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Museum Interns

For Students

Currently, we have three opportunities for student involvement at the McClung.

McClung Student Advisory Board | Undergraduate Internships | Graduate Research Assistantships

Do you have another idea? We’d love to hear it! Contact Katy Malone, Curator of Academic Programs, at katy@utk.edu.

Graduate Research Assistantships

The McClung Museum houses seven graduate research assistantships (GRAs) in Archaeology, Arts & Culture,Collections Management, Museum Education, Malacology, Paleoethnobotany, and 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 that is paid over the course of 12 months. About UT’s Graduate School.

Current Positions Available:

Museum Education GRA

The Museum Education Graduate Research Assistant works with the Curator of Education, serving as an interpreter of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture’s collection for K-12 students and teachers in the Knoxville metropolitan area. They help to develop and implement dynamic programming for the community, and support the Curator of Education by conducting research on the museum’s collections and upcoming exhibitions. Learn More. Deadline: March 1, 2020

Arts & Culture Collection Curatorial GRA

The Arts & Culture Collection Graduate Assistant provides support to the Arts & Culture Collection Curator, assisting with the museum’s exhibition program and collections research. The successful candidate will be responsible for a variety of curatorial and administrative tasks including exhibition research, planning and project management; managing correspondence; assisting with the coordination of didactic materials and exhibition documentation; and completing arts and culture related collections research and cataloguing assistance. Learn More. Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Collections Department GRA

The Collections GRA provides support to the museum’s collections registrar assisting with routine department duties and special projects including but not limited to responding to internal and external requests and inquiries pertaining to the collections, assisting with collections-based projects, and general office tasks. Learn More. Deadline: March 1, 2020


McClung Student Advisory Board

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.


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
  • Museum Education

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.

The deadline for spring 2020 has now closed. Please stay tuned for the museum’s next call for applicants in the fall semester.