Graphic Design Internship

The Department of Exhibitions and Design oversees the Museum’s exhibition and display program, as well as that of our sister museum in Japan, the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The MFA has up to 20 temporary special exhibitions per year, in six exhibition galleries, which range from projects conceived of and organized by the MFA to touring exhibitions in which we participate. 

The Design function within this department consists of exhibition designers who are involved with the design of all exhibitions, gallery renovations and rotations, apparatus and lighting for object installations, and other miscellaneous projects that arise. This includes graphics, lighting, fabric selection, paint colors, object placement, gallery and wall layout, and design of exhibition apparatus, among other details. They work closely with the curators and conservators on the development of their designs, and with the Facilities Department, including the carpenters, painters, and electricians, on carrying out the designs.

Graphic design, under the guidance of the exhibition designers, encompasses creating and producing all exhibition and gallery graphics including labels, text panels, audio guide labels, photo blow-ups, timelines, and other graphics. 

The Design Department is currently seeking an undergraduate or graduate level intern who can assist specifically with the graphic design component of exhibition design. Undergraduate or graduate students who major in graphic design and/or typography are strongly encouraged to apply. 


  • Assist with the creation and production of various graphic labels, panels, displays for gallery and/or public place display 
  • Assist the department with other administrative functions as necessary and directed


  • Enrollment in and returning to an undergraduate graphic design/arts or typography program
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive within a team environment while sometimes working independently 
  • Demonstrated success working in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated successful experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photo Shop, Illustrator and especially InDesign) is preferred
  • Ability to commit to 7-14 hours per week for twelve weeks, through mid-August.
  • Ability to attend orientation on either Tuesday, May 26 (9am) or Tuesday, June 9 (9am). 




Part Time


7.00 - 14.00 hours per week

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


February 3, 2015


Exhibitions and Design