Art of the Americas Department Internship

The holdings of one of the MFA’s largest permanent collections, the Arts Americas, represent painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. 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 volunteer intern to assist with work within the Art of the Americas offices, including research projects and general administrative support as needed. This is an unpaid position, working under the Department Coordinator for the Americas department. It offers an opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience by learning first-hand about museum work and personally contributing to one of the world’s finest collections of American art. 


  • Preparing, sorting, and organizing object files
  • Assisting with installations
  • Research for exhibitions, acquisitions, publications, and provenance history of objects in the collections
  • Assisting with transportation of art with other curators and staff members


  • Enrollment in and returning to an undergraduate or graduate degree program in art history, American history, or Museum studies field 
  • Previous experience in a museum setting a plus 
  • Knowledge of American art 
  • Demonstrated strong aptitude with computer databases 
  • Proven careful attention to detail 
  • Ability to commit 20-25 hours per week  for 12 weeks through mid December 
  • Email a single MS-Word document containing your cover letter & resume to: 
  • Ability to attend orientation on either Sat, Sept 26 (9:30am) or Wed, Oct 7 (10am or 6pm)




Part Time


20.00 - 25.00 days per week

Flexible within M-F, 9a-5p parameters.


February 3, 2015


Art of the Americas