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

Please indicate in your application if you are applying for a specific or general internship at the Gallery or the Center, or for an internship at an external museum. If you are seeking funding for an 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.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

Summer Internship Project Descriptions

Yale University Art Gallery

Department of American Decorative Arts Intern

The Department of American Decorative Arts seeks an intern to help explore the possibility of organizing an exhibition around the life of Mary Fish, born in Stonington, Connecticut, in 1736. The recent discovery of a high chest and dressing table that were part of Fish’s wedding furniture for her marriage in 1758 to Joseph Noyes of New Haven, Connecticut, sparked the idea for an exhibition recreating Fish’s world in eighteenth-century New England. Fish’s letters and journal survive, enriching our understanding of her life and times. Working with Patricia E. Kane, Friends of American Arts Curator of American Decorative Arts, the intern will research and compile biographical information on the individuals mentioned in Fish’s correspondence and writings and will locate related objects in collections at Yale and throughout the country—including furniture, silver, portraits, and other examples of American material culture—to determine whether there is enough material to warrant an exhibition. Applicants should have a background in history, art history, or American studies, and an attention to detail.

Yale Center for British Art

Internships

For a full list of the Center’s 2019–20 project offerings, visit the Yale Center for British Art website.

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.

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)

Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

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

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