Opportunities for Yale Undergraduates

There are many opportunities for Yale undergraduates to learn about the collections and gain professional experience through fellowships, internships, the Gallery Guide program, and other research and employment positions.

Ways to Get Involved

A group of Gallery Guides pictured in front of Ghanian-born artist El Anatsui’s sculpture Society Woman’s Cloth (Gold).

Gallery Guide Program

The Gallery Guide program is a paid opportunity for Yale undergraduates to develop and lead interactive, close-looking tours of the museum for the visiting public. Students participate in a yearlong training program overseen by education curators, in which they learn about the collection and how to lead inclusive, interdisciplinary conversations around works of art. The in-depth training requires a time commitment similar to that of an academic course. Students of all backgrounds and majors are welcome in the program. In addition to becoming critical and observant museumgoers, Gallery Guides develop transferable skills in public speaking, visual literacy, research, and creative thinking. Following the completion of the first year of training, students remain involved with the Gallery Guide program by giving museum tours and participating in weekly sessions throughout their time at Yale.

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Gallery+ is an ongoing series of collaborations that invites students to respond to the Gallery’s collection through special programs and performances. Taking place once or twice each semester, Gallery+ provides a space for students to experiment creatively, making academic and artistic connections of their own, while also immersing themselves in the collection and museum environment. Past programs have included M.F.A. students from the Yale School of Drama creating sound and projection installations in the Gallery, undergraduate composers writing new music inspired by the collection, and comedians exploring the connections between art and humor.

If you have a proposal or would like to learn more, please email Public Programs at yuagprograms@yale.edu.

Student-Curated Exhibitions

Since 2006, the Gallery has presented several major student-curated exhibitions. Installed in prime gallery space and frequently accompanied by a catalogue, each exhibition has been organized by a group of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines, and each has revealed new thinking about practical training and the presentation of the collection.

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Internships and Travel Fellowships

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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For more information about opportunities for students, please contact the Education Department at yuag.education@yale.edu or 203.436.8827.