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Fall 2016 Internship Placements will be posted soon – check back for more information.

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.

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.

New! Summer Diversity Internship 2016

The Summer Diversity Internship at the Wadsworth Atheneum provides one undergraduate student with in-depth training in a world-class art collection under the mentorship of seasoned museum professionals. The purpose of the internship is to broaden opportunities for those underrepresented in the museum field.

The Summer Diversity Internship is open to currently enrolled undergraduate juniors and seniors from diverse backgrounds. Recognizing that diversity is multi-faceted, applicants are asked to submit an essay addressing how their unique experiences contribute to diversity in the museum field (see Application Guidelines). Non-art history majors with an interest in art, history, museums, non-profits, or community engagement are encouraged to apply. Additional requirements are listed under each placement description.

Internship Placements
Applicants have a choice of placement in one of three museum positions and must indicate a selection in their Statement of Interest (see Application Guidelines).  Internship placements are available for an Education Intern and Development Gala Intern. Click here to read full descriptions of each placement.

Dates and Compensation

8 weeks between May–August 2016. Exact start and end dates are flexible.
Full time: five days, thirty-five hours/week with some weekend and evening work as assigned

The selected candidate will receive a stipend of $3,200. Housing arrangements must be managed by the selected intern. Academic credit offered upon request.

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

The Summer Diversity Internship application deadline is Monday, May 2, 2016. No late submissions accepted.

The Summer Diversity Internship is generously supported by Connecticut Natural Gas.