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.


Curatorial Intern – Marcando Historia/Making History in the Americas, 1843-1893

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), America’s first art museum and school of fine arts, is seeking a Curatorial Intern to provide administrative support and assist the Curator of Historical American Art with Spanish and Portuguese communication services in communicating with Latin American contacts.

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, the intern will gain knowledge of and assist with exhibition collection management database (MIMSY) by creating and editing exhibition checklists, will learn about the publication process by assisting with initial catalog development and other duties associated with the exhibition as required. Approximately 20 hours a week in the Summer of 2016 with possibility of extension.

This is an unpaid internship, approximately 20 hours a week in the Summer of 2016 with possibility of extension.

Interested candidates should have a bachelor’s degree and demonstrated study of art of the United States and/or the arts of Latin America is required. A masters degree in art history or related field strongly preferred. Museum experience preferred. Qualified candidates must be fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese. Basic computer skills, including the use of collection management databases and Microsoft Office Suite required. Photo editing software skills preferred. Excellent interpersonal, written communication and research skills, excellent organizational skills; ability to multi-task and meet deadlines a must. Excellent attention to detail. 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 “Curatorial 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.