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2023 Summer: Adult Programs Intern

Job Details

Crystal Bridges - Bentonville, AR
Summer Internship

Position Summary:


The Adult Programs internship with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is designed to provide an overview of the skills and responsibilities required to develop educational programs and activities to enhance museum engagement for an adult audience.


To provide the intern with both real world education and experience as well as applicable hands on capabilities, a primary responsibility for this summer position is learning to perform the duties necessary to support adult programs including-- performances, concerts, films, lectures, gallery programs, nature programs, studio art classes, and museum wide events and parties. Program tasks include art education research, registration, materials preparation, guest service, event production, and program facilitation.


This is a part-time summer internship, approximately 20 hours per week based upon intern availability. There is some flexibility in scheduling, though a priority for the position is availability to experience and support events on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and evenings, every Saturday evening, and some Sundays.


Areas of Support:

The Adult Programs Intern will learn required elements of creating, producing, implementing, and supporting various programs. The following areas of support in the Public Programs Department will be specifically targeted:


  • Program facilitation
  • Content development
  • Administrative tasks as assigned


Internship Expectations

  • Assist with adult public program facilitation, including film screenings, music concerts, lectures, artist talks, nature programs, and art classes
  • Art class material preparation and inventory
  • Liaison with guest speakers and instructors
  • Perform administrative tasks as needed
  • Work with the public in a positive and professional manner


In addition, the Intern will have the opportunity to research, plan and create new content for adult audiences, based on the intern’s interest and skills. Possibilities include:

  • Development of program content, and research for future programs
  • Review of website/social media marketing content and descriptions for accuracy and impact


Minimum Qualifications:

  • College student, sophomore or above
  • Experience in art, art education or museum work, or marketing/event production is preferred.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend hours.
  • Must maintain confidentiality of information as required.


Summer Cohort: June 5th-July 28th

  • 8 weeks long
  • Up to 40 hours a week
  • Weekly schedule to be arranged with supervisor
  • Typically evening hours and weekends for events



  • Intern position closing on April 14th.
  • Intern position selected by April 28th.
  • Start date Monday: June 5, 2023
  • End date Friday, July 28, 2023


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    • Physical demands: In the work environment described below, position requires work at a desk and utilizing a computer and a telephone for prolonged periods of time and good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for filing, and physical stamina to lift a minimum of 25 pounds to a height of at least three feet for file and materials storage as appropriate for the demands of the office. Visual acuity to review written materials is required for this job.


    • Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, and museum spaces. The noise level in the Museum work environment is usually low to moderate.


    • If the intern’s personal equipment is used, the Museum accepts no liability for any damage caused to said equipment while being used for Museum purposes, nor loss or corruption of electronic files on device.