Summer Art Camp Intern
DALLAS, TX Education
Job Type

Position: Summer Art Camp Intern

Reports to: Senior Manager of Family and Early Learning Programs

Level: Intern

Classification: Non-Exempt, Part-Time

Benefits: not benefits eligible

Schedule: Monday-Friday, morning or afternoon shifts may vary each week, either 8:30 am-12:30 pm or 12:30-4:30 pm

Internship Period: initial training May 30; June 5 - August 4, 2023 (except the week of July 4)

Salary: $15/hour, 20 hours per week

Openings: 8

Scope of Position:

Interns will gain hands-on experience using a variety of teaching skills through observing and assisting Summer Art Camp teachers, as well as through facilitating gallery activities, art projects, games, and sensory explorations. Under the guidance of DMA education staff, interns will also have the opportunity to plan and lead one week-long session of camp by researching artworks, writing lesson plans, planning art projects, prepping art supplies, and leading daily camp activities. During this week of camp, interns will step into the role of camp teacher, managing all daily activities—gallery lessons, art-making projects, and classroom management.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with day-to-day camp logistics, such as managing carpool, checking children in and out of camp, setting up and cleaning up camp classroom and supplies, and interacting with caregivers
  • Plan and supervise daily Lunch Bunch for children who attend camp all day
  • Assist summer camp teachers by facilitating small group discussions, scavenger hunts, and games in the galleries
  • Assist summer camp teachers by demonstrating various art techniques and helping campers’ problem solve as they work on art projects
  • Mount weekly summer camp exhibitions each Friday by displaying campers’ artwork
  • Assist DMA education staff with maintaining safety measures related to COVID-19
  • Assist DMA education staff with collecting camper feedback on camp content, structure, and activities

Internship Goals:

  • Learn about the day-to-day functions of Summer Art Camp in an art museum
  • Learn about the needs, abilities, and challenges of various age levels between 4-12 years old
  • Learn developmentally appropriate strategies and techniques for teaching children about art appreciation and art-making
  • Build skills in gallery teaching, classroom management, and public speaking
  • Learn how to plan, organize, and facilitate education programming for children in a museum setting
  • Develop professional communication and interpersonal skills through collaboration with Museum colleagues and fellow interns 

Education, Experience, and Certification

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student in art history, art education, studio art, education or the humanities. Course credit for summer 2023 may be obtained, pending school approval. 
  • Teaching experience encouraged
  • Some experience or interest in working with children

Key Qualifications

  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Physical requirements include kneeling, bending, standing, and lifting up to 25 lbs 
  • Ability to speak during program duration without accommodation

Application Process

Upload and attach your resume and personal statement cover letter as specified below. All items must be received no later than March 31, 2023.

Resume or CV

Submit in application under Select Resume to Upload

Personal Statement Cover Letter

A detailed one to two page cover letter explaining your interest in an art museum career. Include information regarding your personal learning expectations for the internship; any prior museum or art related experience; and any teaching experience, especially working with children.

Submit in application under Upload Cover Letter

Mission: The Dallas Museum of Art is a space of wonder and discovery where art comes alive. 

The DMA will:

  • Place art and our diverse communities at the center around which all activities radiate.
  • Pursue excellence in collecting and programming, present works of art across cultures and time, and be a driving force in contemporary art.
  • Strengthen our position as a prominent, innovative institution, expanding the meaning and possibilities of learning and creativity.

Our Core Values

  • Act with Integrity: We are honest and ethical.
  • Build Inclusivity: We create spaces where everyone can feel like they belong.
  • Communicate Respectfully: We listen intentionally and advocate for diverse perspectives.
  • Embrace and Drive Change: We are innovative, creative, and solutions driven.
  • Foster Connections: We collaborate around shared goals.
  • Maintain Balance: We encourage ourselves and each other to reflect and recharge.
  • Remain Curious: We pursue personal and professional learning.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Dallas Museum of Art fosters equity, celebrates diversity, and supports inclusion. We acknowledge that diverse backgrounds and voices of visitors, volunteers, trustees, staff, and communities represented in the collection make us stronger and better equipped to make positive impacts locally, nationally, and internationally.


Society’s historical legacies and systemic barriers have created disparities in the communities we serve. Knowing this, we strive to expand and enhance arts opportunities for all.


Many factors—including but not limited to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetics, economic backgrounds, and experiences—make individuals and groups unique. Our goal is to ensure visitors, volunteers, trustees, staff, and collections reflect this diversity.


We commit to listening to and learning from diverse voices and perspectives. We create a vibrant and accessible social space that encourages dialogue and the exchange of ideas through arts and culture.


The Dallas Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The DMA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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