Undergraduate internships at the Palmer Museum of Art are offered with the goal of providing educational experience in a professional museum setting. Interns gain practical experience by working with museum professionals on projects and programs. At the same time, the museum benefits from research and contributions made by interns.

Internships require a committment 8-10 hours per week for both the fall and spring semesters. Exact work schedules can be flexible to accommodate class needs and will be set with supervisors at the beginning of each semester.

Undergraduate interns may work with the Palmer in one of three methods:

  • Qualify for hourly wages through Community Service Federal Work Study (CSFWS). To see if you would qualify for this funding, visit the Penn State CSFWS page at
  • Course credit via internship – check with your academic advisor to see if your department allows credit for internships
  • Volunteer – if you are not eligible for CSFWS or credit but still want to gain experience, you may work with us a volunteer intern

Application requirements:

Information about internships for Spring 2021 semester will be posted soon. Please check back for more information.  


The Palmer Museum of Art seeks Penn State student volunteers to work with us to present programs that encourage visitors to explore world-class art and exhibitions. Palmer Student Ambassadors (PSAs) will interact with the public, inspire close-looking with original works of art, assist in creating gallery activities, and host public programs designed for Penn State students and community members. During the fall 2020 semester, PSAs will work remotely to assist with the development and delivery of virtual/online programs.

Previous art experience is not required, and students from all academic areas of Penn State are encouraged to participate. Interested students must be comfortable with public interaction and must be able and willing to make an academic year (fall and spring semesters) commitment of 2–4 hours per week.

Weekly meetings will be scheduled to provide training and discuss program development. Other time devoted to the program may take place through independent work or volunteer shift sign-up.

For more information, email the program coordinator, Keri Mongelluzzo, at