Art of the Americas Graduate Exhibition Internship - Decorative Arts

One of the MFA’s largest permanent collections, the Art of the Americas department holdings represent 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 Art of the Americas Department seeks a graduate level intern to assist with the upcoming exhibition, “Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia,” currently scheduled to open at the MFA in late summer of 2015. This is an unpaid position, supervised by the Curators of Decorative Arts and Sculpture. It offers an opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience by learning first-hand about museum work and the process of organizing a major traveling show.

The Graduate Exhibition Intern will be responsible for performing research and administrative tasks in support of the exhibition. Prior research experience and Spanish language skills are necessary; prior exhibition experience is highly desirable. 


  • 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, or recent graduation from, a M.A. or Ph.D. program 
  • General knowledge of decorative arts or paintings of North, Central, or South America and/or Asia
  • Strong computer skills
  • Foreign language skills 
  • Ability to commit 10-15 hours per week for at least 12 weeks through mid August 
  • Ability to attend orientation on Tues, May 26 (9:30am-12noon) or Tues, June 9 (9:30am-12noon) 




Part Time


10.00 - 15.00 hours per week

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


February 3, 2015


Art of the Americas