Jobs, Opportunities, and Fellowships

As a university museum, our mission of teaching from original works of art involves all departments, from curatorial and conservation to installations and programming. Get involved through numerous paid and volunteer opportunities.

Opportunities for Yale Undergraduates

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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Internships and Travel Fellowships for Yale Undergraduates

The Gallery offers academic-year and summer internships and summer travel fellowships for Yale undergraduates. Multiple internships are offered annually and aim to familiarize students with the operations of the museum and its curatorial departments.

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Learn More about Nancy Horton Bartels Academic-Year Internships
Learn More about Summer Internships and Travel Fellowships

Opportunities for Yale Graduate Students

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.

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Graduate Curatorial Internships (GCIs)

GCIs involve collection research and provide the professional experience of working in a museum. They are open to graduate students from any discipline and are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and field of specialization. These appointments typically span the academic year and require up to ten hours of work per week.

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Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs)

GRAs are designed to provide Yale doctoral students the opportunity to work as part of an intellectual team on a major scholarly project. These paid research positions are commensurate with a teaching fellowship of 17.5 hours per week.


Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Gallery offers fellowship opportunities for postgrads and postdocs. These positions are open to emerging scholars in the museum field, both within and beyond the Yale community.

Download the Cullman-Payson Fellowship in Academic Affairs and Outreachship Description (PDF)

Available postgraduate and postdoctoral positions are listed on the Office for Postdoctoral Affairs website.



For more information about jobs at Yale University Art Gallery, please visit the University’s employment site. To find available positions at the Gallery search using the keywords “art gallery.”

Student Bursars

Student Bursars assist museum staff in every department of the Yale University Art Gallery. Through their employment, bursars have the opportunity to interact and learn directly from curators, scholars, and educators as well as broaden their knowledge of art history and prepare for future career opportunities. Positions range from general office support to research for curatorial departments and assisting with the installation of special exhibitions. These positions are supported in part by the Kempner Family Endowment Fund.

Bursary positions are posted on the Yale Student Employment site.