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 contribute to work within the Art of the Americas offices, in addition to other 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 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 
  • Strong aptitude with computer databases 
  • Careful attention to detail 
  • Ability to commit 20-25 hours per week for at least 12 weeks through mid April
  • Ability to attend an orientation on either Wed, Jan 21 (6pm) or Wed, Feb 4 (10am or 6pm)




Part Time


20.00 - 25.00 days per week

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


November 5, 2014


Art of the Americas