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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

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