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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

Publications Intern (posted July 18, 2017)

The Publications Intern will work with the Exhibitions Manager to request images and artist permissions for the upcoming exhibition catalogue, Monsters & Myths: Trans-Atlantic Surrealism in the 1930s and 1940s. Duties will include contacting museums, art galleries, and private collectors to request high resolution images, contacting ARS, VAGA and individual artist estates to secure artist rights, corresponding with authors regarding their image lists, keeping detailed list of what has been requested/status of requests/ and requirements of image or rights holders, and following up on requests as needed. Create caption list for catalogue based on information provided by image and rights holders. Create art log (i.e. an excel sheet listing all images in catalogue) to be sent to publisher with image files. Additional exhibition-related research tasks to be assigned as needed.

Applicant: The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in one or more of the following: art, art history, Surrealism, the Spanish Civil War, World War II, current issues of copyright in the museum field, and an interest in the overall museum publication process. Candidate must have excellent communication skills and be extremely detail oriented. This internship is not limited to art history majors.

Time Commitment: 2-3 days per week.

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.

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