RISD Museum

The RISD Museum offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to interact with the general public. Many gain service learning experiences working behind the scenes with curators and assisting with programs geared towards children and families. Deborah Wilde, associate educator for Academic Programs, coordinates many of these opportunities, which include:

Summer Interns
The summer internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students in-depth exposure to the inner workings of the museum and its extraordinary works of art. Interns generally assist in a specific curatorial department and contribute to timely projects.

Student Gallery Lecturers
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for Art Shots, a volunteer tour program. Selected students learn to present public lectures in the galleries, speak about specific works of art during Gallery Night events and advise on programs designed for and by students.     

Sitings competition 
Sitings is an annual opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to submit proposals to create site-specific installations in the museum. This juried competition offers the potential for exhibiting work at one of the region’s most well-known museums and for learning from professional staff during each phase of the exhibition process. Students selected to participate receive a cash prize and implementation funds for their projects. 

HAVC Museum Fellows
Students pursuing a concentration in the History of Art and Visual Culture can apply for semester-long internships to work in a curatorial or education department and earn credit for the experience. Learn more »

Work Study positions
Students who hold work study jobs at the museum assist with open study hours in the Siskind Center, work with the imaging department and help prepare materials for and assist with workshops at Free-for-All Saturdays, a family-oriented event held each month.

More information on service learning opportunities at the museum is available on at risdmuseum.org.



These FAV students are using shadow puppets to create an evocative film.