Barry Art Museum Internship Program

This educational opportunity is designed to give practical, real-life experience and career development in the Museum setting- including but not limited to Curatorial Studies, Exhibition Design, Collections Management, Entrepreneurship, and Museum Education. Open to all disciplines campus wide, with a maximum of three students per session.

Three internship sessions are offered annually: Summer (13 weeks between mid-May and early-August), Fall Semester (15 weeks), and Spring Semester (15 weeks).

Structural framework: 3 credits earned for ODU students with an expected 150 project-hours. There is a structured, weekly, 2-hour group class. The regular work schedule for each intern will be created with site supervisor.

Semester-long personal project: Through collection research, interns develop a personal project that helps to facilitate the public encounter artwork and provide context or meaningful supplemental activities to enhance art appreciation. Possible areas of research include: historical context, personal interest, techniques of making, and hands on engagement.

Joan Thorne, Ananda, detail

Learning Objectives:

  • Personal professional development: resume, bio, artist statement, online presence review.
  • Public Speaking: present a personal project to Museum staff.
  • Engagement: learn how to develop and implement interpretive museum programs.
  • Partnerships: identify and foster partnerships across the region and campus with student groups and cultural organizations.
  • Budgeting: learn to review and create a budget.
  • Art handling: shadow art preparators, learn how to plan and install exhibitions, to produce label copy, and light the exhibition.
  • Outreach: support with developing and implementing Social Media and marketing for your program.

Site Supervisor: Charlotte Potter Kasic

To apply: Send a letter of interest to and current resume to