Art Museum Scholar Summer Internships

Art Museum Scholar Summer Internships provide funds for undergraduate Yale students to participate in summer internships at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, or other art museums.

About the Internships

Application Deadline: Friday, March 21, 2014

Art Museum Summer Scholar Interns will receive a stipend of up to $3,500. Internships must be eight weeks. At least one of the internships is to be held at the Yale University Art Gallery and one at the Yale Center for British Art. The internships at the Gallery and the Center will familiarize students with the operation of museums and curatorial departments and will provide an opportunity to work on a project related to a specific aspect of the museum’s collection. Students seeking opportunities with other art museums must procure such internships on their own. Although the awards are open to Yale students in any field, preference will be given to students whose interests lie in American art and/or British art.

The internships are named as follows:

Helen A. Cooper Scholar
Patricia E. Kane Scholar
Patrick McCaughey Scholar
Duncan Robinson Scholar

For summer 2014, students may apply to work at the Gallery, the Center, another art museum, or archives project described below.


Internships will be awarded to students who demonstrate superior performance in their respective fields. Applications for the internship must be submitted by email and include: a cover letter describing the student’s interest in a particular aspect of the museum’s collection or operations and the relevance of the internship to the student’s larger goals, a transcript of the student’s undergraduate record (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and two letters of recommendation submitted directly by the recommender to the email address below. If the student is seeking funding for an internship at an art museum other than the Yale University Art Gallery or the Yale Center for British Art, the cover letter should describe the internship and the status of the student’s application. A letter confirming a secured internship will also be required. Please indicate if you are applying for the Archival Internship at the Center, a general internship at the Gallery or the Center, or for an internship at another museum.

Please submit all materials electronically by Friday, March 21, 2014, to the attention of:

Lisa Ford
Associate Head of Research
Yale Center for British

Applicants will be notified of acceptance in April.

Selected candidates may be called for an interview. All students applying for positions at the Yale University Art Gallery or Yale Center for British Art are subject to pre-employment screening. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Institutional Archives Intern

The Yale Center for British Art Institutional Archives is the official repository for all historical documentation of the Center, recording its development from its inception in the mid-1960s to the present. The Senior Archivist seeks an intern with a background in art history or architecture and an interest in archival work to assist with the arrangement and description of the Center’s historical records—both paper and electronic. The intern will also carry out research on the Center’s archival collections in support of provenance research and various building conservation and refurbishment projects, as well as answer inquiries regarding the Center’s past exhibitions, publications, and programs. This internship provides significant opportunities for focused projects based on the intern’s interests and is ideal for students interested in the history of British art, museum studies, or the history of cultural institutions.

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