Academic-Year Internships for Yale Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The Gallery’s academic-year internships provide opportunities for Yale undergraduate and graduate students to participate in departmental projects across the museum.

About the Internships

For Undergraduate Students

The Yale University Art Gallery academic-year internships aim to familiarize students with the operations of the museum and its curatorial departments. Interns work for ten hours per week for two consecutive terms and receive an hourly stipend. Internships focus on specific projects proposed by departments at the Gallery.

For Graduate Students

Graduate Curatorial Internships (GCIs) involve collection research and provide the professional experience of working in a museum. Specific responsibilities often include writing for Gallery publications or curatorial work on exhibitions and installations. Open to graduate students from any discipline, these appointments typically span the academic year and require up to ten hours per week of work.

View Project Descriptions for the 2019–20 Academic Year

Eligibility and Requirements

Internships will be awarded to students who demonstrate superior performance in their respective fields. Applications must include the following:

  • A cover letter describing the relevance of the internship to your larger goals
  • A résumé or CV
  • An unofficial transcript of your undergraduate or graduate record
  • Two letters of recommendation (emailed directly by your references)

Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

Project Descriptions

Undergraduate Internships

Department of Ancient Art Intern I

The Department of Ancient Art seeks an undergraduate to serve as the Frank Goodyear Intern, focusing on collection-based research in the art of the ancient Mediterranean (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Near Eastern, and early Byzantine) and the ancient sites of Dura-Europos in Syria and Gerasa in Jordan. Collaborative projects with the Education Department may be possible. A background in art history, classics, anthropology, religious studies, or a related field is desired.

Department of Ancient Art Intern II

The Department of Ancient Art seeks an undergraduate or graduate curatorial intern to focus on collection-based research in the art of the ancient Mediterranean (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Near Eastern, and early Byzantine) and the ancient sites of Dura-Europos in Syria and Gerasa in Jordan. Collaborative projects with the Education Department may be possible. A background in art history, classics, anthropology, religious studies, or a related field is desired.

Department of Photography Intern

The Frank Goodyear Intern in the Department of Photography will aid with research on the Gallery’s photography collection and related projects, as well as with the organization and maintenance of archives and libraries. Responsibilities include: cataloguing art objects in The Museum System (TMS) database; performing and compiling in-depth research on collections and works for the database, exhibitions, the website, or other projects; assisting with setup, pulling, and filing works of art for classes and scholars; organizing and tracking library materials; organizing, filing, and inventorying collection and departmental archives; photographing art objects and archives, and processing the photographs in related databases; and assisting departmental staff with duties pertaining to the collection as needed. Candidates must demonstrate a strong interest in visual art, art history, and/or photography, and possess meticulous organizational skills, attention to detail, and proven communication skills with the ability to seek clarity if more information is needed. The internship affords the opportunity to gain experience in museum work, and successful applicants will be trained to handle and catalogue works of art carefully and appropriately.

Department of Prints and Drawings Intern

Each academic year, the Department of Prints and Drawings offers a Frank Goodyear Internship to a Yale junior or senior with a strong interest in the graphic arts. This internship offers a deep immersion in the Gallery’s collection of approximately 40,000 European and American works on paper dating from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. Working closely with the department’s curators, the Goodyear Intern is given a wide range of responsibilities, including assisting in the cataloguing of new acquisitions, conducting in-depth research on objects in the collection, and pulling works of art for classes and visitors. Often the Goodyear Intern assists with specific exhibition and/or publication projects. The Goodyear Internship requires a basic but solid knowledge of Western art history. Preferred candidates will possess a demonstrated knowledge of and interest in the history of prints and drawings.

Education Department Intern

The Frank Goodyear Internship in the Education Department is a yearlong position at the Gallery for students who have completed training as a Gallery Guide and wish to continue developing their skills in leadership and museum studies. The intern collaborates with staff in the Education Department to conceive, develop, implement, and oversee training for the Gallery Guides and takes an active role in the hiring and evaluation of new Guides. Additional opportunities include teaching for the Gallery’s adult audiences and further professional development in the field of museum education. Applicants should have an active interest in pursuing a career in museums, excellent communication skills, a high sense of personal responsibility, and strict attention to detail. Successful applicants will have a positive personality that thrives in a collaborative working environment.

Graduate Internships

Department of American Decorative Arts Intern I

The Department of American Decorative Arts seeks a current graduate student to serve as the Rose Herrick Jackson Intern. This internship will focus on cataloguing a collection of sixty-seven late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century wallpaper samples that were the gift of Arlene Ellis. Many of the wallpapers are of the type used in high-style American interiors. Drawing on information about related wallpapers in other institutions, the intern will be responsible for enhancing incomplete collection records for these objects, including determining manufacturers, dates, and locations for where they were made, as well as materials and techniques of manufacture. Research on this collection could also lead to an article on wall treatments in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century interiors.

Department of American Decorative Arts Intern II

The Department of American Decorative Arts seeks a current graduate student to serve as the Albert Sack Graduate Curatorial Intern for either the fall 2019 or spring 2020 semester. This position will entail working with the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass, B.A. 1971, Sack Family Archive located at the Collection Studies Center at Yale West Campus, which contains records and ephemera for Israel Sack, Inc. This unique resource of comparative material for the study of early American furniture and other decorative arts consists of 10,000+ photographs and transparencies, business records, publications on American furniture and silver, and hundreds of binders categorizing images by region and form. As the premier firm for the buying and selling of early American furniture for much of the twentieth century, Israel Sack, Inc., was an influential corporation, operating from 1903 to 2002 in Boston and then in New York. Working with the firm’s archive, the Sack Intern will continue the work of identifying and cataloguing images to be added to the Israel Sack, Inc., Archive, an online resource hosted by the Yale University Library.

Department of American Paintings and Sculpture Intern I

The Department of American Paintings and Sculpture seeks a graduate student intern to work with Keely Orgeman, the Alice and Allan Kaplan Associate Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, to develop a forthcoming exhibition, organized around a miniature portrait of Rose Prentice, a formerly enslaved woman of color from New England. This exhibition will include other small portraits—miniatures, photographs, and silhouettes—that depict African American sitters, primarily women, from the first half of the nineteenth century, along with a selection of twenty-first-century black portraiture. The internship will focus on directed research as well as exhibition planning.

Department of American Paintings and Sculpture Intern II

The Department of American Paintings and Sculpture seeks a current graduate student to serve as the Rose Herrick Jackson Graduate Curatorial Intern. The intern will work with the Gallery’s distinguished collection of American art, conducting directed research, aiding with exhibition planning, responding to scholarly and public inquiries, managing gallery rotations, and assisting the curators with other projects as assigned. The internship affords the opportunity to gain experience in museum work and is well suited to students considering curatorial careers.

Department of Ancient Art Intern II

The Department of Ancient Art seeks an undergraduate or graduate curatorial intern to focus on collection-based research in the art of the ancient Mediterranean (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Near Eastern, and early Byzantine) and the ancient sites of Dura-Europos in Syria and Gerasa in Jordan. Collaborative projects with the Education Department may be possible. A background in art history, classics, anthropology, religious studies, or a related field is desired.

Department of Numismatics Intern

The Department of Numismatics houses over 120,000 objects in its collection, the largest of its kind at any American university. The department seeks a graduate student intern to research and catalogue a premier collection of approximately 1,300 Arab-Byzantine coins. Working with Benjamin Dieter R. Hellings, the Ben Lee Damsky Assistant Curator of Numismatics, the intern will help select and display the most significant coins for exhibition. The project will include conducting research on the collection, developing installation content and design, writing labels and other interpretive materials, and collaborating with the curator and other Gallery staff. A background in numismatics and knowledge of the Yale collection are essential. Extensive knowledge of the ancient world and previous experience with Arab-Byzantine coinage are desirable.

Successful applicants will be contacted prior to Spring Break and may be called for an interview. Should you not be selected for your preferred internship project, you may be contacted regarding other internship possibilities. Selected candidates will be subject to pre-employment screening, and all offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

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