The MFA’s European paintings collection is acknowledged to be one of the strongest in North America, with especially deep holdings in Italian gold-ground works, seventeenth-century Dutch paintings, and nineteenth-century French pictures. 

The Art of Europe department seeks a volunteer graduate intern who wishes a deeper familiarity with this important paintings collection and the research tasks of a curator. Working under curators of paintings, the graduate research intern will have an opportunity to learn first-hand both about museum work and a major collection of European paintings. Interns will receive training and can expect to refine their research skills. Interns will be included in behind-the-scenes visits and learning opportunities. 

Successful candidates will be mature, detail-oriented, adept with technology and administrative tasks, and will have a demonstrated interest in museum work.


  • Sorting and organizing paper records in European paintings files
  • Augmenting files with new research conducted in art history libraries
  • Reconciling this information with that in the MFA collections database
  • Assisting with daily tasks as needed


  • Enrollment in, or very recent completion of, a graduate program in art history
  • Substantial experience using libraries to research European art
  • Reading knowledge of at least one non-English European language
  • Interest in an area from medieval through early twentieth-century European paintings; applicants interested and/or knowledgeable in any one of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply: Italian Renaissance, Dutch art of the seventeenth century, British painting, or French art of the nineteenth century.
  • Ability to commit to a regular schedule of 15 hours per week (totaling of 180 hours) through mid December
  • Ability to attend orientation on either Sat, Sept 17 (9:30am) or Wed, Oct 5 (10am or 6pm).




Part Time


15.00 hours per week

Flexible within Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. parameters


February 3, 2015


Art of Europe