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. 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 juniors, seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students.


For more information on departments where interns can be assigned, please read our departmental descriptions.

Department Descriptions

  • Completed application form (see below)
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Letter of recommendation (academic is preferred, however a professional recommendation will be accepted) 
  • Internship application materials should be submitted by email to the Internship Program. Please name your files as: Firstname Lastname Filename (for example, Heidi Davis Resume)

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.

Key Application Dates

Summer 2019

Internship takes place between: May 21 - August 3, 2019

Applications Due: March 22, 2019

Acceptance Notifications Sent: April 12, 2019

Internship Candidate Acceptance Due: April 19, 2019


Fall 2019

Internship takes place between: August 20 - December 7, 2019

Applications Due: June 14, 2019

Acceptance Notifications Sent: July 12, 2019

Internship Candidate Acceptance Due: July 19, 2019


Spring 2020

Internship takes place between: January 14 - May 2, 2020

Applications Due: November 15, 2020

Acceptance Notifications Sent: December 6, 2020

Internship Candidate Acceptance Due: December 13, 2020


Summer 2020

Internship takes place between: May 19 - August 1, 2020

Applications Due: March 20, 2020

Acceptance Notifications Sent: April 10, 2020

Internship Candidate Acceptance Due: April 17, 2020


Fall 2020

Internship takes place between: August 18 - December 5, 2020

Applications Due: June 12, 2020

Acceptance Notifications Sent: July 10, 2020

Internship Candidate Acceptance Due: July 17, 2020