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Internships at the Indian Arts Research Center

Anne Ray Internship

The School for Advanced Research, Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) offers two nine-month internships (September 1–May 31) to individuals who are recent college graduates, current graduate students, or junior museum professionals interested in furthering their professional museum experience and enhancing their intellectual capacity for contributing to the expanding field and discourse of museum studies. The internships include a semi-monthly salary, free housing and utilities, a book allowance, the cost of one professional conference, and reimbursable travel to and from SAR. One internship is open to an Indigenous individual from the U.S. or Canada, and one internship is open to any U.S. or Canadian citizen meeting the application requirements.

Interns devote their time to working on IARC educational programming, research and writing activities, and collections management and registration. Other requirements include making one public presentation; attending a professional conference; assisting with IARC seminars, symposia, and collection tours; and working on outreach initiatives to local Native communities. Interns will also participate in interviews, photo sessions, video recordings, and exit interviews to document their experience.

For more information, please visit our online application portal or download the Anne Ray Internship ApplicationThe deadline to apply is March 1st.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read the Anne Ray Internship FAQ first to see if the answer to your question is already available. If you have further questions, please contact (505) 954-7205 or iarc@sarsf.org.

History of Paid Internships and Past Interns

The Indian Arts Research Center has been supporting museum studies internships since 1995 through two programs, the Harvey W. Branigar Jr. Internship and Anne Ray Internship.

Internships for Credit

Internships are available for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in anthropology, art history, history, museum studies, or a related field. Internship lengths are variable and are appropriately designed to suit the education and maturity level of the student. Internships are geared toward practical experience and maximizing job market viability in the museum field.

The IARC encourages interns to work with the IARC collections on individual projects based on their academic or professional interests. Depending on interest, interns may work on projects relating to collections handling and cataloguing or community outreach/programs development. While these internships are unpaid, the IARC can work with the student’s school or university department to establish academic credit.

Intern minimum and maximum allowable time commitments are as follows:

  • High School 3–8 hours per week (recommended 4 hours)
  • Undergraduate 4–20 hours per week (recommended 8 hours)
  • Graduate 4–40 hours per week (recommended 12 hours)

For more information, download the Internship for School Credit Application. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

2017-2018 Interns Brenna Two Bears and Samuel Villarreal Catanach

2016-2017 Anne Ray Interns Nina Sanders and Saeko Yamada
2017 summer intern Shayna Naranjo