Links Internship Program


The Links Internship Program is a 13-week, paid, educational opportunity for a talented African American student exploring a career in museums, arts management, cultural organizations, education, business administration, or nonprofits. 

The intern will have assigned projects to complete during the defined period of the internship, but will also participate in broader aspects of the museum’s operations. A tailored educational experience in the student’s area of study will be provided. The intern will receive supervision throughout the internship to ensure the participant gains the most benefit from this partnership with the Des Moines Art Center.

The duration of this internship is four months starting in mid to late January; actual schedule, including start and end dates, will be set by the intern in conjunction with the Art Center. The intern will work approximately 100 hours during the internship period, and will be paid $10 per hour.


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university undergraduate or graduate program 

Required Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three References

This internship program is sponsored by The Links, Inc., one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

To be considered for this position, please fill out the application below.

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Application Materials


Unless otherwise stated, I voluntarily give the Des Moines Art Center the right to make a thorough investigation of my past employment and activities. I agree to cooperate in such investigation, and release from all liability all persons, companies, or corporations supplying such information. If an offer of employment is given, I understand I must successfully complete a pre-employment criminal background check. I am also aware that I will be required to provide proof/identification that I am eligible to work in the United States. I certify that information given in this application is accurate and complete, and understand that inaccurate information may be cause for termination if discovered after employment begins.

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