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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 2018 Internships

Membership Intern (Posted August 6, 2018)

This internship is perfect for someone interested in acquiring office experience. The Membership Intern will assist the Membership Office with detail-oriented, administrative tasks that include, but are not limited to: editing, proof-reading, printing letters; scanning documents; mailing; printing and coordinating the mailing of membership materials; and taking supply inventory

Applicant: The successful candidate is interested in office work, customer service, enjoys writing, has excellent attention to detail, and is comfortable answering office telephones. The candidate will also be proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Applications will be accepted from a college junior, senior, or a graduate student

Time Commitment: 2 days/week for 3 hours each day.

Application Deadline: Open until filled
See “How to Apply for an Internship” below.

American Art Intern (Posted July 9, 2018)

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 development departments.

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

Time Commitment: 2-3 days/week

Application Deadline: Open until filled
See “How to Apply for an Internship” below.

Finance Intern (Posted June 15, 2018)

The Finance Intern will assist with scanning, storing, and archiving of financial information. In addition, the Finance Intern may assist with cash reconciliation work. The Intern must be willing to operate photocopiers, scanners, and paper shredders, and will have the opportunity to learn Microsoft Excel.

Applicant: This position is open to undergraduate students.

Time Commitment: 7-14 hours/week during the summer

Application Deadline: Review of Applications begins immediately
See “How to Apply for an Internship” below.

Library Intern (posted June 15, 2018)

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: Open until filled
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 Wadsworth Atheneum 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