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 Travel Fellowships for Yale Undergraduates

The Gallery offers several internships and travel fellowships for Yale undergraduates. To learn more about these academic-year and summer opportunities, visit the Yale student grants database, using the link below. The Gallery is grateful to the donors who have provided support for this program through the following endowment funds: the Betsy and Frank H. Goodyear, Jr., B.A. 1966, Internship Fund; Henry & Nancy Bartels Fund; Mininberg Family Endowment Fund; Robert E., M.P.H. 1971, M.S. 1974, Ph.D. 1975, and Jean E. Steele Endowment Fund; Mary Hotchkiss Williams Travel Fellowship; and Rose Herrick Jackson Fund through the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Applications for Gallery internships are not being considered at this time. Please check again in December 2017 for a full list of Gallery internships and application deadlines for the 2018–2019 academic year.

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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 as soon as they are available.

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Graduate Research Assistantships and Graduate Curatorial Internships

The Gallery periodically offers graduate research assistantships (GRAs) and graduate curatorial internships (GCIs) for Yale graduate students.

GRAs are designed to provide Yale doctoral students the opportunity to work as part of an intellectual team on a major scholarly project. These paid research positions, commensurate with a teaching fellowship of 17.5 hours per week, enhance the educational experiences provided by academic course work and teaching assistantships at the University, allowing students to extend their range of academic specializations and expertise, and to augment research skills by direct contact with objects in the collections. Although the positions are not restricted to those students who wish to pursue a museum career, students gain in-depth knowledge of the scholarly and logistical aspects of exhibition preparation and develop other professional skills. Positions are open to graduate students in all disciplines. GRAs are excused from their departmental teaching duties during the tenure of the research assistantship.

GCIs involve collection research and provide the professional experience of working in a museum. Specific responsibilities often include writing for Gallery publications, or curatorial work on exhibitions and installations. GCIs are open to graduate students from any discipline and are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and field of specialization. These appointments typically require up to ten hours of work per week.

Applications for GRAs/GCIs are not being considered at this time. Please check again in December 2017 for a full list of GCI/GRA projects and application deadlines for the 2018–2019 academic year.

For more information on these positions, please contact Katharine Luce at

Opportunities for Pre- and Postdoctoral Students

Fellowships for Pre- and Postdoctoral Students

The Gallery offers several fellowship opportunities for pre- and postdoctoral students. These positions are open to both Yale and non-Yale emerging scholars in the museum field. To view open positions, visit Yale University’s jobs database, called STARS, using the link below and search “Yale University Art Gallery.” 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

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

Application Deadline: The application deadline has passed.



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. These positions are supported in part by the Kempner Family Endowment Fund.

Bursary positions are posted on the Yale Student Employment site.

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