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Summer Opportunities for Yale Undergraduate Students

The Art Museum Scholar Summer Internships provide opportunities for Yale undergraduate students to participate in departmental projects at the Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, or another museum. The Mary Hotchkiss Williams Travel Fellowship supports travel abroad for studio-art majors.

About Summer Internships and Travel Fellowships

Art Museum Scholar Summer Internships

Art Museum Scholar Summer Internships provide funds for undergraduate Yale students to participate in summer internships at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, or other external art museums.

Learn More about Scholar Summer Internships

Mary Hotchkiss Williams Travel Fellowship

The Mary Hotchkiss Williams Travel Fellowship for the Visual Arts, awarded by the Yale University Art Gallery, supports travel abroad for qualified Yale undergraduates engaged in making visual art.

Learn More about the Summer Travel Fellowship

Art Museum Scholar Summer Internships

Art Museum Scholar Summer Internships are eight weeks in duration and interns receive a stipend of up to $3,500.

The internships at the Gallery and the Center aim to familiarize students with the operations of museums and curatorial departments and provide an opportunity to work on a project related to a specific aspect of the Yale collections. Students seeking opportunities with other art museums must procure such internships on their own. Although the awards are open to Yale students in any field, preference will be given to students whose interests lie in American art and/or British art.

The internships are named as follows:

Helen A. Cooper Scholar
Patricia E. Kane Scholar
Patrick McCaughey Scholar
Duncan Robinson Scholar

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 your interest in a particular aspect of museum collections or operations and the relevance of the internship to your larger goals
  • A transcript of your undergraduate record (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Two letters of recommendation (emailed directly by your references)

Non-Gallery and Non-Center Internships

If you are seeking funding for an unpaid internship at an external museum, your cover letter should describe the internship and the status of your application. A letter confirming a secured internship will also be required.

Mary Hotchkiss Williams Travel Fellowship

The Mary Hotchkiss Williams Travel Fellowship for the Visual Arts, awarded by the Yale University Art Gallery, supports travel abroad for qualified Yale undergraduates engaged in making visual art. This year, up to four fellowships will be awarded to students who demonstrate superior performance in their respective fields of artistic practice and present a proposal for travel that will provide enriching experiences to the developing artist.

The fellowship carries a grant of $5,500. Preference is given to studio-art majors but students majoring in other fields at Yale College are invited to apply.

Eligibility and Requirements

Applications must include the following:

  • A brief biography
  • A statement of intent, describing your travel plans and how they are related to your art practice
  • A budget, including the price of tickets, lodging, etc.
  • Ten examples of your art in electronic form (PDFs or JPEGs are preferred)
  • An unofficial transcript of your undergraduate record
  • Two letters of recommendation from members of the Yale faculty (emailed directly by your references)

For more information, visit the Student Grants Database at https://yale.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx.

Applications are not being considered at this time. Please check again in December 2020 for updates and application deadline.