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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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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.

Opportunities for Pre- and Postdoctoral Students

Cullman-Payson Fellowship in Academic Affairs and Outreach

The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman–Joan Whitney Payson Fellowship in Academic Affairs and Outreach is a full-time, one-year fellowship, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, intended for an emerging professional with an advanced degree who is considering a career in museum education or academic engagement. Reporting to the Bradley Assistant Curator of Academic Affairs and working closely with colleagues and collaborators across and beyond Yale University, the fellow will gain broad, hands-on experience in interactive and interdisciplinary teaching with objects; university-level outreach and curricular programs; and the execution and evaluation of educational offerings for diverse audiences. The fellow will participate in the rigorous Wurtele Gallery Teacher training program and learn from museum educators about art-based pedagogies and the Yale University Art Gallery’s global collections.

The focus of this fellowship is to explore university-level curricular engagement at the museum and to help develop teaching resources and innovative materials, including for the Gallery’s new website. We anticipate that academic affairs work in the 2021–22 academic year will be a hybrid of in-person and digital engagement.

Emerging scholars with an advanced degree in art history, visual studies, museum studies, or a related academic field, as well as a strong interest in interdisciplinary approaches to teaching with collections, are encouraged to apply. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups in the field of museum education.

At least one year of experience teaching with objects in a museum setting is required. Once in-person work at the Gallery resumes, residence in the Greater New Haven area for the term of the fellowship is required. Some evening and weekend work will be required. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication, interpersonal, research, and writing skills; a demonstrated ability to communicate with museum staff, faculty, students, and the public in a knowledgeable and professional manner; an ability to connect with diverse audiences; and a demonstrated ability to take initiative and anticipate actions needed. Digital content development skills would be especially welcome.

Expected start date: August 2, 2021
Salary range: $40,000–$50,000, commensurate with education and experience; a competitive benefits package, including health insurance; and a modest professional development stipend. For more details, see https://postdocs.yale.edu/postdocs/benefits.

Interested and qualified applicants must submit a CV with the names of three references and a cover letter that addresses the candidate’s interest in the fellowship. Email applications (in PDF format) to: Sydney Skelton Simon, the Bradley Assistant Curator of Academic Affairs, sydney.simon@yale.edu, by Monday, April 19, 2021.

Opportunities for Connecticut Artists

Doran Connecticut Artist-in-Residence Program

The Gallery is partnering with Artspace New Haven to offer financial support and community to Connecticut-based artists via a new residency. The Happy and Bob Doran Connecticut Artist-in-Residence Program will provide up to five early to mid-career artists who live and work in the state with a $15,000 award, among other benefits, and culminates in a group exhibition at Artspace New Haven in mid-2022.



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.