If you are a student who is interested in gaining professional experience and enhancing your skills while learning and contributing to museum exhibitions, collection research, programs, and communications, a Palmer internship might be for you.

Academic Year Internships

Undergraduate internships at the Palmer Museum of Art are offered with the goal of providing educational and practical experience in a professional museum setting during Penn State’s fall and spring semesters.

A grad assistant prepping for an event at the Palmer

During the academic year, students work 8-10 hours per week and contribute to ongoing projects and department needs. Opportunities are available in museum education, communications, graphic design, digital projects, visitor services, collections management, and exhibition/gallery preparation. Recruitment takes place during February-March for the fall semester and October-November for the spring semester.


Spring 2023 internships are now open for applications. The deadline to apply is November 14.


Click here for full project descriptions, application instructions, and the link to apply.

Summer Internships

The Palmer Museum of Art offers paid internships during the summer semester for Penn State graduate and upper-level undergraduate students.

A graduate assistant leads student volunteers at the Palmer

Working closely with museum professionals, summer interns contribute to projects focused on research, interpretation, exhibition planning, project management, and collections care in addition to completing regular department assignments. Recruitment for summer positions takes place during February and March of each year.


Summer internships are funded by Silver Trout Curatorial Graduate Internship Program, the Annie Gooding Sykes Internship, and the Pincus Family Foundation Endowment for Student Education.


Full project descriptions and application instructions will be available during the next recruitment period.

For questions about internships, contact Brandi Breslin at