Skip to content Skip to footer

Barnes Foundation Internship Descriptions

Duties vary depending on department needs. Internships are not available in every area each semester.

Business Development

The Business Development department exists to market and manage special events in the public and private sectors, manage all food service in the building, manage costs related to events, and increase revenues across all platforms.

Interns may:

  • Cultivate past visitation and event lists to increase group sales reservations and event bookings.
  • Contribute to data collection processes and analytics.
  • Work with the Visitor Services team to improve group/event processes and systems.
  • Assist with bookings, confirmations, communication, and on-site arrivals.
  • Assist with outreach to previous and potential clients (marketing through IMB emails; cold emails and calls).
  • Assist with EMS input and confirmation of details with various departments.
  • Assist with daytime and evening events.

Collections and Exhibitions Research
The Collections and Exhibitions Research internships include work with the Curatorial or the Research and Interpretation departments. These teams are responsible for care, research, and interpretation of the art and artifacts in the collection and the development and coordination of exhibitions. Preference is given to applicants who are graduate students in art history and whose studies cover a period of art history represented in the collection.

Interns may:

  • Research one or two underexamined works of art and produce an “object white paper,” or scholarly report, for the internal curatorial files.
  • Work on the implementation of special exhibitions.
  • Present their ongoing research and give a final presentation of their findings at the internship’s conclusion.
  • Work with the Museum System (TMS), the Barnes’s collections management system.

Community, Youth, and Family Programs
The Community, Youth, and Family Programs team creates engagement initiatives and activities at the Barnes and in local communities.

Interns may:

  • Help plan and implement intergenerational outreach programs, including summer art camps, family workshops, and special initiatives.
  • Aid instruction and facilitation of community conversations through inquiry-based learning and art making.
  • Support special initiatives through research, evaluation, and documentation.

The Conservation Department encompasses all aspects of collections care, including preventive conservation, examination, documentation, treatment, and technical research. Internships in preventive conservation, paintings conservation, and objects conservation are available for undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students.

  • Undergraduate summer internship
    The eight- or ten-week summer internship is designed for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in art conservation or a related field. Duties depend on the applicant’s experience and skill. Applicants must have completed an introductory course in general chemistry.
  • Graduate/postgraduate internship
    Twelve-month research projects or eight-week summer internships for graduate students enrolled in an art conservation program or recent postgraduates with a degree in art conservation.

The Development Department is the primary fund-raising team for the Foundation. It comprises Annual Giving, Institutional Giving, Major Gifts, and Development Services.

Interns may:

  • Research prospective funders online and using in-house documents.
  • Create and update prospect and donor files.
  • Research fund-raising programs at peer organizations to measure best practices.
  • Help with development events.
  • Update database records.
  • Assist with departmental mailings and communication.

The Editorial/Publications Department is responsible for editing all of the Barnes’s print and digital publications, including exhibition materials, invitations, web pages, e-newsletters, posters, press releases, and program booklets.

Interns may:

  • Edit text for spelling, grammar, syntax, style, voice, and consistency.
  • Write or rewrite materials as needed.
  • Fact-check and research information.
  • Build web pages and perform photo research
  • Help create schedules and manage small projects.

The Education Department includes School Programs and Adult Education.

Interns may:

  • Research and develop curricula for various audiences.
  • Help with School Programs planning and execution.
  • Help develop lesson plans and materials for pre-K–12 education programs.
  • Research and update catalogue data for paintings and collect high-resolution images to illustrate programs.

The Finance Department is responsible for the Barnes’s accounting, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, grant reporting, tax reporting, and audit compliance.

Interns may:

  • Review and update purchase order lists.
  • Create spreadsheets.
  • Scan, copy, and file documents.
  • Research and answer vendor inquiries.

Graphic Design
The Graphic Design team is responsible for maintaining the graphic standards of the Barnes in print and online.

Interns may:

  • Lay out small print projects, including image selection and typographic layout.
  • Help graphic designers edit institutional projects.
  • Design new ads and update existing ads for digital and print production on a weekly basis.
  • Brainstorm and mock up branded digital postcards and associated collateral and pitch them, then redesign as needed.
  • Research similar institutions’ design strategies and inspirational visual design material that relates to Barnes’s branding and present to team.
  • Communicate with print vendors and learn to manage the printing process and negotiate estimates.
  • Accompany graphic designers on a press check to learn about the printing process at a mechanical/practical level.

Human Resources
The Human Resources Department is responsible for hiring and processing benefits for the Barnes’s employees and volunteers.

Interns may:

  • Help implement and maintain an integrated HRIS, payroll, and time/attendance system, including developing employee training programs.
  • Maintain employee files, documents, and paperwork.
  • Process clearance applications and documentation; track required clearances and compliance statuses for employees, volunteers, and contractors.
  • Help at new staff and volunteer orientations and other HR trainings; track training.
  • Help with job evaluation, including conducting survey matches, benchmarking jobs, helping with annual compensation survey, and working on internal evaluation plans.
  • Research issues related to compensation benchmarking.
  • Prepare materials for fiduciary oversight of retirement by the executive committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Research policies and best practices.
  • Draft employee communications.
  • Shadow and observe investigations and the resolution of employee relations issues.

Legal interns work with the Barnes’s general counsel to gain experience in the legal field. The internship is open to students who have completed their second year of law school. Some or all of the following courses are preferred: Corporations, Nonprofit Organizations, Tax, Copyright, and Art Law.

Interns may:

  • Conduct research on various topics in the areas of tax, nonprofit governance, and corporate intellectual property and/or employment law.
  • Review and draft contracts and institutional policies in various areas.

Marketing and Social Media
The Marketing and Social Media intern works closely with the director of marketing and the Communications Department to help implement marketing strategies, campaigns, and partnerships. Tasks include supporting media and community outreach efforts to meet mission and business based goals across the institution.

Interns may:

  • Generate, schedule, and track content for the Foundation’s main social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube).
  • Provide live social coverage during events.
  • Research new social media tools and platforms.
  • Contribute to community outreach or grassroots promotional efforts.

Public Programs
The Public Programs Department is responsible for managing public-facing events hosted at the Barnes, including live music, performances, and panel discussions.

Interns may:

  • Research Barnes history, performers, and themes.
  • Interview staff, performers, and partners as it relates to programs.
  • Blog, post, or otherwise help support information sharing about events.
  • Assist in supporting performances on event days.

Public Relations
The Public Relations Department is responsible for increasing national and international awareness of the Barnes collection, exhibitions, various educational programs, publications, and special projects. The department works with the news media, external partners, and all areas of the institution—including the Collections, Curatorial, Education, Editorial/Publications, Development, and Events Departments.

Interns may:

  • Help with press events and outreach.
  • Help draft press releases and other media materials.
  • Submit calendar listings for programs and exhibitions.
  • Help with grassroots outreach to drive program attendance.
  • Create press kits.
  • Scan, copy, and file documents.
  • Research media outlets and journalists for future outreach.
  • Compile media clips.

The Registration Department is responsible for the care and management of art and artifacts in the Barnes collection and on loan. This includes facilitating and tracking movement of collection objects and maintaining records for these objects. The department works closely with the Curatorial and Conservation teams to maintain best practices for the care of the collection. The registrar also works with lending institutions and organizes exhibition installation, deinstallation, and packing. Preference is given to graduate students.

Interns may:

  • Help inventory collection items in all Barnes locations.
  • Help plan special exhibitions.
  • Help manage records for collection and loan objects.
  • Enter data into the collections management database.

The Sales Department manages the Barnes Shop, whose income supports the operating and educational expenses of the Barnes. The Shop highlights reproductions of artwork from the collection, publications, and gifts related to the collection. Sales operate at the on-site location as well as online through a web store, Amazon, and through wholesale to other stores.

Interns may:

  • Help build, update, and maintain e-commerce product listings.
  • Produce web-ready images using Photoshop.
  • Write informative product descriptions and improve existing descriptions.
  • Learn buying and merchandising practices.

Candidates must have intermediate experience with Photoshop and independent access to the program.