Internships

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 are either paid or students can apply for academic 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.

Fall 2021 Internship Positions

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION INTERN (DIRECTOR’S OFFICE)

Seeking a motivated Business Administration Intern who is ready to apply knowledge of business practices and processes in a real-world environment. The intern will support the Museum’s Director and Executive Administrator and perform a variety of tasks; such as preparing communications and reports, writing and editing, maintaining web-based Trustee Portal; and maintaining electronic and physical filing system. This will be a valuable experience for any student pursuing a career in business administration.

Requirements:
Applicants must possess excellent writing and communication skills, superb attention to detail, be highly organized, and able to work independently. Knowledge of appropriate software including: Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat and Visio; ability to take detailed meeting minutes; and assist with meeting scheduling and preparation. Open to undergraduate or graduate applicants.

Preferred Major: Business Administration

Time Commitment: 15 hours/week

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 Cataloging Intern will be presented with the unique opportunity to assist with cataloging 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.

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

Time commitment: 8-10 hours/week

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

The Communications Intern will work with the Marketing and Communications Department to assist with promoting the museum’s exhibitions and programs. The intern will learn about communications strategy, media relations, and social media best practices. Reporting to the Digital Communications Specialist, the intern will assist with website and social media projects and will have the opportunity to develop social media stories templates and build an inventory of posts. Working with the Director of Marketing and the Communications Specialist, the intern will also assist with maintaining the press archives, editing and building the museum’s press contacts list, and updating museum listings on external calendars and websites. The intern will also contribute to a wayfinding signage assessment within the museum, building a spreadsheet tracker to help manage regular signage updates.  

Requirements
Applicants must possess excellent writing and communication skills, superb attention to detail, be highly organized, and able to work independently. A familiarity with social media required. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and WordPress a plus. Open to undergraduate or graduate applicants. 

Time commitment: 8-10 hours/week

CONSERVATION INTERN

The Conservation Intern will assist conservators with various projects including documentation-photography and rehousing of historic letters, cleaning historic silver, and dusting/cleaning artwork on

display, gaining an understanding of the field of conservation and experience working with museum collections. The intern may also assist in researching objects currently being treated by the conservators and carrying out elemental analysis. He/She/They will be instructed in the examination and documentation of art objects and complete object condition reports that can be added to object records. The intern will contribute directly to the completion of conservation projects and provide documentation for museum object records.

Requirements:
No specific requirements. An individual fluent in French would assist in research of a specific French artist and an individual with a strong science background may assist with materials analysis. This position is open to anyone enrolled in college or university.

Time commitment: to be discussed

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 internship@thewadsworth.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 internship@thewadsworth.org.

Questions or Comments?

Contact:
Internship Coordinator
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 838-4060
internship@thewadsworth.org