Summer Internships: Faqs
Who is eligible for a paid summer internship?
Current and recently graduated graduate students are eligible. Please check the current application for graduation deadlines to determine whether you are eligible.
When can I apply for an internship?
Information and applications are posted in November for internships the following summer.
How long are the summer internships?
10 weeks / 40 Hours per week
How much does the internship pay?
Interns earn $11.25 per hour (less taxes) and are paid bi-weekly.
Are the paid internships available year round?
No. The paid Internship is only available in the summer. To learn more about other intern opportunities please see academic year internships.
Are there internship opportunities for undergraduates?
Undergraduates are eligible to apply for an academic year internship. At this time, summer internships are available only for graduate students.
Are there internship opportunities for undergraduates and high school students?
No, however high school students are eligible to earn volunteer hours towards the Bright Futures scholarship. For learn more about volunteer opportunities for high school students, please see our volunteer information.
I am not a US citizen; am I eligible to apply for an internship?
Yes. The internship programs are open to international students; however, non-US citizens must have a current US Visa and be eligible to work in the US. The positions require fingerprinting.
What types of work or projects do interns participate in?
Interns are selected and placed according to departmental needs. Projects and tasks vary tremendously depending on the department assignment. Past placements have included the following departments: Curatorial, Art Library, Marketing and Public Relations, Collections Management, Information Technology, Archives, Education and Theater.
Are there any special qualifications needed for a theater internship?
Yes, Candidates for the theater internship should have a minimum of two years technical theater experience and recently completed a degree in theater.
Will I receive any college credit for my internship?
If you would like college credit and your college/university is willing to grant it, we will document your work hours and the type of work completed. The Ringling/FSU cannot issue credit directly.
From our Interns
"This Internship was an amazing experience. I learned a lot and had so much fun! The Summer Circus Spectacular was one of the best shows I have worked on. I got to spend my summer with a cool crew, clowns, and acrobats. You can't get any better than that! I'm very glad I had this awesome opportunity."
Jenna Luchkiw, Historic Asolo Theater, 2013
"The Archives internship is an incredible program that combines in-depth, hands-on experience with the fun and creative atmosphere of the Circus Museum. The skills that I gained this summer will be a great asset for any career path I may choose, be it with an archive, a museum, a library, or even a circus!"
Kelly Zacovic, Archives, 2013
"The summer internship at The Ringling was my most valuable and well-rounded educational experience to date. Training in my department gave me the skills to work independently on my internship project while side-work and group programming allowed me to see how my work contributed to the rest of the museum."
Chelsea Rinehart, 2013