Art of the Americas Graduate Research Internship - Paintings

Spanning the Ancient Americas through the late 20th century, the Art of the Americas department studies, interprets, maintains, and manages one of the MFA's largest permanent collections. Encompassing painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from North, Central and South America, the Art of the Americas staff coordinate installations in the permanent collection galleries, organize special exhibitions, research the collection, and arrange loans to other institutions. 

The department is currently seeking a highly-motivated graduate level intern to build the research files for paintings to be included in two forthcoming exhibitions and installations, to draft selected catalogue entries on individual objects, and to prepare loan letters for two forthcoming exbibitions and installations. The position offers an opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience by learning first-hand about museum work and personally contributing to the study of one of the nations's finest collections of American art and art from throughout the Americas. (*This position is supervised by the Chair of the Art of the Americas Department, and candidates mush have a personal interview to be considered.

The Research intern will be responsible for work relating to the paintings area of the collections - creating, organizing, and maintaining object files, identifying gaps in documentation,  gathering, and relevant research materials, preparing loan letters, and drafting preliminary interpretative materials for the exhibition to be used in the galleries and online. The intern will research exhibition, publication, and provenance history related to paintings that are to be included in the exhibitions and installations and ensure that this information isproperly documented in both the object files and our electronic database. These materials will also inform the intern's own written contributions, undertaken with the direction of the Chair, for preliminary research contributing to the exhibition. Prior research experience and excellent written and communication skills are required.


  • Creating, organizing, and maintaining object files 
  • Identifying gaps in documentation, gathering, and relevant research materials 
  • Preparing loan letters and drafting preliminary interpretative materials for the exhibition to be used in the galleries and online 


  • Enrollment in a recognized graduate level art history program or recent graduation from, a M.A. or Ph.D. program
  • Demonstrated written and communication skills
  • Knowledge of American paintings
  • Familiarity with computer databases
  • Careful attention to detail 
  • Prior research experience is highly desirable
  • *Submission of writing sample no more than 500 words with professor’s comments (PDF's allowed)
  • Ability to commit 10-15 hours per week for at least 12 weeks through mid December
  • Ability to attend orientation on either Wed, Sept 17 (6 pm) or TWed, Oct 1 (10 am or 6 pm)




Part Time


10.00 - 15.00 hours per week

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


November 9, 2012


Art of the Americas