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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

American Art Intern (posted December 8, 2017)

The American Art intern will assist with collections research and interpretation to help develop ideas for future exhibitions on a wide-range of art historical topics and time periods, including history painting, portraiture, folk art, modernism, and surrealism; from the Revolutionary War to World War II. The intern’s duties will include researching paintings, sculpture, and works on paper in the permanent collection as well as identifying and researching artworks in other collections related to a specific theme, topic, or artist. The intern will create & maintain research files and maintain checklists for internal discussions with the curatorial, education, marketing, and fundraising departments.

Applicant: The successful candidate will be a senior or a graduate student. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in one or more of the following: art, art history, American studies, English, American History. Experience with collections databases a plus. Excellent writing, research, and creative thinking skills will be required. This Internship is not limited to art history majors.

Time Commitment: 2-3 days/ week

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

Library Intern (posted December 4, 2017)

The Special Collections Cataloging Intern will work with the Head of Library and Archives to inventory, assess, catalog, and process art library resources. The intern will work with materials of interest to the museum’s curatorial and education departments; these resources may include art books, exhibition catalogues, auction catalogues, and artist books.

Applicant: The successful candidate will have completed coursework in cataloging and possess experience in both original and copy cataloging. Knowledge of MARC21 cataloging formats required. Reading knowledge of German, French and/or Italian is preferred, but not required. Open to upper level undergraduate seniors and graduate students.

Time Commitment: About 10 hours/week

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

Membership Development Intern (posted December 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: Rolling
See “How to Apply for an Internship” below.

Bilingual Education Intern (posted December 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.

Application Deadline: Rolling
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 Intern@wadsworthatheneum.org 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 Intern@wadsworthatheneum.org.

Questions or Comments?

Contact:
Internship Coordinator
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 838-4060
Intern@WadsworthAtheneum.org