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Internships & Fellowships

  • Summer Interns 2016

The Ringling is dedicated to sharing its resources and experience with future museum and non-profit organization professionals interested in a career in the museum field. The internship program introduces graduate students to the intricacies of a major museum complex.  It provides insight into museum careers through practical work experience not available in most academic settings.  Interns participate in daily operations of specific museum departments and have the opportunity to attend museum tours with curators, board meetings, lectures, exhibition openings, and departmental orientations. Two types of internships are offered, a summer internship (Paid) and an academic year internship (Unpaid). 

Summer Internships

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, will be offering a limited number of paid internships for ten weeks every Summer. Summer internships combine practical, hands-on experience working on a project for a specific department with exposure to all aspects of the Ringling’s operations.

View 2020 Positions     Summer 2020 Application


Academic Internships

Academic internships are available all year long. They are unpaid and generally last for one academic semester. A variety of opportunities are available. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.

Current Opportunities

Department: Historic Asolo Theater
June 1 – August 9
Application Deadline:  February 15, 2020

Education Requirements:  Minimum of two years technical theater experience and currently enrolled in final year or have recently completed an undergraduate degree in Technical Theater/Stage Management.

Responsibilities:  The Technical Production Intern will work closely with the Technical Director in pre-load-in preparation, load-in, and technical/dress rehearsals for the Historic Asolo's summer circus production. The interns will also work with the performers once the show is in performance to maintain production integrity and smooth day-to-day operations including the run of the show. The performance schedule is two shows a day, Tuesday thru Saturday.  Each performance lasts approximately one hour.

Special Qualifications:  Availability to work a flexible schedule including weekends.  

Department: Archives
Academic Year
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis

Education Requirements: Graduate studies in history, cultural studies, or related field with an interest in archives or history museums

Responsibilities: Participate in the activities of the department; work on digitization projects; catalogue, edit, and enter data in The Museum System (TMS) collections management database; assist with reference requests and other duties as required

Special Qualifications/Experience: Knowledge of digital photography preferred

View Academic Internship  FAQ

Academic Internship Application 

Please note: Completed applications can be mailed or e-mailed (as a .pdf) to: internships@ringling.org or mail to: Debi Schalch,  The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243


Fellowships

The Fellowship Program is designed to help recent recipients of a master’s or doctoral degree in the arts, arts administration or museum studies prepare for a career in museum management and administration, museum education and curatorship.

Applicants must be able to work independently and as a team member.  We seek individuals who are upbeat, imaginative and willing to participate in many areas of museum operation. Students nearing completion of a master’s or doctoral degree and who meet these requirements are encouraged to apply.

Each year Fellowship departments and projects change. For more information on this coming year’s department and the specific requirements of the position, contact Ringling Human Resources at employment@ringling.org

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