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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 fulfilling credit requirements with their college or university, their museum mentor, and the Internship Coordinator.

During the Summer 2017, funding is available for a Summer Diversity Intern. This funded internship is intended to attract a candidate who is underrepresented in the corps of museum and arts professionals. This is a paid, full-time position for 8-10 weeks to work on any of the available internship positions listed below.

Internships are unpaid unless otherwise specified.

Summer 2017 Internships

American Decorative Arts Internship (posted February 7, 2017)

The American Decorative Arts intern will work with the Richard Koopman Curator of American Decorative Arts to assist with collections research and interpretation, to help develop ideas for future exhibitions, and to help conduct a major collections assessment of objects currently housed in storage. The intern’s duties will include researching objects in the permanent collection in addition to 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.

Time Commitment: Minimum of 10 hours per week.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in one or more of the following: art, art history, American studies, material culture studies, English, and/or American history. Excellent writing, research, and creative thinking skills are required. This internship is open to undergraduate seniors and graduate students, and is not limited to art history majors.

Application Deadline: March 21, 2017
See “How to Apply for an Internship” below.

Summer Community Studio Intern (posted February 7, 2017)

The Education Department seeks an enthusiastic studio assistant to facilitate the Summer Community Studio program under the mentorship of a teaching artist. This program encourages artistic exploration among groups of Hartford youth between the ages of 5-18 by providing hands-on art-making activities directly related to the museum’s collections. Intern responsibilities include developing a curriculum for docent-guided tours; encouraging creativity among program participants; reinforcing the themes and goals of the program; conducting observation and evaluation of participants; reinforcing the themes and goals of the program; conducting observation and evaluation of participants; and assisting in teaching the hands-on art activity. The studio assistant will also work with a variety of museum staff to support youth and community programs as needed, including Juneteenth Family Day and Second Saturdays for Families.

Time Commitment: About 15 hours/week for 8 weeks (negotiable). This internship pays $1,600 for the summer.

Preference will be given to applicants with experience working with children and youth. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are desired. Night and weekend hours may be required. This internship is open to undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors, and is not limited to art history majors.

Application Deadline: March 21, 2017
See “How to Apply for an Internship” below.

European Decorative Arts Internship (posted February 14, 2017)

The intern would work with the curator of European Decorative Arts on various aspects of an exhibition about the financier and collector, J. Pierpont Morgan, scheduled to open in September 2017. Work may involve liaising with exhibition design and education. It may also involve searching for and procuring images related to Morgan and Hartford.

Time Commitment: 3-4 days per week.
The successful candidate will be able to work independently to complete tasks; have good organizational skills; be a creative thinker; and good writing skills. This internship is open to undergraduate juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Application Deadline: March 21, 2017
See “How to Apply for an Internship” below.

American Art Internship (posted February 15, 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.

Time Commitment: 2-3 days a week.

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

Application Deadline: March 21, 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 Intern@wadsworthatheneum.org with the subject line SUMMER 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