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Internships at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Internships will be posted as they become available.

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art offers a variety of internship opportunities to undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The Internship Program is designed to introduce students interested in pursuing a career in the museum field to the inner workings of an encyclopedic art museum under the guidance of experience museum professionals.

Academic Credit
Internships may be taken for credit. It is the responsibility of the intern to request academic credit and coordinate credit requirements with their college or university, their museum mentor, and the Internship Coordinator.

Internships are unpaid unless otherwise specified.

Fall 2017 Internships

Library/Archives Intern (posted September 11, 2017)

The Library/Archives Intern will provide assistance to the head librarian to help to inventory and organize the library resources and materials. The intern will check library catalogue records, use a variety of reference databases, and occasionally research materials and resources in the library. The intern will assist with a variety of problem-solving issues, including space and data management.

Applicant: The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in library science, art, art history, or history. Excellent research skills, self-motivation, and attention to detail are required. This internship is not limited to art history majors. Open to upper level undergraduate seniors and graduate students.

Application Deadline: Rolling
See “How to Apply for an Internship” below.

Membership Development Intern (posted August 1, 2017)

The Membership Intern will assist the Membership Coordinator in data entry, sending out monthly membership renewal notices, receiving new renewal memberships, and processing new acknowledgement letters. The Membership Intern will also assist the Membership Coordinator in planning and facilitating member events at the museum.

Applicant: The successful candidate will be a junior, senior, or a graduate student. Candidates should have experience with data entry; excellent writing, editing, research, creative thinking, and customer service skills as well as a very personable demeanor. Candidates should have an interest in development, art, art history, or history.

Time Commitment: 1-2 days/ week, 3-5 hours/day

Application Deadline: September 30, 2017
See “How to Apply for an Internship” below.

Bilingual Education Intern (posted August 2, 2017)

In an effort to broaden museum audiences, the Wadsworth Atheneum seeks an intern to engage Spanish-speaking visitors. The Bilingual Education Intern will work with the Director of Education and the Youth & Community Programs Manager to conduct and maintain accurate research about bilingual programs at museums. The intern will maintain positive rapport in front-line communication with visitors during Second Saturdays for Families and other community events. The intern will ensure that the Wadsworth Atheneum stays current in themes and subject matter relating to, but not limited to the Latinx community, and will assist in ongoing communication with local partners.

Applicant: The successful candidate will be an undergraduate or graduate student who demonstrates an interest in art, art history, and/or community programming. This internship is not limited to art history majors, but applicants must possess a strong command of both English and Spanish. Applicants should also have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills as well as strong research and problem-solving skills.

Time Commitment: 10-12 hours/week.
Stipend: This is a paid internship, with a stipend of $1500, to be distributed bi-weekly.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2017
See “How to Apply for an Internship” below.


How to Apply for an Internship at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Candidates must submit the following materials:

  1. A complete Internship Application Cover Sheet, which can be found here.
  2. A current resume or CV confirming the eligibility requirements and listing relevant professional experience and academic work.
  3. A statement of interest, describing in 500 words or less the applicant’s reasons and qualifications for the position, and how this internship is relevant to the achievement of future career goals.
  4. A writing sample, three to five pages in length.*
  5. Official academic transcript(s). Transcripts must be sent directly from the applicant’s college or university.
  6. Two letters of recommendation. Letters must be sent directly from the individual making the recommendation.

*Not applicable to the Library/Archives internship.

Please send all materials except for official academic transcripts to with the subject line FALL 2017 Internship Application.

Official academic transcripts should be sent to:

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

Questions may be directed to (860) 838-4060 or

Questions or Comments?

Internship Coordinator
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 838-4060