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Internships at the Wadsworth Atheneum

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.

Time Commitment
Fall & Spring: Approximately 12 hours per week for 10 weeks.
Summer: Approximately 20 hours per week for 8 to 10 weeks.Hours are flexible and are determined on an individual basis.

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.

Internships are unpaid unless otherwise specified.

New! Fall 2016 Internship Opportunities

Click the internship listing to view a description of the position and information regarding intern responsibilities, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.

Studio and School Programs Internship – Paid

European Decorative Arts Internship

European Decorative Arts Research Internship

American Art Internship

Human Resources Internship

How to Apply

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 2016 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) 838-4170 or

Summer Diversity Internship 2016 – Now Closed

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.

Applications for the 2016 Summer Diversity Internship are now closed.

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

Questions or Comments?

Internship Coordinator
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 838-4170