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CMA Public Programs

Cleveland Museum of Art -- Public Programs Intern

Please see instructions on how to apply at the bottom of this page.

The Cleveland Museum of Art has set a goal to serve a million visitors per year, it has also made a commitment to diversifying its audiences to better reflect the community it serves. The Public Programs Intern will execute a research and development project focusing on the creation of new program series and formats to enhance the CMA’s public offerings as well as assist with small and very-large scale events and programs such that they will have cause to interact nearly every museum department and assist in driving cross-departmental collaborations necessary to create a successful program, best complement an exhibition, as well as draw new audiences to the museum. Ultimately, the Intern will learn how public programs are conceived, designed and executed in an encyclopedic civic museum and they will gain skills applicable in scholarly and practical environments.

The Intern will: assist us in developing and piloting new program ideas for adult audiences designed to engage with new and diverse audiences in meaningful ways; learn the principles of universal design to ensure that pilot programs meet the standards of accessibility expressed in the CMA’s strategic plan; assist us in identifying programmatic areas of interest with our community partners (individuals and institutions); work with us to address issues of equity and contribute to the quality of life for new and existing audiences; work with our curatorial and interpretation staff to explore potential relationships among different parts of the collection that could lead to new program series; work closely with the Director and Associate Director of Public Programs as we endeavor to reinvigorate existing programs, and create new collaborative partnerships; learn about art, gain exposure to multiple museum careers, gain in-depth knowledge of process of creating large scale public programs at an expansive cultural institution, as well as an opportunity to build a network of professional contacts. create program briefs; assist with program planning, research and development; audience development/outreach; attend programs and assist with on-site program management and coordination, track program data; provide administrative support;

This position pays $12/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $580 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Program Details page for more information.  

1) Will be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student as of the Fall 2018 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
Attend college in Cleveland, or live within Cleveland or the boundary established by the Inner Ring Suburbs. 
3) Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000. This number is on your FAFSA form, to see what it looks like -- click here. 


1) To apply to a position, please click here and fill out the eligibility application form
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. 
Note: once you're verified as eligible for Arts Intern, you can apply to as many positions as you'd like. You do not have to submit the eligibility application more than once. 
3) You will forward this confirmation email, along with your CV, cover letter, transcript, and recommendations to the email below these instructions with the subject "Arts Intern 2018 Approved Application".

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to Key Jo Lee at