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. The internships are funded by endowments established by the Bartels, Jackson, Mininberg, Sack, Steel, and Williams families.

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

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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, commensurate with a teaching fellowship of 17.5 hours per week, enhance the educational experiences provided by academic course work and teaching assistantships at the University, allowing students to extend their range of academic specializations and expertise, and to augment research skills by direct contact with objects in the collections. Although the positions are not restricted to those students who wish to pursue a museum career, students gain in-depth knowledge of the scholarly and logistical aspects of exhibition preparation and develop other professional skills. Positions are open to graduate students in all disciplines. GRAs are excused from their departmental teaching duties during the tenure of the research assistantship.

Applications for GRAs are not being considered at this time. For more information, please contact Katharine Luce at katharine.luce@yale.edu.

Opportunities for Pre- and Postdoctoral Students

Fellowships for Pre- and Postdoctoral Students

The Gallery offers several fellowship opportunities for pre- and postdoctoral students. These positions are open to both Yale and non-Yale emerging scholars in the museum field. To view open positions, visit Yale University’s jobs database, called STARS, using the link below and search “Yale University Art Gallery.” The Gallery acknowledges the funding of graduate internships and fellowships by these generous donors: Florence B. Selden; Marcia Brady Tucker; and John Walsh.

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Jobs

Careers

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.

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