One of the MFA’s largest permanent collections, the Art of the Americas department holdings represents painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from North, Central and South America.  Curators and staff in the department are responsible for studying, interpreting, maintaining, and augmenting these collections in collaboration with other departments throughout the Museum. Responsibilities of department members include: selecting, interpreting, and coordinating installations in the permanent collection galleries; organizing special exhibitions; researching the collection; and arranging for loans to other institutions.

The department is currently seeking a graduate level intern to work on a variety of projects within the department and to build the archival files of the American paintings collection, as well as to develop future program initiatives. Excellent written and communication skills are required. Please submit a short writing sample such as a recent research paper with the professor’s comments, (no more than 500 words), with application. Also please highlight any foreign language skills and proficiency. 

This is an unpaid internship, working under the Art of the Americas Paintings Curators. It offers an opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience by learning first-hand about museum work while personally contributing to the study of one of the world’s best collections of American art.


  • Creating, organizing and maintaining object files, identifying gaps in documentation. 
  • Gathering relevant research materials.  
  • Researching exhibition, publication, and provenance history related to paintings and ensuring that this information is properly documented in both the object files and our electronic database.
  • Ability to think creatively about all forms of departmental programming under the direction of MFA staff and other partners.   


  • Enrollment in a recognized art history program or recent graduation from, a M.A. or Ph.D. program 
  • Prior research experience
  • Demonstrated written and communication skills 
  • Foreign language proficiency a plus
  • Knowledge of American paintings
  • Familiarity with computer databases
  • Careful attention to detail 
  • Email a single MS-Word or PDF document containing your cover letter & resume to: 
  • *Submission of PDF copy of a writing sample of no more than 500 words with professor’s comments
  • Ability to commit 10-15 hours per week for at least 12 weeks through mid August
  • Ability to attend orientation on Tuesday, May 30, or Tuesday, June 13 (9:30am-12noon)




Part Time


10.00 - 15.00 hours per week

Flexible within M-F, 9a-5p parameters. (No evening or weekend hours available or required.)


March 2, 2017


Art of the Americas