Museology Master of Arts Program

Paid Internships

Paid internships make museum work accessible to students who are not able to work without compensation. We also hope our evaluation of this initiative will contribute to the larger, field-wide conversation on the implications of unpaid museum internships.” – Jessica Luke, Museology Director 


Through the Paid Internship Program, each Museology student is eligible to receive funding for up to 90 hours of internships paid at $20 per hour. We have partnered with a growing pool of over 50 organizations that offer a wide range of paid internship opportunities, such as the Seattle Art Museum, National Nordic Museum, and Seattle Aquarium.

Infographic with text that says, "Paid Internships: 2018–2020. 32 partner organizations hosted 68 student interns, for a total of 7, 842 hours of paid internships. Over $140,000 in internships paid!"

Paid internship data from 2018-2020 academic years.

Building practical experience

The Museology program unites the academic and practical foundations needed to be an innovative museum professional. We incorporate hands-on experience into our graduation requirements so students have a wide-range of opportunities to do real work in museums. As a part of the curriculum, students complete at least 6 credits of internships – about 180 hours – in museums between the winter quarter of their first year and the end of the second year.
Through these internships, we hope that students will:

  • Woman writing on a clipboard is kneeling next to a case with artifacts in it.Explore different areas of museum practice to refine their career goals
  • Develop the skills, knowledge, and creativity needed for their career goals in the museum field
  • Build their professional network in the museum field – both peers and mentors
  • Grow more confident in their work and feel inspired to be innovators in the field

Museology students have access to a wide variety of internship opportunities through the program’s network of alumni and friends, both locally and nationally. Our advisors help students to identify experiences that fit their interests and career goals. In the past five years, our students have worked with over 60 local institutions such as the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and the Seattle Art Museum. They have also completed internships in over 30 regional, national, and international organizations such as the Smithsonian National Museum of National History in Washington, D.C. and the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.