Sowell Intern – Museum Interpretation Intern

Cincinnati Art Museum
September 1, 2023
Cincinnati, OH
Job Type


Donald P. Sowell Endowment Committee Museum Interpretation Intern
The Cincinnati Art Museum is offering a paid part-time Museum Interpretation Internship for a select African American undergraduate (or recent graduate) from the Cincinnati region, who will have completed at least their sophomore year by the fall of 2023. Working closely with the Curator of American Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings and the Learning & Interpretation staff, the intern will learn about many facets of exhibition implementation and assist in making content about African American art accessible to visitors of various abilities. This internship, sponsored by the museum's Donald P. Sowell Endowment Committee, provides opportunities for the exploration of museum careers.

The internship will begin in October and run for a maximum of 24 weeks (depending on the availability of the successful applicant), scheduled at 20 hours per week. For the greatest experience, the intern should work at least through the exhibition opening in early March 2024.


Reporting to the Curator of American Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings and the Director of Learning & Interpretation, the intern will engage with, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Working with the Learning & Interpretation and Curatorial divisions on the creation and implementation of digital content for the museum's website, social media and the Bloomberg Connect application. This will include amongst other items:
    • Writing and recording verbal descriptions of art objects in temporary exhibitions and the collection.
    • Creating video content for the CAM Look online program.
    • Researching and implementing new online content.
  • Assisting with various activities related to exhibition implementation and programming.
  • Embracing opportunities to work on projects geared toward the intern's interests and goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • African American students (or recent graduates) who will have completed at least their sophomore year prior to the start of the internship.
  • Students must claim the Greater Cincinnati region as a permanent residence (60 miles radius of the Art Museum).
  • Intern must have an enthusiasm for the arts, learning, and research, and have strong writing abilities. Students do not have to be Art History or Fine Arts majors or be committed to a museum career.
  • Intern must have good interpersonal skills, be flexible, and be able to collaborate and work in a team.
  • Intern should have familiarity with Microsoft Word and a facility with learning how to use new computer applications and databases.


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