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

Spring 2020

Internship takes place between: January 21 - May 9, 2020 

Applications Due: December 20, 2019 

Acceptance Notifications Sent: January 1, 2020 

Internship Candidate Acceptance Due: January 10, 2020 


Summer 2020

Internship takes place between: May 18 - August 1, 2020 

Applications Due: April 10, 2020 

Acceptance Notifications Sent: May 1, 2020 

Internship Candidate Acceptance Due: May 8, 2020 


Fall 2020

Internship takes place between: August 17 - December 5, 2020 

Applications Due: July 10, 2020 

Acceptance Notifications Sent: August 1, 2020 

Internship Candidate Acceptance Due: August 7, 2020