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Individuals from various 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 will find yourself amidst world-class art collections and advised by knowledgeable museum professionals. Working on in-depth assignments, you will take part in furthering our mission to bring the best in art and culture to the Hartford community and beyond.

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

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 encyclopedic art museum. Our goal is to create an individualized experience for each intern, matching the specific needs of museum departments with the talents, career aspirations, and passions of 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, 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, and 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, and career aspirations.

Internships are offered in the following departments:

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

Click here for descriptions of job responsibilities within the above departments.

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 and 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: Approximately 12 hours per week for 10 weeks.
  • Summer: 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 may request academic credit for their internship and must coordinate such efforts with their university adviser, their museum mentor, and our Internship Coordinator.

Application Deadlines and Guidelines
Applications must be received by the deadlines listed below. No exceptions will be made. After applications are reviewed by staff, an in-person or phone interview may be scheduled. If you are chosen to be interviewed, it will be several weeks before you are notified.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall 2015: Friday, June 5, 2015
  • Spring 2016: Friday, October 2, 2015
  • Summer 2016: Friday, February 5, 2016

Internship applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed 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 required application materials.

New! Summer Diversity Internship 2015

Designed to broaden opportunities for those underrepresented in the museum field, the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Summer Diversity Internship provides one student with in-depth training as they work amidst a world-class art collection and are advised by seasoned museum professionals.

Undergraduate juniors and seniors and graduate students from diverse backgrounds are invited to take part in this intensive field experience. The program encourages applications from African-American, Alaskan, Asian-American, Hispanic, Latino/Latina, Native American, or Pacific Islander candidates, and is open to United States citizens only. Preference is given to applicants majoring in art history, museum studies, museum education, art education, or studio art.

Dates and Compensation
10 weeks between May–August 2015
Full time: five days, 35 hours/week

One stipend of $4,000 is available. Housing arrangements must be managed by the selected intern. Academic credit offered upon request.

Click here for more information about the Summer Diversity Internship, including position descriptions and application guidelines.

The Summer Diversity Internship application deadline is Friday, May 1, 2015. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

All application materials, except the official academic transcript, may be emailed to Please note: if you choose to send your letters of recommendation via email, they must come directly from the one writing the letter (professor). Although not preferable, application materials may arrive separately. Do not staple any of your materials.

Please send all inquiries and completed applications to:
Internship Coordinator
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

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