Art Studio Internship, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA


The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, Massachusetts, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren.

Art Studio Internship

The Art Studio is open to guests of all ages during regular museum hours and supports the mission of the Museum through its Every Day Art and Guided Art Programs that encourage making, appreciating, and thinking about art. All of these activities support the National and Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Frameworks for art education K-12. Interns in the Art Studio interact with families and professionals daily, participate in museum-wide events, expand their knowledge about museum and art education, design special projects for museum guests, and contribute ideas to our daily programming and blog, Making Art Together. Daily duties include orienting the guests to the Art Studio space and materials; assisting in the preparation of materials; research and evaluation; and initiating maintenance and clean-up of the Studio. Ideal candidates are outgoing; highly organized; energetic self-starters; pick up new techniques quickly; and have a demonstrated interest in art, education, or museum studies. Experience with photography and Photoshop is a plus. Undergraduates and recent graduates are welcome to apply.

For more information about The Art Studio, visit our blog, Making Art with Children: .

PERIOD OF INTERNSHIP/EMPLOYMENT: Summer; Fall, Jterm or Spring semesters

PAY TYPE: Unpaid; Students who wish to receive academic credit for their internship must make their own arrangements with their college or university.



Part-time; Work hours are flexible to accommodate schedules and credit requirements but a typical intern schedule includes one full weekend day and one shift during the week.


The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

125 West Bay Road

Amherst, MA 01002


APPLICATION DUE DATE: Applications must be postmarked or submitted electronically on the deadline date (if the deadline falls on a Sunday or holiday, materials must be postmarked on the next business day).

Summer - April 1 (if March 20 deadline still listed on application PDF, please disregard)
Fall semester - August 1
J-Term - November 10
Spring semester - November 10

REQUIRED DEGREE: all majors welcome, but must have a demonstrated interest in art, education, or museum studies.



Please send the following materials:

  • Completed Internship Application (pdf) from The Carle’s internship website (
  • Cover letter explaining your career goals, your interest in the program, what you hope to gain, and what you can contribute
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Letter of recommendation (academic or professional, signed on letterhead)

Please submit all materials to:

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Internship Program

125 West Bay Road

Amherst, MA 01002

Or electronically to

If sending in application materials electronically, recommendations and transcripts may be mailed in separately but must be postmarked by the deadline. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted. All complete application packets will be reviewed after the application deadline for each session. After an initial review of applications, select applicants will be invited for an interview either by phone/skype or at the Museum.