Jobs, Opportunities, and Fellowships

As a university museum, our mission of teaching from original works of art involves all departments, from curatorial and conservation to installations and programming. Get involved through numerous paid and volunteer opportunities.

Opportunities for Yale Undergraduates

Gallery Guide Program

The Gallery Guide program is a paid opportunity for Yale undergraduates to learn about the museum’s collection and how to teach from objects. Students participate in a yearlong training program with education and collections curators, during which they are taught to lead interactive, close-looking tours of the museum for the Yale community and the New Haven public. The in-depth training requires a time commitment similar to that of an academic course. Following the completion of the first year of training, students remain involved with the Gallery Guide program by continuing to give museum tours and participating in weekly gallery sessions throughout their time at Yale.

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Internships and Fellowships for Yale Undergraduates

The Gallery offers several internship and fellowship opportunities for Yale undergraduates. To view open positions, visit Yale University’s jobs database, called STARS, using the link below. The Gallery acknowledges the funding of undergraduate internships and fellowships by these generous donors: Nancy Horton Bartels; Frank Goodyear; Rose Herrick Jackson; Mary Hotchkiss Williams; the Mininberg Family; and Robert and Jean Steele.

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Opportunities for Yale Graduate Students

Wurtele Gallery Teacher Program

The Wurtele Gallery Teacher Program is open to Yale graduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds. Gallery Teachers are trained as museum educators and are responsible for the K–12 teaching at the museum as well as other programs involving students, youth, and visitors with special needs. Wurtele Gallery Teachers undergo rigorous training with the Gallery’s educators and curators, who introduce them to the Gallery’s collection and pedagogy. Applications are accepted in the summer, and the six-week training begins at the beginning of the fall semester. Successful applicants will have experience working with children, will display a commitment to teaching from original works of art, and are available in the mornings, between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday.

Gallery Teacher applications are posted on the Yale Student Employment website at http://www.yale.edu/seo as soon as they are available.

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Opportunities for Yale/Non-Yale Graduate Students

Internships and Fellowships for Yale/non-Yale Graduate Students

The Gallery offers several internship and fellowship opportunities that are open to both Yale and non-Yale graduate students. To view open positions, visit Yale University’s jobs database, called STARS, using the link below. The Gallery acknowledges the funding of graduate internships and fellowships by these generous donors: Florence B. Selden; Marcia Brady Tucker; and John Walsh.

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Cullman-Payson Fellowship in Education

The Cullman-Payson Fellowship at the Gallery is a postdoctoral opportunity intended for an emerging professional considering a career in academic affairs in a university art museum. It is a two-year fellowship with the possibility of renewal for a third year. Reporting to the Bradley Senior Associate Curator for Academic Affairs, and working closely with other staff members in the Education Department, the fellow is fully integrated into the department and gains broad-based experience in academic museum education, including interdisciplinary and interactive teaching with objects, academic curating, research, and implementation of support programs for University course visits to the Gallery. The fellow participates in and contributes to many aspects of the department’s University-level programs and activities, from planning to execution; coordinates and leads University-level course tours; conducts research on objects in the Gallery’s encyclopedic collection to support academic affairs; represents the Gallery at Yale student orientations, events, and activities; and supports curricular exhibitions by maintaining checklists throughout the exhibition process. The fellow proposes a special project in the Department of Academic Affairs toward the end of the first year, which is completed during the second year in residence. Occasional evening and weekend work is required. Scholars and curators with an interest in cross-disciplinary analysis and/or pedagogical methods are particularly encouraged to apply. Preference is given to candidates with a demonstrated interest in art of the modern or contemporary periods. Residence in the greater New Haven area for the term of the fellowship is also required. Position starts by the end of June 2017.

Essential Duties

The essential duties of the position are as follows:

  • Support the coordination and implementation of course visits to the Gallery’s object study classrooms, working closely with the Bradley Associate Curator to aid professors in selecting appropriate works for their class visits; plan and, when appropriate, assist in teaching
  • Support Academic Affairs by managing object packages and checklists for course visits and curricular exhibitions in The Museum System (TMS)
  • Conduct research about YUAG collections objects in support of Yale course tours or curricular exhibitions as needed
  • Participate in Gallery Teacher training program during the first fall, gradually assuming responsibility for leading university course discussions in the galleries with the BSACAF as needed
  • With the BSACAF, develop and implement an outreach plan to Yale faculty and academic departments across the disciplines to encourage and support university-level course visits to engage with the Gallery’s permanent collections and special exhibitions
  • With the BSACAF, help design two curricular exhibitions per year in the Levin Study Gallery
  • Coordinate Faculty Workshops, peer-to-peer learning opportunities for faculty to teach with objects.
  • Support the assessment and evaluation of education programs
  • Organize regular meetings of the Art Gallery’s Fellows, as assigned, to create a sense of community among them and provide opportunities that enrich their experience at the Gallery
  • With the BSACAF, help design two curricular exhibitions per year in the Levin Study Gallery
  • Organize regular meetings of the Art Gallery’s Fellows, as assigned, to create a sense of community among them and provide opportunities that enrich their experience at the Gallery
  • Organize regular meetings of the Art Gallery’s Fellows, as assigned, to create a sense of community among them and provide opportunities that enrich their experience at the Gallery
  • Other duties, as assigned
Education and Experience

Candidates must have a postdoctorate in art history or a related academic field.

Skills and Abilities

The required skills and abilities are as follows:

  • Demonstrated ability to teach in an art museum or museum and classroom
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills; demonstrated ability to communicate with museum staff and public in a knowledgeable and professional manner; ability to connect with diverse audiences including those with special needs
  • Self-directed; ability to take initiative and anticipate actions needed
  • Demonstrated customer service attitude with the ability to be a team player in an active museum environment. Positive attitude that supports department’s goals
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet demanding deadlines; ability to work well under pressure. Demonstrated accuracy and strong attention to detail
Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills
    Two years of teaching experience in an art museum or museum and classroom Strong interest in and familiarity with museums; commitment to object-based research and teaching Knowledge of standard PC software programs, including word processing, databases, and desktop publishing
Application

To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references to:
Issa Lampe
Bradley Senior Associate Curator of Academic Affairs
Yale University Art Gallery
P.O. Box 208271
New Haven, CT 06520-8271
203-436-1559
issa.lampe@yale.edu

Applications are currently being accepted. Position starts by the end of June 2017.

Jobs

Careers

For more information about jobs at Yale University Art Gallery, please visit the University’s employment site. To find available positions at the Gallery search using the keywords “art gallery.”

Student Bursars

Student Bursars assist museum staff in every department of the Yale University Art Gallery. Through their employment, bursars have the opportunity to interact and learn directly from curators, scholars, and educators as well as broaden their knowledge of art history and prepare for future career opportunities. Positions range from general office support to research for curatorial departments and assisting with the installation of special exhibitions.

Bursary positions are posted on the Yale Student Employment site.

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