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Summer Internships

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, will be offering paid internships for eight weeks from June 6 – July 29 2022. The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and a part of Florida State University. It consists of art and circus museums, as well as a historic mansion and theater, all on a 66-acre site overlooking Sarasota Bay.

Summer internships combine practical, hands-on experience working on a project for a specific department with exposure to all aspects of The Ringling’s operation. The deadline for applications is April 4, 2022. Please view the job posting for details including the required qualifications and salary information. View the Job Posting

How to Apply: The following application items must be submitted to [email protected] by April 4th, 2022, to be considered for the 2022 Summer Internship.

• Cover letter
• Resume
    • Include relevant course work, computer skills, and language skills.
• Unofficial transcripts
• 3 letters of recommendation due by the April 4th deadline
    • Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the person providing the recommendation using link: 


2022 Intern Positions

Department: Archives

The Ringling Archives’ mission is to maintain and further develop a regionally important archival collection of institutional records and materials that document the history of the Museum, the Ringlings, the Circus Arts, Wild West shows and allied arts.  The intern will be assigned with placing newspapers in folders and listing the associated metadata on the folder.  The newspapers can be seen at:

Project Goals:

  • Housing an historic newspaper collection.


Department: Conservation

Under the supervision of the Chief Conservator and the Conservator of Sculpture & Decorative Arts, the Intern will participate in a range of painting and object conservation activities, including detailed examination, preparation of condition reports, photographic documentation, analysis using an Osiris Infrared Reflectography camera, as well as conservation treatment of the permanent collections. Participation in exhibition- and loan-related activity is anticipated, as is assistance with preventive conservation tasks and other duties as required. Consultation with other members of the Collections team, curators, and other museum professionals is regarded as an essential component of the internship.

Project Goals:

  • Introduction to ArchivesSpace.
  • Processing an analog archival collection Experience applying the principles, processes, and practices involved in the preservation and treatment of a variety of art objects.
  • Experience preparing detailed written reports.
  • Experience using photography to document object condition and treatment.
  • Experience completing conservation procedures under supervision.


Department: Collections

This opportunity will serve to provide a broad overview of the collections management field. Experiences will include object handling training, introduction to records management and cataloging standards, and participation in the project execution of museum exhibitions. Additional efforts will be made for interaction with a variety of Collections staff members, tours through current projects at The Ringling Museum, as well as chances to view portions of the collection in a behind-the-scenes capacity.

Project Goals:

  • Develop an understanding of basic art handling skills for a variety of objects
  • Learn the standards of object documentation, cataloging, and storage
  • Develop an understanding for data entry, records management, and Collection Management Systems
  • Assist in the preparation of artwork for outgoing loan, including handling, packing, and transportation
  • Develop an understanding for the basics of framing and matting works on paper for display
  • Develop an understanding for the scope of work for exhibition project execution, including assisting in installations, preparing labels and graphics for installation, and the general needs of project planning
  • Gain a stronger understanding of the roles and responsibilities of museum collections staff.

Department: Education

The Ringling is proud to provide educational programming for learners of all ages. Whether guests are here for a lecture, artist talk, school visit, or are visiting as a family, The Ringling has a wide range of educational opportunities to engage, instruct, and inspire.

Project Goals:

  • Develop and implement public programming for ROAR! (Early literacy and art making).
  • Develop and implement public stroller tours focused on the interaction between caregivers, their toddlers, and the collection.
  • Implement public programming for a multi-generational family audience focused on collaborative art making and the museum’s collection.
  • Develop skills to engage a variety of audiences with the museum’s collection and history.
  • Learn and practice gallery teaching.
  • Help implement outreach programs as needed.
  • Learn the duties and responsibilities of various museum staff, with an emphasis on Education.


Department: Library

Help implement one major digitization project, as follows: The Ringling Museum has published a members’ newsletter since 1964. Some of these newsletters are digitized, others are waiting to be digitized and OCR’d (optical character recognition), specifically: approximately 135 digitized, approximately 60 awaiting digitization. Ultimately, the Library would like to provide access to these publications on Florida State University’s public access catalog, DigiNole.

Project Goals:

  • Checking to make sure the digitized newsletters are of high quality and OCR’d; those that are not, will need to be re-digitized;
  • Digitize remaining newsletters;
  • Create a MODS metadata spreadsheet based on FSU DigiNole Metadata Guidelines for the newsletters, a necessary step before ingestion into the system;
  • If time remains, the intern might be able to start ingestion of the images into DigiNole, Florida State University’s digital asset management system.


Department: Performance

Performance Arts Management. Focused on technical theater arts, but has elements of arts administration, program design and performing arts production. The intern will study with dedicated theatre arts professionals in a hands-on learning environment at the Ringling’s Historic Asolo Theatre during its summer season. The intern will be introduced to theatre arts management skills studying under the Production Manager of the Historic Asolo Theater and be involved in sound, lighting, video, set, basic rigging, props and stage management and planning.  

Project Goals:

  • Assist the theater's Production Manager with the coordination of operations and performances.
  • Assist Performance team with ongoing administrative needs, which will expose intern to a variety of aspects of arts management.  
  • Assist with organizing technical and production equipment and programming needs for the performance season, including organizing technical requests and the production calendar.  
  • Learn how to program a basic sound and lighting board, as well as run a projector, run video software on a variety of programs, and focus lighting instruments.  
  • Have the opportunity to work with professional artists, cultivating important relationships and widening knowledge of a range of performance disciplines.  
  • Participate in theater maintenance, safety training and learn about requirements and membership in the associated technical and artist unions (IATSE, et al).
  • Have the opportunity to review technical riders and sit in on artist planning meetings to determine technical production needs.
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience within a professional theater environment, which will prepare them for collegiate theater programs and competitive professional work opportunities in the local market, or in regional and national fields.  
  • Develop and improve communication, organizational and conceptual skills, and provide a mentoring experience for emerging professionals.
  • By the end of the internship, the intern will be knowledgeable in the basics of technical theater arts management. They will gain practical experience, with direct mentorship from technical and curatorial staff.  This experience will help stu​dents decide if technical work is the career path they would like to follow and provide an excellent springboard for professional networking. Many of the technical elements apply to other industries, and this basic knowledge helps expand social, mental and physical discipline for problem solving, project planning, team building and communication, which are essentials in professional arts careers.   


Department: Visitor Services

This internship is in the Historic Asolo Theater Box Office during our Summer Circus Spectacular, a circus performed on the stage of the Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling.

Project Goals:

  • Learn and operate Tessitura, the premier nonprofit organization ticketing software, which is used by most of the performing arts organizations in the US, UK, and Australia, plus museums, zoos, botanical gardens, etc. It is also used in the UK and Australia.
  • Sell tickets, handling reserved seating.
  • Usher in the theater and help coordinate the Summer Camp groups and Adult groups that attend Summer Circus
  • Develop customer service and communication skills with all ages.