The Carle offers both paid and unpaid internships for undergraduate or graduate-level students, and recent college graduates interested in Museum Studies, the Arts, and Education. Internships are available across multiple departments, including the Art Studio, Curatorial, Development & Marketing, and Administration.
Work hours are flexible to accommodate class schedules but some evening or weekend work may be required for special events. Spring and Fall interns must complete a minimum of 120 total hours of service, with a required weekly commitment of at least 8 hours during the internship session. Unpaid Summer interns must complete a minimum of 175 total hours of service, with a required weekly commitment of 20-25 hours during the internship session. Unpaid J-Term interns require a weekly commitment of 20 hours including one, possibly two weekend days. Students who wish to receive academic credit for their internship must make their own arrangements with their college or university.
Interns are responsible for their own housing, meals, and travel expenses. For out-of-state finalists applying for our Summer internships, we recommend looking for “sublet” or “home/apartment share” listings in Amherst or Northampton at www.westernmass.craigslist.com. There is a free local PVTA bus line which stops next to the Museum and runs on a limited summer and winter break schedule. For more information and complete schedule please visit www.pvta.com. Financial assistance and alumni housing may be available through your academic institution or an alternative source. Please contact your academic institution for more information.
Applications must be postmarked or submitted electronically on the deadline date (if the deadline falls on a Sunday or holiday, materials must be postmarked on the next business day).
Summer - February 15
Summer - April 1
Fall semester - August 1
J-Term - November 10
Spring semester - November 10
To apply, please send the following materials:
- Completed Internship Application (pdf)
- Cover letter explaining your career goals, your interest in the program, what you hope to gain, and what you can contribute
- Résumé or curriculum vitae
- Letter of recommendation (academic or professional, signed on letterhead)
Paid internship applicants must also submit:
- Official academic transcript
- Second letter of recommendation (academic or professional, signed on letterhead)
Please submit all materials to:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Or electronically to HR@carlemuseum.org
If sending in application materials electronically, recommendations and transcripts may be mailed in separately but must be postmarked by the deadline. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted. All complete application packets will be reviewed after the application deadline for each session. After an initial review of applications, select applicants will be invited for an interview either by phone/skype or at the Museum.
Art Studio Internship
Unpaid Interns accepted for Fall, J-Term, Spring and Summer
The Art Studio is open to guests of all ages during regular museum hours and supports the mission of the Museum through its Every Day Art and Guided Art Programs that encourage making, appreciating, and thinking about art. All of these activities support the National and Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Frameworks for art education K-12. Interns in the Art Studio interact with families and professionals daily, participate in museum-wide events, expand their knowledge about museum and art education, design special projects for museum guests, and contribute ideas to our daily programming and blog, Making Art with Children. Daily duties include orienting the guests to the Art Studio space and materials; assisting in the preparation of materials; research and evaluation; and initiating maintenance and clean-up of the Studio. Ideal candidates are outgoing; highly organized; energetic self-starters; pick up new techniques quickly; and have a demonstrated interest in art, education, or museum studies. Experience with photography and Photoshop is a plus. Undergraduates and recent graduates are welcome to apply.
For more information, visit The Art Studio's Blog, Making Art with Children.
Collections and Exhibitions Internship
Unpaid Interns accepted for Summer
During the course of the summer, the Collections and Exhibitions Department inventories and reviews the Museum’s extensive permanent collection which includes over 5,000 pieces of art by Eric Carle on long-term loan to the museum, as well as over 6,000 works by various picture book illustrators. Interns, under the supervision of the Collection’s Manager & Registrar, will work with the collections team to assist in performing a thorough inventory of the collection, ensuring that it is accurately and efficiently organized; and reviewing, consolidating, and updating the database as needed. You will be trained in how to handle art and will learn standard museum practices in collections stewardship. The interns may also provide Registrarial support for exhibitions. This internship requires detail-oriented and organized individuals; excellent computer and record keeping skills; and a working knowledge of MS Office programs. Prior coursework or experience with collection management and databases is a plus.
Development and Marketing Internship
Unpaid Interns accepted for Fall, J-Term, Spring and Summer
The Development and Marketing department supports the aims of the Museum by raising funds and spreading the Museum’s message of art appreciation and early literacy. Intern responsibilities include preparation of promotional materials and press mailings, tracking of membership and donor attendance and giving, and help with on-site and off-site meetings and promotional events. Ideal candidates will have experience in an office or business environment, be highly organized and articulate, able to multi-task in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment, and be proficient in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Trinkett Clark Internship
Paid Summer Internship
Founded to honor the life, work, and vibrant spirit of Trinkett Clark, a woman devoted to the celebration of art and beauty in all its forms, this internship provides a unique opportunity for third- and fourth-year college and graduate-level students interested in pursuing careers in the arts and/or museums to gain practical experience within a nationally-renowned museum dedicated to the art of the picture book.
The intern will spend eight weeks of the summer focused on Collections and Education Department-specific initiatives developed in direct consultation with the Chief Curator and the Director of Education. The primary project outcome of the internship is the organization of a thematic exhibition in the museum’s Reading Library. In addition, the Trinkett Clark Intern will support the Education Department in the Reading Library and Art Studio, working directly with museum visitors, as well as assist with special events and administrative duties as needed.
The internship, which includes the month of July, runs eight weeks beginning with a mutually determined start date and requires a four-day-a-week commitment including one weekend day. Demonstrated strong research and writing skills are required. Experience in design software, and working with children and the public, a plus. The stipend for this program is $2,640.
Alix Zacharias Internships
Paid Summer Internships
As a former intern at the Museum, Alix Zacharias felt the hands-on experience and mentoring she received at The Carle helped her redefine her career goals. She created this internship program to provide a unique opportunity for third and fourth year college students, graduate students, and recent college graduates who are interested in Museum leadership, business administration, or non-profit development. The Museum offers two Alix Zacharias internships – one focused on Museum Administration & Leadership and one focused on Development & Marketing.
The Museum Administration & Leadership Intern will work closely with the Executive Director and the Special Assistant to the Executive Director, focusing on various museum management and grant proposal efforts as well as a specific research project developed in direct consultation with the Executive Director.
The Development Intern will work closely with the Development & Marketing team focusing on various fundraising and marketing efforts, as well as a specific research project on fundraising trends in museums developed in consultation with the Director of Development.
Each internship will culminate with a final report and a presentation to the Museum staff. In addition, the intern will participate in managers’ and all-staff meetings, assist with summer public events, and gain a broad understanding of how the various museum departments function within the context of the organization as a whole.
The internships, which include the month of July, run eight weeks beginning with a mutually determined start date and require a four-day-a-week commitment, including occasional weekend days. Demonstrated strong research and writing skills are required. Experience with databases and working with children and the public a plus. The stipend for this program is $2,640.