We learn from and contribute to art and cultural programs in small towns, large cities and everything in between.

Internship offer off campus learning experiences where students gain credit for their work at different organizations in our community, throughout the US and across the globe.

Student’s coursework in the art management program and related experiences on and off campus prepares them to earn competitive internships at museums, arts and cultural organizations and in the non-profit sector. It is recommended that the non-profit internship be completed in the sophomore or junior year of coursework. The capstone Art Management Internship should be completed in the summer after junior or senior year. These internships should provide students with opportunities to apply and develop analytical tools and knowledge of particular facets of a non-profit and/or arts organization.

Art Management Internship Overview

Art management internships enable students to gain first-hand work experience at art museums, art centers, residencies, performing art facilities and other art and cultural organizations. This capstone experience (ART 4900) serves as a bridge between student’s academic study and future professional careers. Students are required to intern outside of Boone or the immediately surrounding area to broaden their experiences and develop a professional network beyond the university. Below is list of previous organizations that students have interned since 2005. Typically, students complete this internship in the summer after their junior year or senior year. If completed in the summer of senior year, students often participate in the May graduation ceremony but officially graduate in August.

Non-profit Internship Overview

Students may choose this internship opportunity as a part of their coursework for the required non-profit minor. The registration process for this internship (IDS 3900) is administered through Interdisciplinary Studies program. Ideally, students complete this internship prior to the Art 4900 capstone internship. This internship must be done at a non-profit organization, which can be in Boone  or another location of your choosing and can be completed in any semester or summer session. In particular circumstances, and with approval from both the IDS and Art Management program advisors, internship may count for both the major and the minor with an increase in the amount of hours worked and credits.

Art 4900 Internship

Many internships are unpaid, however, some students have received funded internship fellowships from the Art and Business Council of New York, the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, and the Windgate Museum Fellowship. The Art Management program is in support of students receiving stipends or other forms of payments to offset costs of the internship provided that the internship is an educational experience.

Art management students at Appalachian have interned at:

North Carolina

  • North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
  • Artspace, Raleigh, NC
  • Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, NC   
  • Arts for Life, Levine Children's Hospital, Charlotte, NC
  • Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Penland School of Crafts, Spruce Pine, NC       
  • Hickory Art Museum, Hickory, NC
  • Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC
  • Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
  • McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC
  • Cornelius Art Center, Cornelius, NC
  • Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
  • Dreams of Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
  • South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art/SECCA, Winston Salem, NC
  • Sawtooth School for Visual Art, Winston Salem, NC
  • Arts Council of Winston Salem and Forsyth County, Winston Salem, NC
  • Asheville Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Arts Department, Asheville, NC
  • Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
  • Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC            
  • Ackland Museum of Art, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC
  • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winston Salem, NC
  • CAM Raleigh, NC 

South Eastern United States

  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX
  • Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
  • Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Youth Art Connection, Atlanta, GA
  • Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta, GA
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  • Peace Center, Greenville, SC
  • Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Greenville, SC
  • Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC

New York City

  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  • Exit Art, New York, NY
  • Museum of Modern Art/MoMA, New York, NY
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York, NY
  • The Paley Center for Media, NY
  • Free Arts NYC, New York, NY
  • d.u.m.b.o. arts center, Brooklyn, NY

Mid Atlantic and North Eastern United States

  • Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
  • Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
  • National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC
  • Architectural History and Historic Preservation, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

Midwestern and Western United States

  • Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
  • Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  • Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR
  • Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • deYoung/Fine Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • SITE Santa Fe, NM
  • The Canvas, Juneau, AK


  • Cross-Cultural Solutions, Rabat, Morocco
  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, United Kingdom

It wasn’t easy, but I learned a lot about myself and the professional world through this internship and I couldn’t have done it without the staff being so generous and allowing me to participate in their organizations.

Garret Hawkins, Art Management major

Morgan Newman interning with Programs & Audience Engagement at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC.

Morgan Newman

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC

Paige Eyberg with VAE director Brandon Cordrey, and staff members Monet Marshall and Kyle Hazard, an App State Art Management and Studio Art alum

Paige Eyberg

(L-R) VAE director Brandon Cordrey, Kyle Hazard (App State alum), Paige Eyberg (App State Intern), and Monet Marshall from Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC

Kyndal Hutchinson working as the communications intern at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

Kyndal Hutchinson

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum in Blowing Rock, NC