The MFA is delighted to offer this internship supported by the Luce Foundation. This is a paid internship offered to an outstanding student who is committed to diversifying the museum field’s curatorial ranks.
The Art of the Americas Department, spanning the Ancient Americas times through the 20th century, is responsible for exhibitions, installations, programs, and a range of initiatives focused on one of the MFA’s largest and most distinguished permanent collections. Encompassing the art of North, Central, and South America, including paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts, the Art of the Americas’ curatorial staff coordinates installations in the permanent galleries, organizes special exhibitions, researches the collection, and supports a range of loan activities to other institutions.
The department is currently seeking an undergraduate level intern to assist with work on evaluating the success of the curatorial and interpretation approaches in three recent exhibitions supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, including the current exhibition, “Collecting Stories: The Invention of Folk Art.” The intern will also help consider how to implement successful elements into the permanent collection galleries. This is a paid internship working directly with the Curatorial Research Associate under the supervision of Art of the Americas Chair, as well as Curators in Paintings and Decorative Arts & Sculpture. It offers an opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience by learning first-hand about museum work while personally contributing to one of the world’s best collections of American art. The AoA Undergraduate Curatorial Intern will assist with a wide variety of administrative and research duties vital to a current exhibition and the ongoing Folk Art Initiative. The internship will take place mainly remotely with a few opportunities to work in the Museum with the Curator (to be determined given evolving COVID protocols).
- Receive formal training in TMS (the Museum System), a valuable tool in collections management
- Learn about and assist with the general functions of a curatorial department via participation in departmental zoom meetings
- Assist with research on the Art of the Americas folk art collection
- Research and administrative support for exhibition evaluation and future gallery implementation
- Enrollment in or recent graduation from a B.A. program in history, art history, or museum studies
- Basic knowledge of art history or museum studies
- Demonstrated interest in learning about museum activities
- Previous office experience or related work
- Familiarity with computer programs and databases is desirable
- Demonstrated attention to detail and reliability; ability to work independently
- Ability to commit 35 hours per week for 12 weeks through mid-August
To apply, please submit a single document (MS Word or PDF) containing the following elements:
- Your cover letter;
- Your current résumé/c.v.;
- Your responses to the following five questions (maximum of 250 words per question);
- Recognizing that diversity is multifaceted, how do your unique experiences and perspectives contribute to diversity at the MFA, Boston and in the museum field in general?
- Describe how your academic/research interests align with the Museum’s Art of the Americas collection.
- Highlight specific artists/artworks in the MFA’s Art of the Americas collection that relate to your academic/research interests.
- Describe how the Internship for Museum Diversity will help you further your career goals.
- What does the term “folk art” mean to you?