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Museum Interns

For Students

Currently, we have three opportunities for student involvement at the McClung. Do you have another idea? We’d love to hear it! Contact Katy Malone, curator of academic programs at katy@utk.edu.

McClung Student Advisory Board

Katie Brown at the Student Engagement Fair, 2019

The McClung Museum is looking for students who want to do more to support and influence their on-campus museum. Have fun and gain experience with leadership while starting something new at UT. The McClung Student Advisory Board will be open to all current UT students of good academic standing. To learn more, contact Sadie Counts at scounts2@vols.utk.edu.

Apply for the Board

Undergraduate Internships

Are you interested in a mission-driven career? Get your start by interning at UT’s on-campus museum. Earn credit hours while gaining hands-on experience and a broad perspective of the museum profession. Internships are open to all majors, with some preferences outlined for certain positions. Areas of specialization include:

  • Graphic Design
  • Communications
  • Development
  • Exhibition Curatorial
  • Malacology
  • Archaeology
  • Collections ManagementStudents working with a professor on research

Each week you will spend eight hours with your direct supervisor gaining skills in your area of interest. For two hours a week you will participate in group break-out sessions learning from other museum staff members, going on field trips, and rounding out your experience.

Each fall, look for the application and submission deadlines for the following spring semester on Handshake or contact Katy Malone, curator of academic programs, at katy@utk.edu for details.

Graduate Research Assistantships

The McClung Museum houses seven graduate research assistantships (GRAs) in:

  • Archaeology
  • Arts & Culture
  • Collections Management
  • Museum Education
  • Malacology
  • Paleoethnobotany
  • Academic Programs (university-level museum education)

GRA positions are only available to students who have been accepted into a graduate program at the UT Knoxville. Per university policy, each position requires a 20-hour-per-week commitment for a nine-month appointment paid over the course of 12 months.

When a position is available, we will post a detailed description with application requirements and any graduate program specifications in January for the following fall semester. Compensation is determined by the Office of the Provost. Learn more about UT’s GA policies.