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2024 Public Relations Intern - Summer (Housing/Relocation Assistance Provided)

The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Founded by philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton, Crystal Bridges is a public non-profit charitable organization. 


Job Description:

Position Title: 2024 Public Relations Intern-Summer  (Housing/Relocation Assistance Provided)

Position Type: Paid Intern

Division: Public Relations     

Department: Marketing and Communications       

Reports to: Senior Public Relations Director           


Crystal Bridges is a museum of American art located in Bentonville, Arkansas. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate the American heritage and artistic possibilities.


We are passionate about transforming lives through experiences that encourage the discovery of new ideas, expanded dreams, and inspired actions.


As an intern at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you will be empowered to think creatively, ask questions, and make suggestions to help move the institution forward.


Position Summary:


The Crystal Bridges Public Relations Internship is an outstanding opportunity for a student or recent graduate looking to round out his or her portfolio and resume with real-world application of media and public relations practice. The Public Relations Intern will learn how an in-house communications department supports the goals and objectives of Crystal Bridges and the Momentary through deployment of specific promotional channels and tactics supporting a variety of projects from start to finish and ranging from large to small.

The Public Relations Intern will gain an understanding of how varied communications pieces support the Museum’s promotions and branding. Sample hands-on tactics will include executing communications plans, writing for various media, issuing messages via social media, and earned media, refining pitching, follow-up, and results-reporting skills. The performance will be evaluated on the ability to meet deadlines, follow directions, and contribute workable solutions to public relations challenges. 


This 8-week summer internship commences on June 3, 2024 and ends July 26, 2024. The intern is expected to work up to 40 hours per week. The stipend is paid biweekly. Pay rate for undergraduate students is $13/hr. Pay for graduate students is $14/hr. Housing near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is provided (Two interns per bedroom).


Relocation assistance will be provided.  How will this work?  The selected intern for this position will be required to cover the cost of relocation and will be reimbursed within 2 weeks of their internship program’s start date.


Areas of Support:

The Public Relations Intern will support the following areas:   

  • Social media
  • Public Relations
  • E-newsletter and online communications
  • Results Tracking and Reporting


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completed fundamental and advanced coursework in journalism, marketing, public relations, English or related program at the college level.
  • Demonstrated experience in use of social media.
  • Polished written and verbal communications and an ability to adapt voice to message.
  • Familiarity with using computers and the Internet as research and communications tools.
  • Ability to accept and synthesize constructive critique of work.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Photography skills a plus.
  • Sign a confidentiality agreement.



  • Month: June 3, 2024-July 26, 2024
  • Weeks: 8 weeks
  • Hours: 40 hours per week
  • Weekly schedule to be arranged with direct supervisor



  • Applications due: April 15th
  • Intern selected by: April 26th 
  • Anticipated Start Date: June 3rd


Required Documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume



  • High School Interns: $12.00
  • Undergraduate Interns: $13.00
  • Graduate Interns: $14.00


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Physical demands:  In the work environment described below, position requires work at a desk, utilizing a computer and a telephone for prolonged periods of time, good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for filing, and physical stamina to lift a minimum of 25 pounds to a height of at least three feet for file and materials storage as appropriate for the demands of the office. Visual acuity to review written materials is required for this job.
  • Work environment:  Work will be performed in an office environment and museum spaces. The noise level in the museum work environment is usually low to moderate.
  • If the intern’s personal equipment is used, the museum accepts no liability for any damage caused to said equipment while being used for museum purposes, nor loss or corruption of electronic files on devices.


All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement and background check. In addition, you will need to provide proper identification verifying your eligibility to work in the United States on your first day of work.


Crystal Bridges is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.