Provincetown Art Association and Museum

460 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

Date Posted:
January 14, 2020




Internships at Provincetown Art Association and Museum


General Outline

Interns will gain hands-on, working knowledge of the behind-the-scenes operations of a century-old New England museum, art association, and museum school, working both as a team member and independently on various projects. Attributes of qualifying interns include but are not limited to: flexibility to help staff with various operational tasks outside the specific scope of their internship position, museum programming and event support, the ability to follow instruction, to work independently, intelligently, responsibly, efficiently, and with sensitivity to handling artwork and the public at large. Excellent record keeping skills a must. Knowledge of Mac and PC platforms, Adobe InDesign, WordPress, and Constant Contact are helpful as well. Opportunities may be available in a variety of museum areas including: special events, visitor services, exhibition support, and promotion and marketing. Physical work is required of all interns. Great sense of humor is mandatory.

Education Internship

Museum School

Work directly with PAAM Curator of Adult Education Kiah Coble. Must have an interest in education and program development. Duties include but are not limited to: workshop support including class orientation and photo documentation, studio set up and breakdown, teaching artist assistance, broader research projects, and administrative duties. This position requires the ability to keep track of a rotating workshop schedule, independent and forward thinking, flexible hours, and a pleasant, welcoming demeanor.

Youth Education

Work directly with PAAM Curator of Youth Education Tessa Bry Taylor. Must have an interest in youth art education programming and development. Duties include but are not limited to: youth workshop support including class orientation and photo documentation, studio set up and breakdown, and teaching artist assistance; creation of gallery activities to accompany summer exhibitions; assistance in creation of updated family/youth museum activity guide, suitable for use in various exhibitions and seasons; assistance in creating a youth programming archival report, and administrative duties. This position requires strength in collaborative and independent work, some flexibilty in hours, adaptability, and willingness to present an open, culturally responsive mind when working with youth from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences.

Collections Internship

Work directly with PAAM Registrar Seth Abrahamson on day-to-day and long-term projects related to archives, collection, and exhibitions. Duties include but are not limited to: exhibition support (installation, documentation, creating exhibition specific collateral, et cetera), digitization of archives and collection, updating of existing databases, expansion of online collection access, responding to research inquiries, and more. This position requires the utmost attention to detail, ability to follow extremely specific instruction, a basic understanding of different media types, and the physical ability to safely handle heavy works of art and related objects.

These positions are open to undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates who majored or are majoring in art, art history, arts administration, museum studies, arts education, and similar fields. The summer internship program runs June through August during weekday office hours, with a weekly minimum commitment of 20 hours. Limited evening and weekend attendance is required. This is an unpaid position, but interns will be compensated with a one-year PAAM membership, letters of recommendation, and free admission to a Summer Program workshop of their choosing. We are happy to help satisfy documentation requirements for college credit if applicable, but we are unable to sponsor international students in the United States on a student visa.
How To Apply:
To apply to the summer internship program, please send a one page cover letter, your resumé, and two letters of recommendation to Please specify which department’s internship you are most interested in applying for. There is one open position for each internship; some duties may overlap. Positions filled on a rolling basis. 
Apply by:
March 10, 2020
Unpaid Internship
About this Organization:

The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), founded in 1914, is cultural institution combining revolving exhibitions in five museum galleries; a 3500+ permanent collection; a year-round museum school; and a members’ association, including over 600 artists. Located in the celebrated artists’ colony and historic fishing village at the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the 501 c3 non-profit is committed to innovative programs and education opportunities for under-served youth. For more information visit