Opportunities for Yale Undergraduates

There are many opportunities for Yale undergraduates to learn about the collections and gain professional experience through fellowships, internships, the Gallery Guide program, and other research and employment positions.

Ways to Get Involved

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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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 and graduate students from diverse disciplines, and each has revealed new thinking about practical training and the presentation of the collection.

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Fellowships and Internships

The Gallery offers several internship and fellowship opportunities for Yale undergraduates. To view open positions, visit Yale University’s jobs database, called STARS, using the link below. The Gallery acknowledges the funding of undergraduate internships and fellowships by these generous donors: Nancy Horton Bartels; Frank Goodyear; Rose Herrick Jackson; Mary Hotchkiss Williams; the Mininberg Family; and Robert and Jean Steele.

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Student Jobs

Bursary students assist museum staff in every department of the Gallery. Bursary students have the opportunity to interact with and learn directly from curators, scholars, and educators, as well as to broaden their knowledge of art history and museum practice. Positions range from general office support to research for curatorial departments and assistance with the planning of special exhibitions.

Student positions are posted on the Yale Student Employment website at http://www.yale.edu/seo.


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

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