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Nancy Horton Bartels Scholar Internships

Nancy Horton Bartels Scholar Internships provide funds for Yale undergraduate students to participate in academic-year internships at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art.

About the Internships

Application Deadline: Friday, March 21, 2014

Nancy Horton Bartels Scholar Internships are offered annually and are funded by an endowment established in 2005 by Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels. Mr. and Mrs. Bartels are graduates of Cornell University. The internships aim to familiarize students with the operations of museums and curatorial departments. Interns work ten hours per week for two consecutive terms and receive a stipend on an hourly basis. Internships focus on specific projects proposed by departments in the two museums.

Nancy Horton Bartels Scholar Internships will be awarded to students who demonstrate superior performance in their respective fields. Applications must include a cover letter that states the relevance of the internship to the student’s larger goals, an official transcript of the student’s undergraduate record, and two letters of recommendation, to be forwarded directly to the email address below.


Applications are due Friday, March 21, 2014. Please indicate whether you are applying for an internship at the Yale University Art Gallery or the Yale Center for British Art, and specify which of the below internship project is of interest to you. Selected candidates will be subject to pre-employment screening. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Please submit all materials to

Inquiries may be addressed to Lisa Ford, Associate Head of Research at the Yale Center for British Art, at

Successful applicants will be contacted in April and may be called for an interview.

Project Descriptions

Ross Foundation

During 2012, the Gallery received a gift from the Arthur Ross Foundation of nearly 1,000 prints, mostly by the 18th-century Italian artists Canaletto, Giovanni Battista, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, and Giovanni Battista Piranesi, but also including a stunning group of works by the Spaniard Francisco de Goya and a significant group by French 19-century artists, such as Honoré Daumier, Édouard Manet, and Edgar Degas. In December 2015, the Gallery will mount an exhibition focusing particularly on the works from 18th-century Italy. The exhibition team is led by Suzanne Boorsch, the Robert L. Solley Curator of Prints and Drawings, along with the Florence B. Selden Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings. The Bartels intern will participate in all phases of the exhibition and its accompanying publications, including final selection of the works to be shown, research for the publications (dealing to some extent with all of the prints, not just those in the exhibition), planning details of the installation, and conceiving programming related to the exhibition. Reading knowledge of Italian, Spanish, and/or French would be an asset, although not absolutely necessary.

American Glass

The Department of American Decorative Arts seeks an intern to help organize research for an upcoming exhibition of American glass from the Gallery’s collection. Yale has extensive holdings of American glass dating from the mid-eighteenth century to the present, much of it part of the renowned Mabel Brady Garvan Collection. The Bartels intern will work with the associate curator to improve the cataloguing of these works by surveying the original donor records for provenance and descriptive information and developing comparative files drawn from more recently published works related to American glass. Previous experience working with glass is not required, but applicants should have an interest in material culture and sound research skills.

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