Contemporary Art Performance Art Internship

The Department of Contemporary Art is seeking a Performance Art intern 12-15 hours per week during business hours, with some evening hours on event days. Contemporary art at the MFA encompasses many media including film and video art, sculpture, installation, photography, paintings, design, craft, decorative arts and performance.

In September 2011, the Museum opened its renovated Linde Family Wing as a space dedicated to contemporary art, vastly expanding the department’s capacity for exhibition and programs. In early 2013, the MFA launched its new performance art program.

This internship is an excellent opportunity for a self-starter, with attention to detail and strong organizational skills, to assist in the production of performance artworks, working closely with a curator and living artists in the context of an encyclopedic fine arts institution.

Reporting to the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & MFA Programs, basic responsibilities of this position include the following:


  • Create and manage production schedules
  • Assist with event publicity via social media and other outlets
  • Assist with the acquisition of materials and other administrative tasks
  • Assist with the coordination of artists’ projects between different departments at the Museum
  • Provide support for the curator and participating artists on various administrative and production-related tasks the weeks prior to and day of the event


  • Interest in or knowledge of Performance Art
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Attention to detail and longer-term organizational vision
  • Ability to take initiative and provide self-direction when needed
  • Strong social and communications skills
  • Interest in working with living artists
  • Ability to attend orientation Wed, Jan 21 (6pm) or Wed, Feb 4 (10am or 6pm)




Part Time


12.00 - 15.00 hours per week

To be determined with supervisor based on performance schedule.


November 5, 2014


Contemporary Art and MFA Programs