Opportunities for Yale Graduate Students

Yale graduate students have many possibilities to contribute to scholarship and gain professional experience through involvement at the Gallery. We offer numerous research assistantships, curatorial internships, teaching positions, and other opportunities.

Research Assistantships and Internships

Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art are designed to provide Yale doctoral students, in their second through sixth year, the opportunity to work as part of an intellectual team on a major scholarly project at one of the museums. 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 fellowships at the University, allowing students to extend the range of their academic specializations and expertise and to augment research skills by direct contact with objects in the collections. GRAs are excused from their departmental teaching duties during the tenure of the research assistantship.

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Graduate Curatorial Internships

Application Deadline: Rolling

Each year, the Gallery offers a limited number of Graduate Curatorial Internships. These paid positions 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. Open to graduate students from any discipline, curatorial internships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and field of specialization. These appointments typically require up to ten hours of work per week.

Graduate students interested in pursuing Graduate Curatorial Internships at the Gallery should contact the curator in charge of the department in which they wish to work. For information on curatorial departments and curators, please see the Collections section of this website.

Teaching at the Gallery

Teaching with the Collections

The Gallery’s collection includes more than 200,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present. The broad scope of the collection allows connections to be made across academic disciplines. Teaching Fellows are encouraged to incorporate sessions at the Gallery into their sections and courses, and we offer training to help you teach confidently and productively with objects.

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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 must have experience working with children, display a commitment to teaching from original works of art, and be 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.

More Ways to Get Involved


Gallery+ is an ongoing series of collaborations that invites students to respond to the Gallery’s collection through special programs and performances. Taking place once or twice each semester, Gallery+ provides a space for students to experiment creatively, making academic and artistic connections of their own, while also immersing themselves in the collection and museum environment. Past programs have included M.F.A. students from the Yale School of Drama creating sound and projection installations in the Gallery, undergraduate composers writing new music inspired by the collection, and comedians exploring the connections between art and humor.

Student-Curated Exhibitions

Since 2006, the Gallery has presented several major student-curated exhibitions. Installed in prime gallery space and frequently accompanied by a catalogue, each exhibition has been organized by a group of undergraduate or graduate students from diverse disciplines, and each has revealed new thinking about practical training and the presentation of the collection.

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For more information about opportunities for graduate students, please contact the Education Department at yuag.education@yale.edu or 203.436.8827.

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