2015 Internship Information

As part of the Frist Center’s experiential learning program, non-paid internships are designed to introduce college students to the many career pathways offered within a non-collecting non-profit arts center. Internships are offered during the school year, coinciding with the fall semester, spring semester, and summer break. The internship program is ideal for students participating in independent studies or courses that require internships or practicum credits. Successful candidates may arrange academic credit through their colleges and universities.

Internship projects are based on the applicant’s academic requirements, skills and interests, and the needs of the Frist Center. Students receive guidance by the Frist Center staff and educators, as well as the cooperating educator from their college or university.

The following departments /areas within the Frist Center offer internships:
• Communications
• Curatorial
• Design
• Development
• Education

Graduate, senior, or junior level college students are preferred; in some cases lower division students with faculty recommendations will be considered. Majors in art history, arts management, business, communications, education, English, graphic design, marketing, museum studies, studio art, and/or related areas of study are desired.

Hours vary and are flexible, but a minimum of 8 hours per week is generally expected. Students should be available during Frist Center hours:

10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Wednesday, Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Thursday & Friday
1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sunday


Application Process:

To be considered for an internship, you must submit a packet containing all of the following:
• A cover letter explaining why you would like to participate in the Internship Program at the Frist Center, and how it fits into your long-term career goals.
• A letter of faculty recommendation
• The completed Intern Application Form

The Frist Center will not accept any digital application packets but only those sent via regular mail at the below address. You will be immediately notified by email when your application packet has arrived.

All internship opportunities at the Frist Center are non-paid. Please note that this is a competitive program and submitting an application does not guarantee internship. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is committed to offering equal participation in all programs without regard to race, creed, national origin, age, gender, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Candidates who have been selected for interview will be contacted directly.
Applications should be submitted to:

Jessica Orvis
Education Department
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
919 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203


2015 Internship Program Deadlines:

Spring 2015 Internships
Application Deadline:  October 31, 2014
Application Review Period:  November 3–17, 2014
Acceptance/Decline Letters Mailed:  November 24, 2014
Internship Start Date:   January 16, 2015
Internship End Date:   May 8, 2015
Length of Internship:   16 weeks
Required Commitment:  128 hours (8 hours/week minimum)
Stipend: No stipends are available. All internship opportunities at the Frist Center are non-paid.
Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled in a College or University. Preference given to Junior or Senior level college and university students, graduate students and international students


Summer 2015 Internships
Application Deadline:  March 13, 2015
Application Review Period:  March 16–March 27, 2015
Acceptance/Decline Letters Mailed:  April 6, 2015
Internship Start Date:   May 15, 2015
Internship End Date:   July 24, 2015
Length of Internship:   10 weeks
Required Commitment:  80 hours (8 hours/week minimum)
Stipend: No stipends are available. All internship opportunities at the Frist Center are non-paid.
Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled in a College or University. Preference given to Junior or Senior level college and university students, graduate students and international students


Fall 2015 Internships
Application Deadline:  July 6, 2015
Application Review Period:  July 7–20, 2015
Acceptance/Decline Letters Mailed:  July 27, 2015
Internship Start Date:   August 28, 2015
Internship End Date:   December 11, 2015
Length of Internship:   16 weeks
Required Commitment:  128 hours (8 hours/week minimum)
Stipend: No stipends are available. All internship opportunities at the Frist Center are non-paid.
Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled in a College or University. Preference given to Junior or Senior level college and university students, graduate students and international students

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