Internship Program

The Figge offers a variety of internships based on departmental need. Internships in the Education and Curatorial departments are designed for upper-level undergraduates, recent college graduates and graduate students who are studying arts administration, art history, education, museum studies and other fields. Visitor Services internships provide opportunities to expand management skills.

The objective of the internship program is to offer practical experience to individuals interested in pursuing careers in art museums, art-related fields, and even technical fields. Interns gain a broad understanding of how a particular department functions within the context of the museum, as well as specific skills related to that department’s activities.  

Internship position descriptions:

Education Assistant
Marketing Assistant
Museum Services Data Assistant
Studio Assistant
Education Research and Outreach Assistant
Exhibitions Technician Assistant
Registration Intern
To apply please send cover letter indicating the internship and semester of interest and resume to:

Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801 or

WIU Master of Arts in Museum Studies
The Master of Arts in Museum Studies is administered through the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Western Illinois University (WIU). Learn more.

Institutional Membership Program
The Figge offers college and universities unique, unlimited access to the museum through its Institutional Membership Program.
Institutional Membership benefits include:
• Students, faculty, and staff receive unlimited free admission with valid ID, as well as the use of the Museum's Library and related resources free of charge. Students, faculty, and staff need only show their current university ID to ensure free admission to theFigge Art Museum year-round during our regular hours

• Faculty members may bring classes to the Figge without admission fees

• Free private guided tours. See highlights of the permanent collection or special exhibitions
To find out more about this program, contact the Figge Development Office at 563.326.7804 x2047.

A new Education initiative ensures the Figge is always accessible to college students and faculty.

Special Studies

Professors may request to view up to five works from the permanent collection that are not on display. Please schedule your visit at least three weeks in advance. We need the following information:

• College or university
• Name of the class
• Professor’s contact information (telephone and email)
• Class roster
• Date of the art study visit
• Titles of the works of art and accession number (available on Figge website)

Classroom Assignments
Admission is free to students who are completing a classroom writing assignment. Professors need to submit the following information prior to the first student visit:

• College or university
• Name of the class
• Professor’s contact information (telephone and email)
• Class roster
• Time period the students will visit

To schedule a visit
Contact Heather Aaronson at 563.326.7804 x2045 or

Supported by Brand Boeshaar Foundation and Hubbell Waterman Foundation.

The Education Department is committed to helping visitors of all ages and diverse learning styles gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the Figge’s unique collections and changing exhibitions. Programs and services are designed to promote life-long learning in the visual arts, stimulate independent and critical thinking skills, and encourage visitors to see the world around them differently.