Arts and Cultural Heritage Intern: Job Description

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ("Foundation") is a not-for-profit, grant making organization that seeks to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.  It makes grants in three core program areas (higher education and scholarship in the humanities; arts and cultural heritage; and scholarly communications) as well as out of the Office of the President.  The Foundation seeks an Intern in the Arts and Cultural Heritage program.


The Arts and Cultural Heritage intern will gain exposure to philanthropic practice in the arts, humanities, and higher education, as well as an understanding of strategic communications, institutional research, and the investment field.  This may be accomplished through research assignments, grantee progress report reviews, inquiry reviews, attendance at convenings, presentation development, etc.

Position Details

This internship is intended to expose participants to the workings of philanthropy and leading institutions of arts and culture.  Emphasis is placed on developing the skills that are essential to navigating a collaborative, professional environment and gaining a sense of salient issues connecting practitioners across a variety of nonprofit organizations.  Interns will contribute to the day-to-day functioning of the area(s), participate in regular professional development and networking opportunities, and complete a long-term project designed in collaboration with their colleagues.


The successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in arts and culture
  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills
  • High level of detail orientation 
  • Facility with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Facility with web-based environments
  • Ability to work as a part of a dedicated and active team within a fast-moving environment
  • Reliability and commitment to delivering timely work products

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, and excellent working conditions.

Contact Information

Candidates should apply by submitting a thoughtful cover letter describing fit for the position together with a resume to:  Intern-Arts and Cultural Heritage.  The Foundation will consider each response carefully, but only contact those individuals it believes are most qualified for the position.