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Internships at the Wadsworth Atheneum are currently suspended in accordance with the CDC recommendations related to the Covid-19 health crisis.  This page will be updated as soon as more information is 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 experienced 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, however, during Summer 2020, interns are eligible for a $2000 stipend.

 

  • American Art Intern

The American Art Intern will assist with collections research and interpretation to foster ideas for future exhibitions on a wide-range of art historical topics and time periods, ranging from history painting, early American portraiture, folk art, modernism, and modern design. The intern’s duties will include researching paintings, sculpture, and works on paper in the permanent collection dating from the Revolutionary War to World War II.  There will be some opportunity to develop didactics such as in-gallery texts and object labels. The intern will experience the day-to-day workflow of the curatorial field by attending meetings with the education, museum design, registration, marketing, and fundraising departments as needed.

Applicant: This position is open to seniors and graduate students.  The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in one or more of the following: art, art history, American studies, English, American History. Excellent writing, research, and creative thinking skills will be required. Experience with collections databases a plus.

Time Commitment: 12-15 hours per week during the summer

Review of applications will begin immediately.

 

  • American and European Decorative Arts Curatorial Intern

The Wadsworth Atheneum is currently planning a comprehensive reinstallation of the silver collections as well as a Connecticut tall case clock exhibition that will focus on crossovers in the clockmaking and silversmithing trades. Our goal is it to illustrate how precious metalwork—whether via style, form, provenance, or materials—fits into and enhances the larger story of American and European art. For this project we are looking for a research intern who will look into the broader discussions of the transatlantic world and the nature of cultural exchange through the material silver.

Applicant: This position is open to graduate students with excellent research skills.

Time Commitment: 35 hours per week for 6-8 weeks during the summer 2020.

This internship will be unpaid. Housing can be provided.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

 

  • Conservation Intern

The intern will work with the Objects Conservator to carry out infrared analysis (FTIR) of two general classes of materials: synthetic polymers found in exhibition materials and adhesives and binders present in or on museum collections. Analysis of exhibition materials will compliment accelerated aging tests and the results will guide relevant museum decisions. Analysis of art object materials will inform conservation decision making. The intern will read relevant selections from the conservation literature and consult with conservation scientists at major museums about similar projects. The intern will produce a chart/database comparing IR and accelerated aging test results and a short essay describing the results.

Advanced chemistry major trained in Infrared Spectroscopy.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

 

  • Library and Archives – Cataloguing Intern

The library and archives of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art support the curatorial research and exhibition activity of museum staff, while providing reference resources to scholars, students, and the public. The Cataloguing Intern will have the unique opportunity to assist with cataloguing the Auerbach Art Library’s full range of holdings including scholarly monographs, exhibition catalogues, fine art periodicals, museum bulletins, and auction catalogues. Additionally, the intern will help update existing catalogue records.

Applicant: This position is open to graduate students.  The successful candidate will possess both outstanding attention to detail and experience cataloguing library materials. Experience can include graduate level coursework and/or relevant work experience. Original cataloguing experience is desirable. Reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian is preferred, but not required.

Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per week.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

 

  • Library and Archives – Special Collections Intern

The library and archives of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art support the curatorial research and exhibition activity of museum staff, while providing reference resources to scholars, students, and the public. The Special Collections Intern will help inventory, research, and describe library and archives resources to update the department’s records. Working closely with library and archives staff, the intern will implement appropriate preservation procedures for special collections and historical materials. At the end of the term, interns are presented with the opportunity to write a short article describing their work for the Auerbach Library Associates Newsletter.

Applicant: The successful candidate will be a college sophomore, junior, or senior with a demonstrated interest in Art History, History, Library Science, or Museum Studies. Facility with Microsoft Word and Excel, research skills, and strong attention to detail required. Reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian preferred, but not required.

Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per week.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

 

  • Exhibition Preparation Intern

The intern will work with the museum art handlers to learn the basics of exhibition preparation and design including lighting, safety hazard assessment, tools organization, inventory tracking, and other logistics and standard practices.

Ideal position for a visual arts, curatorial, art history, or museum studies major. The intern should be able to lift at least 30 lbs, have basic math skills, and familiarity with power tools and applications. Open to seniors and graduate students.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

 

  • Collection Management Intern

The Collection Management intern will work in the Registrar’s office to support a broad range of tasks. The intern will update documentation for works of art in the museum’s permanent collection that have recently appeared in exhibition catalogs and other publications; will engage in the digital scanning of photographs from object files for inclusion in the museum’s object-collection-management database; will name digital object files following office standards; will assist and respond to inquiries from scholars and staff; and will gain experience with a variety of projects and department functions.

Applicant: This position is open to an undergraduate or graduate student with interest in learning about museum collections management. Attention to detail is crucial.

Time Commitment: 6-10 hours per week.

 Review of applications will begin immediately.

 

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 Intern@wadsworthatheneum.org 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 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