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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.

Spring & Summer 2018 Internships

Finance Intern (Posted April 23, 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.

Registrar Intern (Posted March 29, 2018)

The Registrar Intern will work with the Head Registrar and Associate Registrar to conduct an inventory of Costume & Textile collections by gathering data in an organized manner and assisting with related record management and photographic documentation. Occasionally, the Intern may be asked to assist with other projects on an ad hoc basis.
The successful candidate should be extremely organized and detail oriented, able to work cooperatively in a team, and able to adapt to a sudden change in work plans. Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds. Familiarity with relational databases and data entry a plus.

Applicant: This position is open to Juniors, Seniors, or graduate students.

Time Commitment: 10 hours/week

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

Summer Community Studio Intern (Posted February 13, 2018)

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 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; 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 the Juneteenth Family Day and Second Saturdays for Families.

Applicant: 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 position is open to Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, or graduate students.

Time Commitment: 15 hours/week for 8 weeks

This is a paid internship offering $1,600 for 8 weeks.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2018
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: 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