2022 Spring Internship Update 

Updated February 2022

For the safety and well-being of our students, guests, volunteers and staff, Newfields has made the decision to put an indefinite hold on our internship program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was not made lightly, but we feel it is necessary to support the health of our community. Keep an eye on this page for updates.



Newfields is more than a local cultural attraction with an international reputation. It’s also a small city that can help you figure out what you’re going to do in the big, wide world. You know that at Newfields you’ll find art, gardens, and performances. But you’ll also find designers, scientists, photographers, lawyers, and marketers, all looking for the chance to introduce you to what they do. Help them—and yourself—out by becoming an intern at Newfields.

We offer internships throughout the fall, spring, and summer semesters accepting applications year-round, as openings are available on Handshake. Availability varies throughout the year depending on departmental needs. Internships are project-based and include the ongoing work of the department to which they are assigned. Our program is designed to introduce you to all the inner workings of a cultural attraction, featuring both the Indianapolis Museum of Art and The Garden at Newfields. The Newfields Intern Program is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors,or graduate students.


Please note: applications are available through Handshake. To get started with a Handshake account, click here. For more information on departments where interns can be assigned, please read our departmental descriptions.

Department Descriptions

  • Completed application through Handshake (see below)
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Letter of recommendation (academic is preferred, however a professional recommendation will be accepted) 

Internship Application


Interns participate in regularly scheduled programming designed to provide a broader understanding of institutional operations and practices. These programs are consistently scheduled on Wednesdays during the summer, generally in the afternoon. Spring and fall programming schedules vary from semester to semester. Newfields Interns are encouraged to attend. Examples of programs include: Director’s discussion, tours of collections storage and conservation labs, panel discussions on current Newfields projects and issues in the museum community, special gallery tours.


Number of hours per week is dependent upon departmental assignment and student’s academic schedule. During the summer, interns are required to work a minimum of 25 hours per week and Wednesdays are required for intern programs and events. Hours during the fall and spring terms are flexible.