Museum Studies at Tufts University

Exploring ideas and engaging in conversation

Category: Job Announcements (page 4 of 1298)

The Emily A. Laird Graduate Student Internship in Museum Studies for Summer 2017 [Newport Restoration Foundation, Newport, RI]

The Emily A. Laird Graduate Student Internship in Museum Studies for Summer 2017

Deadline: February 20, 2017

The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is accepting applications for its 2017 summer internship for graduate students in museum studies, public history, art history, and related fields. Interns will learn and work in a team-based, collaborative environment and play a crucial role in advancing one or more areas of NRF’s mission. The 2017 interns will be based at Doris Duke’s Rough Point, an NRF property open to the public as a house museum. This year, NRF is seeking one graduate intern to work on curatorial projects and one graduate intern to work on education projects. Interns will work with departmental staff and devote approximately half their time to training, participation in daily operations, and general internship assignments. The remainder of their time will be devoted to independent work on a substantive project, to be developed in consultation with their supervisor. Successful interns will possess exceptional interpersonal skills, an enthusiasm for making art and history accessible to the public, intellectual curiosity, and good humor.

NRF excels in three areas:

  • Preserving, researching, and interpreting Doris Duke’s collections of fine and decorative arts
  • Presenting over 200 public programs annually, including walking tours, workshops, lawn programs, lectures, and performances
  • Preserving, researching, and interpreting Newport’s 18th- and early 19th-century vernacular architecture

The interns will work across departmental lines in support of these efforts and can expect to spend time interacting with the public, as well as contributing to general museum business. Specific to the 2017 internship is the likelihood of working on programming for the 2017 exhibition, Nature Tamed in the Landscapes, Gardens, and Collections at Rough Point.

Compensation and living arrangements:

Interns work a minimum of 35 hours per week at a rate of $14.50/hour. Some weekend and evening hours are required. Holidays and other time off are not paid. The 10 week internship typically begins the first week of June and ends in late August, with exact dates to be determined at time of offer. Housing in Newport is available at a reduced rate of approximately $100-125 per week.


Applicants must be graduate students, or those completing their program of graduate study in the semester immediately prior to the internship.

A complete application consists of:

  1. A short personal statement (700-800 words maximum) that outlines a professional or research interest in one or more of NRF’s areas of operations;
  2. A resume of no more than two pages;
  3. Contact information for three references.

Please send all materials in a single PDF to Kelsey Mullen, Public Programs Manager, at

NRF is an equal opportunity employer.

Closing date is February 20, 2017; applicants will be notified by mid-March.

About the Newport Restoration Foundation

The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 by Doris Duke to preserve, maintain, and interpret Aquidneck Island’s 18th- and early 19th-century architectural heritage. In addition to a collection of more than 70 early American houses, now rented to tenant-stewards, NRF operates three museum properties: Rough Point, Doris Duke’s Newport mansion and home to a significant collection of European paintings, furniture, and textiles, and other European and Asian decorative arts; Whitehorne House, featuring a collection of 18th- and early 19th-century Newport furniture (which will be closed to the public in 2017); and Prescott Farm, a public park and historic site with ties to the Revolutionary War. The foundation is actively engaged in historic preservation, public programming, and scholarly research.

For more information:

Emily A. Laird was an M.A. student in museum studies at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, Cooperstown, N.Y. when she came to Newport as a Newport Restoration Foundation collections intern in 2011. During her time at the NRF, Emily displayed a passion for scholarship, dedication to her work, and a keen interest in her museum colleagues, the local community, and the unique qualities of Newport and environs. She worked closely with staff and had made an excellent start on her individual project before falling critically ill in mid-summer. She died on September 29, 2011.

Fellow for Diversity in the Arts [Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA]

Fellow for Diversity in the Arts

The Worcester Art Museum (WAM) seeks an exceptional fellow in the department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. The 13 week position, supported by the Moggio Foundation, encourages the advancement of minorities within the museum community. The Fellow for Diversity in the Arts will focus on research related to upcoming exhibitions, notably Worcester contemporary photomontage artist John O’Reilly and turn-of- the-century amateur photographer William Bullard, whose collection of 5,000 negatives includes a rare group of photographs representing African Americans and Nipmuc descendants in the Worcester area.

The Fellow will report to the Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, but engagement may cross-over into other areas of the museum outside of Curatorial, notably Exhibition Design and Fabrication, Registration, and Conservation.

The Diversity Fellow will be expected to research and write about objects for exhibitions as well as objects brought into the collection for potential acquisition or deaccession. Further, he or she will be expected to perform administrative tasks for the Prints, Drawings and Photographs department including the cataloguing, movement and storage of artworks as needed.

By the start of the fellowship, the candidate should be an advanced undergraduate or graduate student with a strong art historical foundation. Excellent communications skills, both oral and written, are expected, as is an ability to do independent research offsite as well as the ability to confidently engage with archival materials. Art handling experience and a broad knowledge of African American art history and/or contemporary art are highly desirable. The fellowship is a part-time, limited-term, non-exempt position requiring the candidate to be on-site two days a week for a total of 8-10 hours.

Qualified candidates please send a resume, a letter of interest, and a brief writing sample to Interim Director of Human Resources, Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA, 01609, or email documents to Minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Worcester Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Coordinator of Interpretive Services and Audience Engagement [Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT]

The Coordinator of Interpretive Services and Audience Engagement is an advanced entry level position responsible for taking and processing reservations for all of the Museum’s school programs and adult tours and supervising the visitor services team. Reservation responsibilities include, but are not limited to: school and community center visits and guided tours for adults. Supervisory responsibilities include, but are not limited to, building and evaluating a visitor services team, creating its schedule, leading trainings for visitor services and security staff and ensuring that best practices in visitor services are followed. As the initial contact between program participants and the Bruce Museum as well as the coordinator of visitor services (VS), this position requires an outgoing, friendly personality with strong organizational and computer skills. A high degree of independent decision-making and authority for such decisions is required. Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in art, science, cultural history, education, museum studies, or related field required; Out of classroom teaching experience, handling of collections required; Experience in administrative work, particularly with scheduling software, required; Experience using Altru (by Blackbaud) a plus; Experience in customer service in a museum setting preferred. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Kathleen Holko at No phone calls please. The full job description is on the Bruce Museum website:


Building Technician [Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA]

Building Technician I

Full Time Benefitted Position

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art presents internationally-recognized collections and exhibitions and a broad array of cultural and educational activities.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art has an opening for Building Technician I in the Facilities Department. Must be able to work at a busy pace, have a flexible working style and good communication problem-solving skills. The right applicant will have the ability to work well as a team member , be diplomatic and collaborative, and effectively perform regular duties independently.

Requirements include: High School diploma, two years of experience in general maintenance and/or in skilled trades; must have excellent mechanical abilities. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. on an occasional basis and up to 25 lbs. frequently. Prior art handling experience a plus.

The position reports to the Facilities and Installations Manager.

  • Full-time, regular, and non-exempt status.
  • Salary is DOE and the position is eligible for full benefits.
  • Successful Background Check is required
  • Deadline to apply: Applications (with salary requirements), Resumes and Cover Letters will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please E-mail to:

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Application at under our About page and Career link.

Registrar/Collections Manager [The Printing Museum, Houston, TX]

Classification: Temporary, 1 year position
Work Schedule: Flexible, 30-40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Reports to: Curator


While the museum remains closed to the public in 2017, it will undergo a strategic planning process with focused attention towards how the collection aligns with its mission and future moving forward. The Registrar/Collections Manager will play a crucial role in this process, working towards completing an accurate inventory and catalog of the collection, as well as establishing clear ownership and title of collection items.

Oversee the proper documentation and care of the museum’s collections (including archives and Reference Library) in accordance with museum “Standards and Best Practices,” as put forth by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

  • Complete an inventory of the collection, currently in-progress
  • Create and maintain object and vendor documentation and files, as well as digital files and photographs related to the collection
  • Determine status of museum ownership for collection items by reviewing museum records
  • Establish records of ownership for Found in Collection (FIC) items
  • Accession and catalog collection items; assigning accession and/or catalog numbers to all objects in the collection and creating accurate and precise entries in Past Perfect, the museum’s collection management database.

Develop cataloging solutions to improve systems of record and accuracy of collection data.

Maintain and oversee condition, housing, and transportation of collection items.

Prepare reports for Collection Management Committee meetings and assist with drafting new forms and paperwork, as needed.

Other Duties:

  • Oversee and help facilitate a preservation assessment of the collection by an outside professional, which will lead to the eventual creation of a Preventative Conservation Plan.
  • Work with Curator, Executive Director, and Collections Committee in reviewing, updating, and drafting policies and procedures related to collections management, including updating the Collections Management Policy.
  • Support Curator as needed in collection research, refining a scope of collections, and creating a vision for collection development in relation to institutional planning.
  • Performs other collection duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in history, art history, library science, museum studies or related field.
Master’s Degree is a plus.

2-5 years of experience in a museum environment involving collection registrar work and/or collections management, as well as object handling.

Extensive knowledge of collections handling techniques, as well as AAM-recommended museum practices and ethical standards.
Experience with collection/documentary photography and construction of basic housing for documents, books, and artifacts is a plus.

Proficiency using collection management software (such as TMS or Past Perfect) and knowledge of museum cataloging standards and registration techniques. Proficiency in working with Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Google SketchUp is a plus.

Willing and interested in working with collection records and computer database for long hours over extended periods of time, as well as able to use discretion, maintain confidentiality, and respect donor privacy.

Capable of working independently, but also adept at working in a team/collaborative environment, including working with and possibly overseeing volunteers and interns.

Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, including the ability to present information in a variety of formats, as well as demonstrated organizational and time management skills.

Interest and experience with letterpress printing, graphic design, digital technology and/or library science is a major plus.

Must have a valid driver’s license and able to lift 30 pounds.


Commensurate with experience and education. Temporary, full-time, 30 – 40 hours/week. The Museum of Printing History dba The Printing Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply:

Please direct all inquiries to Keelin Burrows, Curator. To apply, please send a current resume, a letter of interest, and the contact information for 3 professional references to Keelin Burrows, Curator at Preference will be given to candidates who apply by Wednesday, January 18, 2016. For more information about The Printing Museum please visit and for more information about the museum’s collections visit

About us:

For nearly 35 years, the Museum has promoted, preserved, and shared the knowledge of printed communication and art as the greatest contributors to the development of the civilized world and the continuing advancement of freedom and literacy.

Each year, over 10,000 visitors experience the history of printing technologies and how those technologies were used by men and women to make a lasting impact on the world. Visitors also explore both historical and contemporary aspects of printing through temporary exhibitions and special events. We also provide an opportunity for people to excel at the craft and art of printing through workshops, seminars and our annual Summer Book Arts Studio.

Older posts Newer posts

Spam prevention powered by Akismet

Switch to our mobile site