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.

Spring 2022 Internship Positions

To apply, please see “How to Apply for an Internship at the Wadsworth Atheneum” below. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Communications & Marketing Internship

Internship Description: 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. Working with the Digital Communications Specialist the intern will assist with website and social media projects. They will have the opportunity to build an inventory of social media posts and capture photography in the galleries for use on social media. Working with the Communications Specialist, the intern will also assist with drafting press releases and updating museum listings on the museum website and external calendars and websites.

Specific 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.

Time Commitment: 8 hours / week, 70 hours total

Compensation: Stipend

Eligibility: First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student

Starting: January 2022

Education Internship

Internship Description: Intern will support School and Teacher Program Manager with the back-end organization/preparation and presentation of various key School and Teacher Programs including: Art & Writing, School Tour curriculum development, and a new initiative to cultivate stronger ties between ESL/ELL (English as a Second Language, English Language Learner) communities and our education offerings. In addition to back-end administrative support, Intern will support digital communication about our programming to the public through Constant Contact email marketing. Intern will be asked to support and attend 2 Spring events requiring evening hours: Evening for Educators and Hartford Youth Arts Renaissance Reception. Helps maintain studio space during school and community programs. Helps maintain studio space during School and Community Programs. Available to assist with Community and Family Programs and Adult and University Programs as needed.

Specific Requirements: Preference given to students who have stated interest in Arts Administration, K-12 Education, or Social Work/Community Engagement. Candidate must have excellent organizational, communication and writing abilities and some/growing familiarity with visual arts and museums. Candidate must be comfortable working independently in a serious, focused office environment.

Time Commitment: 8 hours / week, 70 hours total

Compensation: Stipend

Eligibility: First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student

Starting: January / February 2022

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