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 10-week 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 15
SUMMER: May–July | application deadline: March 17
FALL: August–December | application deadline: July 9
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.
Part of our shared commitment with The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab, the Metadata Squad prepares students for careers in cultural heritage fields.