeks to encourage more research and exhibition of these collections.

Summer 2021 Internships

The Fralin offers summer internships for students from underrepresented backgrounds OR students interested in working with Indigenous art in the museum's collections

Under the close supervision of museum staff, interns will be assigned tasks and projects depending on the needs of the institution, but with consideration for a rigorous and varied training in standard museum practices. The internship coordinator will place successful applicants in one of the museum’s departments based on the applicant’s experience and interests. 

In the summer of 2021, The Fralin will offer two Studio Assistant internships for Studio majors from underrepresented backgrounds, working with the education department to support a summer studio intensive for historically underserved teens.

All positions require 30 hrs/week for 10 weeks (or 300 total hours over the summer). Interns will receive a stipend of $3500 to offset the cost of living during the internship period.

For more information about these internships, contact Catherine Walden,

ELIGIBILITY Applications are open to rising 2nd, 3rd, and 4thyear UVA students from all fields of study (spring 2021 graduates are ineligible). Applicants must meet the criteria for one of the following internship categories:

  • MUSEUM DIVERSITY - supports students from backgrounds traditionally under-represented in museum-related fields. This internship is open to students who identify as African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.
  • INDIGENOUS ARTS - supports students with a demonstrated interest in Indigenous Arts, such as previous coursework, research, involvement with cultural organizations, or personal interest. Interns will work on projects with a primary focus on Indigenous art in The Fralin’s collections. 

HOW TO APPLY Download application form. Send completed application and supporting documents (statement of interest, a current résumé, and your unofficial transcript) to Catherine Walden, cew9f@virginia.eduDeadline is extended to May 7, 2021.