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Individuals from a variety of academic backgrounds and employment experiences are invited to apply for an internship at the Wadsworth Atheneum. With your choice of assignment in nearly every museum department, the opportunities for professional growth are endless. No matter which avenue you explore, you’ll find yourself amidst world-class art collections and advised by knowledgeable museum professionals. Working on various assignments, you will take part in furthering our mission to bring the best in art and culture to the Hartford community and beyond.

The Internship Program at the Wadsworth Atheneum is designed to introduce both students and professionals interested in pursuing a career in the museum field to the inner workings of an art museum though involvement in our daily operations. Our goal is to create an individualized experience for each intern, matching the specific needs of each department with the talents, career aspirations and passions of individual applicants. We strongly believe in developing a mutually beneficial relationship: interns gain experience conducting real-world activities in concert with a staff mentor, while the museum receives assistance with key projects and encourages interns to pursue a museum career.

Internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students, recently graduated students eager to gain museum experience, and museum professionals interested in career changes or are currently in-between positions. Preference is given to candidates who have completed at least two years of undergraduate coursework.

Internships are offered during the fall and spring semesters, as well as in the summer. Internship availability is dependent upon the needs of museum departments.

Internship Placements
Internships are available in a variety of areas, with related university coursework recommended for placement in specific departments. With special consideration given to the applicant’s placement preferences, interns are assigned to the department that best matches their academic background, professional experience, career aspirations and passion.

Internships are offered in the following departments:

  • Archives
  • Curatorial
  • Education
  • Institutional Advancement
  • Library
  • Museum Design
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Registrar
  • Visitor Services

Descriptions of collections and job responsibilities within the above departments are available here.

Internships are also available at The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, a separate arts organization housed within the museum.

Intern Responsibilities
Interns participate in the ongoing work of the department to which they are assigned and are expected to complete a project or some portion of a major project during their term of service. Specific responsibilities are determined by the current needs of the department as well as the demonstrated skills of the intern.

Internships do not carry a stipend. Living arrangements are the intern’s responsibility to coordinate.

Internship Hours
Fall and Spring Interns: Approximately 12 hours per week for 10 weeks.
Summer Interns: Approximately 20 hours per week for 8 to 10 weeks.

The number of hours worked per week will ultimately be determined by departmental need, the intern’s academic schedule, and the academic requirements that govern the receipt of credit for the internship (if applicable).

Internship for Credit
Interns can request academic credit for their internship and must coordinate such efforts with their university advisor, their museum mentor, and our Internship Coordinator.

Application Deadlines & Guidelines
Applications must be received by the deadlines listed below. After applications are received, a personal or phone interview may be scheduled. If you are chosen to be interviewed, it will be several weeks before you are notified.

  • Summer 2015: Friday, February 20, 2015

Internship applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed Intern Cover Sheet
  2. Resume
  3. Statement of interest
  4. Writing sample
  5. Official academic transcript(s)
  6. Two letters of recommendation

Click here for more specific information on the required application materials.

Please send all inquiries and completed applications to the contact listed below. All application materials except the official academic transcript can be sent via e-mail. Please note that if you choose to send your letters of recommendation via email, they must come directly from the one writing the letter (professor). Although not preferred, application materials may arrive separately. Please do not staple any of your materials.

Internship Coordinator
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT  06103

Phone: (860) 838-4170
Fax: (860) 249-7780