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.

Fellowships and Internships

Mary Hotchkiss Williams Travel Fellowship

The Mary Hotchkiss Williams Travel Fellowship for the Visual Arts supports summer travel abroad with a grant of $5,500 for qualified undergraduate Yale students engaged in the visual arts. While preference will be given to studio-art majors, the fellowship is open to all Yale undergraduates, and students majoring in other fields are invited to apply.

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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. Multiple internships at both the Gallery and the Center 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.

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Art Museum Scholar Summer Internships

Art Museum Scholar Summer Internships provide funds for four undergraduate Yale students to participate in summer internships at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, or other art museums. Art Museum Summer Scholar Interns receive a stipend of up to $3,500. Internships must be eight weeks. The internships at the Gallery and the Center familiarize students with the operation of museums and 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. The awards are open to Yale students in any field.

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Native American Art Initiative Summer Internships

Native American Art Initiative Summer Internships provide funds for two Yale University undergraduates to undertake eight-week summer internships during the months of June and July. Interns spend three weeks at the Yale University Art Gallery, three weeks at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and a week each at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. These are paid internships and the costs associated with the site visits are also covered.

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More 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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Student Jobs

Bursary Employment

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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