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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.

  • American & European Decorative Arts – Curatorial Research Intern

The Wadsworth Atheneum is currently planning a comprehensive reinstallation of their silver collections. 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 an intern who will help research the silver collection.

Applicant: This position is open to undergraduate seniors and graduate students. The successful candidate will possess excellent research skills.

1 position available for the Fall 2019 semester. This internship is unpaid.

Time Commitment: 10 hours per week

Application Deadline: August 20, 2019

  • Development – Events Intern

The Development Department supports the mission of the museum to inspire appreciation for its collections and create meaningful experiences with programs that enrich diverse communities. The Development Events Intern will assist with database entry, phone calls, and other logistics for our Festival of Trees and Traditions fundraising event. Festival of Trees and Traditions has become an annual holiday custom for local and national visitors.  Every year, community members, artist and organizers decorate holiday trees and wreaths. The intern will support the planning of this important development event.  The intern may also be asked to assist with database entry for other development projects as needed.

Applicant: This position is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors and graduate students.  The successful candidate will be proficient with word and excel, and demonstrate exceptional attention to detail.

1 position available for the Fall 2019 semester. This internship is unpaid.

Time Commitment: 4-6 hours per week

Application Deadline: August 20, 2019

  • Development – Membership Intern

The primary role of this internship is to assist the Membership & Annual Fund Associate with monthly renewal notices.  This consists of regularly scheduled communications to existing members, including making phone calls to members, leaving messages and/or speaking over the phone, and mailing written/template communications. A successful intern will need to demonstrate excellent attention to detail and communicate clearly about progress toward monthly deadlines.  The intern may be asked to assist the Development Team with projects connected to events, such as tracking guest lists and marketing name tags.  The intern will be expected to help with check-in and way finding for one evening event per quarter.

Applicant: This position is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors and graduate students.  The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal communication skills, work experience in an office environment, be proficient in Outlook, Word and Excel. 

1 position available for the fall 2019 and/or spring 2020 semesters. This Internship is unpaid.

Time Commitment: 4-6 hours per week.

Application Deadline: August 20, 2019

  • Library and Archives – Archives Intern

The Wadsworth Atheneum’s archives contain the historical records of the museum, dating back to its founding in 1842 to the present. These records include official documents, photographs, correspondence, audiovisual material, catalogs, bulletins, annual reports, and memorabilia. The museum archive seeks an intern to help research, record, and standardize administrative information about a small collection of manuscript materials in our collections. The intern, under the supervision of Library & Archives staff, will learn about two important facets of archives work: accessioning and archival description.

 Applicant: This position is open to an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in Library and Information Science, Art History, History, Museum Studies, or related area, with interest in learning about archives work. Experience with MS Office Suite, particularly Microsoft Excel and/or Microsoft Access required.

1 position available for the Fall 2019 semester. This Internship is unpaid.

 Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per week.

 Application Deadline: September 9, 2019

  • 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.

1 position available for the fall 2019 semester. This Internship is unpaid.

 Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per week.

 Application Deadline: September 9, 2019

  • 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.

1 position available for the fall 2019 semester. This Internship is unpaid.

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.

 Application Deadline: September 9, 2019

 

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