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Internship! [Somerville Museum]

Scenic Views: A Picture Postcard History of Somerville will open in Spring 2014 in the historic Somerville Museum. Curated by David Guss, Tufts Professor of Anthropology, the exhibit will look at the history of the City of Somerville as captured through postcards. Using the Museum’s modular panel system, the exhibit will be permanent although capable of being stored in order to allow for future exhibits as well. The show will make use of several extensive postcard collections, arranged in various themes including the history of the postcard, lost buildings, monuments, historic events, streetscapes, messages, and contemporary postcard creations. The intern working on this project will assist in a range of activities leading to the opening of the exhibition, among them being research, the preparation of graphic materials and wall text, and event and publicity design. For more information about this opportunity, contact David,

Graduate Intern (unpaid) [Context Travel]

An international, urban-travel company is looking for someone with a
strong commitment to learning through travel and sustainable travel.
Operating in 24 cities and fifteen countries,_Context Travel_organizes
“walking seminars,” small, in-depth, learning experiences led by our
consortium of Ph.D.-level scholars and experts. Continually expanding to
new cities and recruiting new docents, we have offices in Paris, Rome,
London, Istanbul, and Philadelphia.

Context Travel is currently looking for a graduate student intern in
museum education, arts education, museum administration, or other
relevant field of study to assist with the development of resources for
our Family Walks.The intern will work with our learning consultant,
Linda Norris, to identify key materials for family activities from
existing walks and docents;work with the learning consultant and docents
to develop additional family materials as appropriate for walks focusing
both on museums and cities; and create online resources for docent
use.This is an unpaid internship, available for course credit.The
successful applicant will have a demonstrated interest in family
learning, ability and the motivation to work independently, either
remotely or in the Philadelphia office; skills as a creative thinker and
problem solver; and have a lively interest in scholarly exploration of
cities and cultures.International travel experience a plus. Flexible
work schedule and hours to be determined, approximately 5-10 hours/week
for one semester.

Please respond with a letter of interest and resume to:Linda
Norris, <> by
September 1, 2013.

Internship opportunity in Portland, Maine

Join Tufts alumna Molly Braswell at the Portland Museum of Art this summer!

Are you an alumn or current student looking for a graduate intern? email us at[AT] and we’ll post your position too!


Position: Learning and Interpretation Department Intern
Department: Learning and Interpretation

Position:        Learning and Interpretation Department Intern
Posted:          April 10, 2013

The Learning and Interpretation Intern, under the general supervision of the Director of Learning and Interpretation, will assist in developing and implementing the museum’s new in-gallery PMA Art Cart. Premiering in June, the PMA Art Cart will be a moveable art station that provides visitors with the opportunity to draw in the PMA galleries. The intern will staff the cart and research the permanent collection and current exhibitions to develop art activities and educational resources. In this position the intern will engage visitors and encourage participation. The intern will document the process and progress of the PMA Art Cart and write reports that will be used to evaluate the program. In support of the museum’s mission, the intern will collaborate with other staff to help create a dynamic experience for PMA visitors.


  • Staff the PMA Art Cart two days a week (Wednesdays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. & Fridays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Research the PMA permanent collection and develop educational materials for PMA Art Cart use in different galleries.
  • Work with the Learning and Interpretation Department to prepare content and materials for the cart.
  • Develop appropriate sketching activities for visitors of all ages.
  • Engage and assist visitors drawing in the galleries.
  • Respond to visitor requests and questions regarding general museum information.
  • Work with PMA Protection Services and Visitor Experience staff to coordinate the location and operation of the cart.
  • Work with Learning and Interpretation staff to evaluate and assess the PMA Art Cart program, which may include visitor interviews, data tabulation, reports, and analysis.
  • Document the PMA Art Cart program, which will involve taking photos and writing blogs for use on PMA social media platforms.


  • Outgoing and comfortable working with museum visitors of all ages, including children, teens, adults, and seniors.
  • Excellent customer service and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively with coworkers.
  • Studio art and/or drawing experience.
  • Knowledge of art history.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to conduct effective research.
  • Applicant should be currently enrolled in or have recently completed an undergraduate or graduate program in Art History, Education, Museum Studies, Museum Education, Studio Art, or related field.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

The internship is unpaid, but interns receive free admission to the PMA for themselves and a guest, and discounts in the PMA Store and Café.

Wednesdays and Fridays in June and July 2013 (June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 and July 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31)

12 hours per week for June and July 2013 (Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

Applications for this internship will be accepted on a rolling basis, until the position is filled.  Please send cover letter, resume, and completed PMA Volunteer/Intern application to: Molly Braswell, Learning and Interpretation Assistant,

The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer


2013-2014 Semmes Foundation Internship [McNay Art Museum]

The McNay Art Museum, a museum of modern and contemporary art, is offering a ten-month internship in curatorial work beginning fall of 2013. The goal of the internship is to help individuals interested in embarking on a curatorial career by providing significant experience in one or more areas of specialization, including work with the collection, exhibitions, publications, and programs. Applicants should have a master’s degree in art history or a related field; have excellent written and oral communication skills; computer proficiency; and research skills. The salary for this 10 month, full-time internship is $23,650. Submit cover letter with mailing address, e-mail, and telephone information; official college and graduate school transcripts; written recommendations from three professors or museum professionals; and a two-page double-spaced typed essay on your curatorial focus and what you hope to learn from the internship. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2013. Send to: Semmes Foundation Internship in Museum Studies, McNay Art Museum, P.O. Box 6069, San Antonio, TX 78209-0069. No fax or email applications accepted unless requested by the McNay.

Jackie A. Edwards
2012 – 2013 Semmes Foundation Intern in Museum Studies
McNay Art Museum
6000 North New Braunfels
P.O. Box 6069
San Antonio, TX 78209-0069
Phone 210.805.1721
Fax 210.824.0218 <>

Curatorial Fellowship [Delaware Art Museum]

The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to offer an annual Curatorial Fellowship. This two-month Fellowship is intended for graduate students working towards a Museum career. This Fellowship honors Alfred Appel, Jr., a leading scholar of American Studies and a collector of modern prints and photographs.

The focus of the Fellowship will change each year based on institutional need. The Fellowship requires two months of full-time work, or the equivalent in part-time hours. The timing of the Fellowship is flexible and can be carried out full-time or part-time, based on applicant and institutional commitments, but must be served consecutively.

The focus of the 2013–14 Fellowship is American art of the first half of the 20th century. Specifically, the Museum recently accessioned a series of drawings by the American artist Violet Oakley (1874–1961) relating to the Angel of Victory Triptych (1941) in the Museum’s permanent collection. (The Museum also owns significant archival documents relating to Oakley). The Fellow will work under the guidance of a Museum Curator to develop an exhibition related to these materials. The exhibition is scheduled to open February 8, 2014.

Receiving the Internship:

A stipend of $3,500 is available for the Fellowship. The Fellowship is intended for those who are currently enrolled in an art history graduate program and are planning a Museum career. While the project may require off-site research, the intern is expected to work on site regularly during the period of the Fellowship.

Important Dates:

The deadline to apply for the 2013 Fellowship is March 1, 2013. Notification of the successful applicant will be announced by April 1, 2013. The chosen candidate will then be asked to provide a date for assuming the Fellowship by May 1, 2013. The Fellowship must be carried out between April 30, 2013 and February 10, 2014.

To Apply:

For consideration, email a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation as an MS Word or PDF attachment to Margaretta Frederick, Chief Curator, at

Click here for a PDF with the above information.

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