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Summer Internships at the Ringling Museum

Published December 7, 2018


The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, will be offering paid internships for ten weeks, from June 3 – August 8, 2019. 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. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2019.

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.


Six departments have opening positions available: Archives, Conservation, Curatorial, Education, Library, and Grounds.

Department: Archives

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


Department: Conservation

Education Requirements: Graduate studies in art conservation

Responsibilities: Participate in a range of painting conservation activities, including examination, analysis (using an Osiris Infrared Reflectography Camera), documentation, and treatment of works from the permanent collections; participate in the exhibition and loan-related activities as required; consult with other members of the collections team as necessary

Special Qualifications/Experience: Specialization (or intent to specialize) in painting conservation


Department: Curatorial

Education Requirements: Graduate studies in art history or related field

Responsibilities: Assist Curator of Asian Art with research on collection and loan objects for forthcoming exhibitions, as well as planning a small exhibition of Chinese ceramics and possible online content.

Special Qualifications/Experience: Strong research skills required; previous museum or gallery experience preferred; proficiency in Chinese or Japanese language highly desirable.


Department: Education

Education Requirements: Graduate studies in art, art history, museum studies, museum education, elementary education, or related field

Responsibilities: Assist museum educators with the development of in-gallery guides and activities for families; facilitate family programs; assist with other educational programs and activities as required

Special Qualifications/Experience: Experience working with children required; availability to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends required


Department: Library

Education Requirements: Undergraduate or graduate studies in Library and Information Science or has completed the M.L.I.S. degree

Responsibilities: Develop research aids to be used by the library, both written and electronic. These will include: LibGuides for publication on FSU website and accessible to other institutions; printed subject guides for in-library use; and an introduction to the use of the Ringing Art Library.

Special Qualifications/Experience: A background in art history or an M.L.I.S. student who wishes to specialize in art librarianship.


Department: Grounds

Education Requirements: Undergraduate or graduate studies

Responsibilities: Assist grounds crew with the assessment of native trees on The Ringling property using the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) tree health method; collect tree health information for the database; contribute to the development of action plans to improve tree health

Special Qualifications/Experience: Interest in biology, botany, horticulture, or environmental science preferred


If any of these departments interest you, additional information and application materials may be found here.