Summer Internship Program 2019

 The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, will be offering paid internships for ten weeks from June 3 – August 8, 2019. The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and a part of Florida State University. It consists of art and circus museums, as well as a historic mansion and theater, all on a 66-acre site overlooking Sarasota Bay.  Summer internships combine practical, hands-on experience working on a project for a specific department with exposure to all aspects of The Ringling’s operation.

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2019.


Department: Archives

Education Requirements: Graduate studies in history, cultural studies, or related field with an interest in archives or history museums

Responsibilities: Participate in the activities of the department; work on digitization projects; catalogue, edit, and enter data in The Museum System (TMS) collections management database; assist with reference requests and other duties as required

Special Qualifications/Experience: Knowledge of digital photography preferred


Department: Conservation

Education Requirements: Graduate studies in art conservation

Responsibilities: Participate in a range of painting conservation activities, including examination, analysis (using an Osiris Infrared Reflectography Camera), documentation, and treatment of works from the permanent collections; participate in exhibition and loan-related activities as required; consult with other members of the collections team as necessary

Special Qualifications/Experience: Specialization (or intent to specialize) in painting conservation


Department: Curatorial

Education Requirements: Graduate studies in art history or related field

Responsibilities: Assist Curator of Asian Art with research on collection and loan objects for forthcoming exhibitions, as well as planning a small exhibition of Chinese ceramics and possible online content.

Special Qualifications/Experience: Strong research skills required; previous museum or gallery experience preferred; proficiency in Chinese or Japanese language highly desirable.


Department: Education

Education Requirements: Graduate studies in art, art history, museum studies, museum education, elementary education, or related field

Responsibilities: Assist museum educators with the development of in-gallery guides and activities for families; facilitate family programs; assist with other educational programs and activities as required

Special Qualifications/Experience: Experience working with children required; availability to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends required


Department: Library

Education Requirements: Undergraduate or graduate studies in Library and Information Science or has completed the M.L.I.S. degree

Responsibilities: Develop research aids to be used by the library, both written and electronic.  These will include: LibGuides for publication on FSU website and accessible to other institutions; printed subject guides for in-library use; and an introduction to the use of the Ringing Art Library.

Special Qualifications/Experience: A background in art history or an M.L.I.S. student who wishes to specialize in art librarianship.


Department: Grounds

Education Requirements: Undergraduate or graduate studies

Responsibilities: Assist grounds crew with the assessment of native trees on The Ringling property using the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) tree health method; collect tree health information for the database; contribute to the development of action plans to improve tree health

Special Qualifications/Experience: Interest in biology, botany, horticulture, or environmental science preferred



Additional information and application materials may be found on the Museum’s website at