Studio Institute

Exhibit Programming Intern

Independence Seaport Museum -- Exhibit Programming Intern

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

The intern will assist in the development of an in-gallery cart program. This cart program has been piloted at several museum events in the last 6 months, and the museum’s goal is to make the educational cart a fixture in the museum’s exhibits as a way to further engage the public in expanded interpretation. The intern will benefit through valuable experience in researching our collections and developing short, drop-in lessons that are geared to a varied audience and learning level. The intern will work cross-departmentally to learn about collections as well as how to plan interactive and flexible lessons. The museum will benefit with a tool and protocol for in-gallery interpretation, which doesn’t currently exist.

Skills: The intern should have some experience in informal learning and an interest in building in-gallery, drop-in learning opportunities. A background in educational theory would be helpful but not necessary. A love for engaging visitors and offering opportunities for expanded, social learning opportunities is essential. The intern should be curious and a strategic thinker. The intern will have the responsibility of developing several content ideas, paired with exhibition objects from collections not on display, to create a curriculum for drop-in, in-gallery programs that can be tested and executed during the intern’s time at the museum. These themed curriculums will be added to the already existing event-specific cart lessons to build a log of short cart programs, with instructions for protocol, which museum staff can implement as needed.

Projects Include:
- Helping to develop an in-gallery cart program
- Work to establish educational initiatives in the Seaport Museum’s gallery spaces
- Work to build visitor engagement and cross-department initiatives

This position pays $15/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $500 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.
2) Attend college in Philadelphia, or live in Philadelphia. 

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, and transcript to the email below these instructions with the subject "Arts Intern 2019 Approved Application".

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to Elizabeth Zafiris at