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🚀 Internship

• Starts Sep 2

McDermott Intern for Contemporary Art

🚀 Off-cycle Internship


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  • The ideal candidate for the McDermott Intern for Contemporary Art position at Dallas Museum of Art must have an undergraduate degree in art history or a related field, fluency in Japanese, Portuguese, or Spanish, knowledge and interest in Asian, Latin American, and/or U.S. Postwar and Contemporary art history, demonstrated research and writing skills, and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • The McDermott Intern for Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art will be responsible for supporting research, planning, and implementation tasks related to the museum's collection and exhibitions of Contemporary art. This includes conducting research, drafting texts, attending meetings, and supporting other curatorial tasks under the supervision of the curator. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn art historical research skills, gain experience working in a museum setting, develop writing skills, and build professional relationships within the Dallas arts community.

Off-cycle Internship

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  • The intern will research Contemporary Art subjects, assisting with exhibition preparation, acquisition proposals, and collection management, with an eye towards our strengths in postwar art of East Asia, the Americas, and the African diaspora, the work of emerging artists and time-based media. The intern will draft didactic texts for use in gallery and online, and compile documentation on works in the Museum’s permanent collection. The intern will support curatorial projects by attending interdepartmental meetings and working collaboratively with staff across the Museum as needed. Intern projects could include research assistance for upcoming exhibitions that touch on the department's specializations in postwar Japanese, Latin American and US art, depending on the intern’s interests.


  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in art history or related field prior to the start of the internship
  • Fluency in Japanese, Portuguese, or Spanish highly desired
  • Knowledge and interest in Asian, Latin American, and/or U.S. Postwar and Contemporary art history
  • Key Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team

Education requirements

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Area of Responsibilities

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  • Support ongoing research and documentation of the Dallas Museum of Art’s collection of Contemporary art
  • Support initial planning stages of the future permanent collection gallery installation for the new building project
  • Conduct primary and secondary source research utilizing a multitude of resources, including object files and the Museum's Mayer Library
  • Support the implementation and development of upcoming exhibitions of Contemporary art
  • Draft didactic texts which may be used in the galleries and/or online
  • Attend regular one-on-one, departmental, and interdepartmental team meetings as needed
  • Support other curatorial tasks under the supervision of the curator as needed
  • Internship Goals:
  • Learn art historical object-based research skills, including the use of TMS collections management software
  • Gain experience working as part of a team and under a deadline
  • Gain experience with writing in a museum context, including exhibition didactic texts, labels, and/or acquisition proposals
  • Build familiarity with the Dallas arts community through visits to galleries, area museums, local fairs, and artist studios
  • Understand the museum exhibitions process
  • Ascertain professional goals and interests through the support of mentorship
  • Develop professional communication and interpersonal skills through collaboration with Museum colleagues
  • Understand the roles and functions of different staff within the Museum as well as the relationship between the departments and how they all function together to comprise the organization


Work type

Full time

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Start date

Sep 2, 2024

Application deadline

Mar 18, 2024