Internships

Interns work with the professional staff of PAFA and participate in the work of a department. They are placed within PAFA based on their interests, educational experience, preferences and availability.

Most PAFA internships are unpaid and are available throughout the year. PAFA students are encouraged to talk with the Career Services Department about internships. PAFA also collaborates with schools including the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware to provide opportunities for specialized fields.

Interested in an internship? Send your resume to the Human Resources Department at internships@pafa.org with "internship" in the subject line. Any requests for internships sent to PAFA staff members will be forwarded to the Human Resources Department for consideration. 


Human Resources Intern

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), America’s first art museum and school of fine arts, is seeking a Human Resources Intern. The Human Resources Intern will support the administrative functions of the Human Resources Department with the direct objective of learning the operational components of the department and organization. This internship will provide both educational and practical facets, allowing the intern to apply the take skills she or he may have acquired in school related to his or her particular areas of interest, and apply them in a professional setting.

The Human Resources Intern will gain knowledge and assist with a wide range of projects including the retention of employee files, employee relations, benefits administration, budgeting, auditing and HR compliance. This internship will also provide the opportunity for understanding and supporting the development of employee policies and procedures. He or she will gain a better understanding of the role that Human Resources can play in a non-profit setting, and be better prepared to work in the arena of human resources and the nonprofit sector.

This is an unpaid internship, expected to run for the Spring semester (January 2016 through April 2016), with a flexible schedule of 10 to 15 hours per week.

Interested candidates must have completed or are in the process of completing a degree in Human Resources, Non-Profit Management or a similar program.  Excellent communication skills in order to interact with a diverse range of employees and individuals are a must.  Proficiency with MS Office Suite and previous experience in an office environment highly preferred.  Candidates must be trustworthy and have an understanding of discretionary practices, confidentiality and laws regarding the Human Resources field.

Interested candidates should send their cover letter, resume, and references in a single document to internships@pafa.org, fax to 215-972-6194, or mail to Human Resources, 128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. Please include “HR Intern” in the subject line. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages the recruitment and retention of qualified candidates for all positions. PAFA encourages members of all diverse groups to seek opportunities with us.


Museum Exhibition Intern

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), America’s first art museum and school of fine arts, is seeking a Museum Exhibition Intern for the Thomas Eakins project.

The Exhibition Intern will support all aspects of exhibition development and implementation for assigned exhibition, specifically assisting the exhibition curators, Susan Danly and Anna Marley. This position will aid the exhibition project team by generating correspondence, as well as learning to write and develop exhibition interpretive materials in coordination with the curators and education team. This position will also gain knowledge of and assist with exhibition collection management database (MIMSY) by creating and editing exhibition checklists, learn about the publication process by assisting with gallery guide production and perform other duties associated with the exhibition as required.

This is an unpaid internship, expected to run from January 2016 to January 2017, with a flexible schedule of approximately 16-20 hours per week.

Interested candidates must have completed a Bachelors Degree; a Masters preferred. Candidates should be able to demonstrate study of American art and/or the history of photography. Museum or gallery experience is preferred. Basic computer skills, including the use of collection management databases and Microsoft Office Suite are required. Photo editing software skills also preferred. Candidates should posses excellent interpersonal, written communication and humanities based research skills. Excellent organizational skills; ability to multi-task and meet deadlines is highly desired. Excellent attention to detail is a must. Desired candidates will have the ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.

Interested candidates should send their cover letter, resume, and references in a single document to internships@pafa.org, fax to 215-972-6194, or mail to Human Resources, 128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. Please include “Eakins Exhibition Intern” in the subject line. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages the recruitment and retention of qualified candidates for all positions. PAFA encourages members of all diverse groups to seek opportunities with us.