Professional Pathways HBCU Internships

Expand your professional horizons at the New Orleans Museum of Art with a Professional Pathways Internship, open to students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Professional Pathways Internships, funded by the Ford and Walton Foundations’ Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI), aim to support underrepresented individuals in pursuing leadership roles in art museums.

Interns will earn a stipend as they work with and learn from museum professionals and scholars. NOMA offers a wide variety of internship placements in either the Curatorial Affairs or Learning and Engagement Departments, with focuses on museum education, collections care, curatorial research, interpretation, exhibition development, community outreach, and more.

Professional Pathways Internship projects will be designed to complement students’ academic studies and professional interests. Internships will include mentoring sessions with supervisors, offering students individual instruction in career planning and preparation. Additionally, interns will have access to additional training in art history and professional networking opportunities.

The application process is competitive. Three students are selected for Professional Pathways Internships each semester. Professional Pathways Interns are required to work 150 hours, typically within a 12 week semester.

Professional Pathways Interns will receive a stipend of $3,000 per semester.

Internship Requirements
– Students must be currently enrolled in an HBCU and self-identify as a person of color

  • All applicants must submit the following to be considered:
  • Application (see link below)
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Recent transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Research-based writing sample

Submit all documents to Learning & Engagement / / P.O. Box 19123, New Orleans, LA 70179


Summer 2020: Sunday, March 15, 2020

Fall 2020: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Spring 2021: Sunday, November 15, 2020