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Student Employment

The Wolfsonian opens pathways to museum careers by expanding and enhancing professional development opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at Florida International University. Please see below for information about current programs and eligibility.

Undergraduate | Internships

The Wolfsonian employs FIU undergraduate students through various semester-long, part-time internships designed to maximize hands-on training and exposure to a wide variety of museum operations and practices. Focusing on building core and specialized skills required by aspiring arts professionals, the Wolfsonian internship experience includes project-based assignments in host departments, mentorship opportunities, and access to professional development activities such as career roundtables, off-site collection tours, and cover letter and resume writing workshops.

Beginning in 2023, all positions will be paid at $20 per hour, funded by a 3-year, $250,000 Museums Empowered grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that equips students with the resources and support they need to succeed in the arts.

Our internships follow FIU's academic calendar, require a commitment of 10–20 hours per week (within normal business hours, Monday–Friday), and are on-site unless otherwise noted.

SPRING: January–April | application deadline: October 29
SUMMER: May–July | application deadline: March 17
FALL: August–December | application deadline: July 9

  • Academic Credit

    The Wolfsonian is happy to meet specific university requirements so that interns can receive course credit, however this must be arranged through the student's advisor or program head; options and opportunities vary by unit.

  • Available Positions

    The application cycle for Spring 2024 Wolfsonian internships is now closed. Please check back soon for information on Summer 2024.

Graduate | Metadata Squad

The Wolfsonian Metadata Squad are graduate-level FIU students tasked with strengthening our knowledge about the museum's vast holdings. Through online fact-checking and networking with experts around the world—an experience that introduces future work options in the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums)—these research assistants verify and enrich Wolfsonian collection metadata while supporting our ongoing digitization efforts.

All Metadata Squad members receive:

  • A tuition waver
  • Insurance benefits
  • $9,000 stipend sponsored by their academic department
  • Access to our curatorial team and a suite of enrichment activities including department talks, hands-on activities, and career readiness sessions

Graduate assistants must maintain full-time enrollment at FIU (9 credit hours per semester) and commit to working 20 hours per week at the museum. Per FIU's academic guidelines, they cannot simultaneously hold any other position without written approval from the University Graduate School.

  • Members to Date

    Adriana Romero
    Bo Rodgers
    Brahim Almarales
    Chantal Amallares
    Crystal Garcia*
    Daniel Valladares*
    Denise Balbino
    Genevieve Rossin
    Isabel Brador
    Jeannette Portuondo
    Jonathan Klein
    Jorge Paradilla
    Joshua Wolf
    Lauraelena Guerrero
    Leonardo Falcon
    Margaret Merrill
    Meghann Chavez
    Rafael Portilla
    Shawbeta Seal
    Susana Perez
    Ynes Moreno* 

    *2-year assistantships
  • Post-Program Careers

    The Metadata Squad program was founded in Fall 2015 and boasts a 100% employment rate. All "alumni" have completed their degrees in 2 years or less and have gone on to enjoy successful careers in positions such as historic preservationist, art collection manager, and digital assets specialist.

    Former Metadata Squaders have found employment with the following organizations:

    Miami-Dade County Public Schools
    Miami-Dade Public Libraries