Internship Stipends

ARCS is committed to advocating for paid internships in an industry that remains inaccessible to many. We understand that internships are often necessary to begin a career in museums and we feel strongly that that work should be paid. Starting in Fall 2021, ARCS awarded a $1,000 stipend plus an annual membership to two applicants pursuing internships in registration and/or collections management. The goal of the stipend program is to alleviate some of the financial burden that students often have to bear in order to begin their careers in this field.

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Student criteria

  • Must be student at the undergraduate or graduate level or recent graduate (within 2 years)
  • Must have demonstrated interest in registration/collections management 
  • Preference will be given to applicants with little or no museum internship experience
  • Preference will be given to applicants who receive need-based financial aid from their college or university or who submit a brief statement indicating financial need.
  • Preference will be given to students from diverse backgrounds.  

Internship program criteria

  • Internship must be primarily focused on registration/collections management
  • Internship must be a minimum of 60 hours and take place over the course of no more than 6 months

Application Process

Materials to be submitted with application

  • Letter of support from museum including description of program
  • Recommendation letter from professor 
  • Cover letter
  • Resume 
The Spring 2022 Applications are now closed. Have questions about the program? Please contact
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The mission of ARCS is to represent and promote registrars and collection specialists, to educate the profession in best practices of registration and collections care, and to facilitate communication and networking.

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