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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
Nancy Horton Bartels Scholar Internships are offered annually and are funded by an endowment established in 2005 by Henry E. and Nancy Horton Bartels, who 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.
The application deadline for 2015 internships is Monday, March 2, 2015.
Application Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2015
Please follow the guidelines below carefully.
Applications should be sent via email to email@example.com and should include PDFs of the following:
- A cover letter describing the relevance of the internship to your larger goals
- Two copies of an official transcript of your undergraduate record
- Two letters of recommendation (emailed directly by your recommenders)
The email’s subject heading should read “Bartels Application, 2015–16.” The body of the email should indicate whether you are applying for an internship at the Yale University Art Gallery or the Yale Center for British Art and specify which internship project is of interest to you.
Successful applicants will be contacted in April and may be called for an interview. Selected candidates will be subject to pre-employment screening, and all offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.
Questions may be addressed to:
Elizabeth Manekin, Assistant Curator of Education
Education Department, Yale University Art Gallery
Yale University Art Gallery
Throughout the 2015–16 academic year, the Gallery will be moving over 30,000 three-dimensional objects—representative of most of the Gallery’s curatorial departments—from the current storage facility in Hamden to the new Wurtele Collections Study Center at West Campus. During this move, members of the objects-conservation team will be taking the opportunity to condition survey and document the collection. Under the supervision of Carol Snow, Deputy Chief Conservator and the Alan J. Dworsky Senior Conservator of Objects, and Anne Gunnison, Assistant Conservator of Objects, the Bartels intern will assist in this monumental project by finding, investigating, and consolidating old conservation records; condition assessing objects as they are unpacked at West Campus; assisting with record-keeping; and processing digital images of the objects, as well as other tasks as needed. The student will have the unique opportunity of working directly with a wide variety of objects from the collection and learning about materials and manufacture, objects handling, conservation, and collections care.
Exhibition Research for Modern and Contemporary
The Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Gallery seeks an intern to help develop and research an upcoming exhibition on the notion of “exile.” Working closely with Frauke Josenhans, the Horace W. Goldsmith Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the intern will be involved in the various stages of exhibition development—from doing object research, to selecting artworks, to writing labels. Further work will include research at other Yale institutions, such as the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Yale Center for British Art. The student should have a background in art history, research skills, and preferably reading knowledge of one or two foreign languages. The exhibition will require some interdisciplinary thinking and research; interests in other areas such as literature and political science are welcomed.
A History of Avant-Garde Film
The Programs Department at the Gallery seeks an intern to work with Molleen Theodore, Assistant Curator of Programs, to research and organize a yearlong film series that would comprise a history of avant-garde film and would be screened for the public in the McNeil Lecture Hall. The intern should have some knowledge of the history of art and film, as well as excellent research skills and the ability to work independently and communicate clearly. The project will involve working with other art institutions that have digitized or are in the process of digitizing their collection of avant-garde film. This film series will offer Yale and New Haven access to a history that is not presently available to students or our community.
Sol LeWitt Archive
John Hogan, the Mary Jo and Ted Shen Installation Director and Archivist for Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings at the Gallery, seeks an intern to assist in the cataloguing and documentation of a comprehensive collection of the working drawings of Sol LeWitt, creating both an analogue and digital resource for the material, which comprises an archive of scaling information for more than 1,300 wall drawings created by LeWitt during his lifetime. This material will become a vital reference for both historical tracking of installations as well as current and future installations of LeWitt’s wall drawings. In addition, the intern will be involved in creating a digital reference of processes and materials utilized in the execution of LeWitt wall drawings. The intern will be required to devote time at the archives location at West Campus, and to be available to work on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Transportation to West Campus is available via the Green or Purple shuttle; free parking is also available.
The State of the Field of Museum Programming
The field of museum programming is rapidly growing and changing—as is the core of educators and academics who are focused on audience engagement. This field does not have a professional conference or listserv where program curators can congregate, discuss ideas and challenges, or consider the future. Under the supervision of Molleen Theodore, Assistant Curator of Programs, the intern will research programming departments and their offerings at other art institutions; help formulate the fundamental questions programming staff are grappling with, especially concerning the nature of audience engagement; and propose a forum, perhaps a study day, by which programming staff could consider these issues. This work will provide a tremendous service to the field and will hopefully spark conversations and relationships that will continue to evolve. The intern should have an interest in and knowledge of a variety of museum programs and art institutions.
Young Alumni Engagement
The Department of Advancement at the Gallery seeks an intern to research and support innovative approaches to engaging young alumni and nonalumni collectors to develop their long-term interest in the Gallery. Following the introduction of the Gallery’s free membership program in July 2013, the museum’s development efforts can now focus on these important segments of our audience. The main qualifications required are excellent research skills, the ability to work independently and responsibly, and an interest in audience development and fundraising. The intern will ideally be outgoing, with an interest in arts administration and nonprofit management. Under the supervision of Jill Westgard, Deputy Director for Advancement, the intern will research peer museums’ programs as well as other offerings at Yale that engage these groups.
Yale Center for British Art
Exhibitions and Publications Intern
The Department of Exhibitions and Publications manages an active exhibition program with a broad thematic range, and a publication program that produces exhibition catalogues, books on the history of British art, and occasional publications on the Center. Eleanor Hughes, Associate Director of Exhibitions and Publications, seeks an intern with an interest in exhibition and publication logistics to assist with the variety of projects the Center has planned for 2016–17. These will include the reinstallation of the Center’s collection and exhibitions on modern British art, eighteenth-century British marine painting, and Georgian princesses. The intern will engage directly with members of a diverse museum staff and will work on focused projects. There will be significant opportunities to assist in the planning and implementation of exhibitions, assist with the many aspects of producing a publication, learn more about the permanent collection, and conduct research pertaining to relevant projects.