Each semester, CAM offers hands-on internships for up to 15 university students and professionals seeking career development. As St. Louis’s premier museum dedicated to contemporary art, the Museum offers a variety of unique opportunities for prospective interns in the following areas: Curatorial, Learning & Engagement, Development, Media, PR/Marketing, Social Media, and Visitor Services.

How To Apply

To apply, please submit the following materials in a single PDF to:

Melissa Bauer, Assistant to the Director
314.535.0770 x206


  • Resume
    This document should include your current contact information, work and volunteer experience, and educational background.
  • Cover Letter
    Your cover letter should introduce yourself, list your qualifications, and explain what you expect to achieve by being an intern at CAM.
  • Course and/or Work schedule
    Your class and/or work schedule should list the hours you are unavailable to work at the internship during the term for which you are applying.
  • Writing Sample (Curatorial Applicants Only)
    7-10 pages. This writing sample should be a current and strong sample of the applicant’s writing, preferably on the topic of art history.


Terms last approximately 14-15 weeks and coordinate with the Museum’s exhibition cycle.

  • Fall 2019 September 10–December 13, 2019
    Deadline: August 9, 2019
  • Spring 2020 January 21–April 17, 2019
    Deadline: December 13, 2019
  • Summer 2020 May 12–August 14, 2019
    Deadline: April 17, 2020


Positions Available

  • Curatorial
    CAM presents approximately six major exhibitions each year, featuring the work of local, national, and international artists. The curatorial team also develops several smaller-scale productions for the Front Room and produces exhibition-related publications and programs. Curatorial interns will be a part of this team: researching, developing, and producing exhibitions and publications; coordinating with artists, galleries, collectors, and other museums; and generally supporting the needs of CAM’s Curatorial Department and the museum as a whole. Interns in this area can expect an average of 15 hours per week. Applicants are required to submit a 7-10 page writing sample with their application.
  • Learning and Engagement 
    CAM’s L&E Department serves audiences from toddlers to adults with a range of programs such as New Art in the Neighborhood, LEAP Middle School Initiative, Teen Museum Studies, ArtReach, Sunday Studio, Stroller Tours, and Play Dates. L&E Interns will work with the Museum Educator and the School and Community Programs Manager to assist with classroom instruction, school tours and community engagement, long-term program planning, and daily administrative support. Interns in this area can expect an average of 18 hours a week. Internship may include evening and weekend hours.
  • Development
    The Development Department at CAM is responsible for garnering a substantial portion of the museum’s annual operating budget. Interns work closely with the development team to ensure these duties are upheld, through projects such as: data entry; grants research; membership solicitation and donor prospect research; event planning; and other tasks in support of the Development team and the main CAM office. Interns in this area can expect an average of 10 hours a week. Internship may include evening and weekend hours.
  • Media
    The Media department develops content for CAM’s website and maintains the Museum’s online presence on YouTube and other sharing platforms. Interns assist in recording, editing, and post-production work of current exhibitions, including: audio tours, video documentation of artist talks, educational programming, and creation of interpretive content related to the exhibitions. Interns also contribute to the design, development, and maintenance of all digital media archives, serving as CAM’s documentation of past exhibitions. Interns must have experience with the following software: MAC OS, Final Cut (or related video software), and Adobe Creative Suite. Interns in this area can expect an average of 15 hours per week.
  • PR and Marketing
    As the communications arm of a dynamic, non-collecting museum, CAM’s PR and marketing team has the imperative to deliver timely, well-prepared informational and promotional materials to numerous outlets, while maintaining a comprehensive strategy for distribution. As a part of this team, the responsibilities of PR and marketing interns include updating and researching press lists and outlets; writing and editing museum communication materials, including press releases, e-blasts, and e-newsletters; maintaining complete press files; and delivering appropriate materials to the museum archives and storage. Interns in this area can expect an average of 15 hours per week.
  • Registrar
    The Registrar at CAM oversees the process of acquiring, shipping, documenting, and installing artworks for up to 6 exhibitions per season during 3 seasons throughout the year. Projects for the registrar intern may include documentation, registration, cataloging, and shop organization. The registrar intern will experience hands-on training, working alongside the Registrar and team of Preparators, and will be asked to perform independent research as required. A successful candidate must possess strong written and verbal skills, high attention to detail, and a general knowledge of studio art practices. Interns in this area can expect an average of 15 hours per week.
  • Social Media
    As a dynamic, non-collecting museum, CAM requires a strong social media presence. CAM seeks an intern to join the museum’s marketing department to create and publish original social media content. This new position offers the chance to produce captivating images, graphics, and short videos/animations to promote the museum’s exhibitions, public programs, special events, membership initiatives, learning activities, and more. A successful candidate should be experienced with Adobe Creative Suite and possess a strong creative vision and excellent writing, editing, and photography skills. Familiarity with CAM’s current and past exhibitions/programming is preferred. Interns in this area can expect an average of 10–15 hours per week. This position is recommended for applicants seeking a career in digital media in the non-profit field.
  • Visitor Services
    The Visitor Services team is staffed by a full-time Visitor Services Manager as well as Visitor Services Associates (VSAs) and is primarily responsible for maintaining exhibition and public museum spaces, monitoring exhibited works during open hours, fielding public inquiries pertaining to all aspects of CAM, and at every opportunity promoting a positive visitor experience. Interns in this area will join these efforts by lending support to a variety of areas, including membership and audience development; event operations; customer service; retail operations; and daily museum operations. Interns in this area can expect an average of 15 hours per week and should be available for some evening and weekend hours.