Internship opportunities at the Museum are available seasonally in the fall, spring, and summer in a broad range of disciplines including (but not limited to): curatorial, development, public relations, publications, intellectual property, museum education, retail operations, information technology, and human resources.

We expect to publish future opportunities in accordance with the following approximate schedule. 

Summer 2017

  • Opportunities available as of Feb 10, 2017
  • Applications will be accepted, (and decisions made on a rolling basis Feb 10–Mar 27, 2017
  • Internships run May 30–Aug 11, 2017 

We are especially excited to again offer the Lunder Summer Internships for Maine Residents. These needs-based internships are paid, fulltime internships which begin May 30 and continue through Aug 11. (Applications for the Lunder Summer Internships must be received no later than Mon, March 27.)

Fall 2017

  • Opportunities will be determined and published on/about July 26, 2017
  • Applications will be accepted, (and decisions made on a rolling basis July 26–Sept 8, 2017
  • Internships run Sep 23–Dec 15, 2017

Whenever internships become available they will be listed at Open Internships on the dates listed above: no applications for any seasonal internship will be accepted or considered before the listed date.) 

View current positions

* See the updated information in the FAQ section below regarding available housing for summer interns.

Application Procedures

Read this section, (including the Frequently Asked Questions), carefully and completely before submitting your application as some procedures have recently changed. Applications not conforming to these posted procedures will not be acknowledged, processed or considered.

Email is the preferred method of applying, with all attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. (You must attach your actual document; do not link to a cloud/drive version which we need to download.) Applications should be emailed to: intern@mfa.org.

Cover letters should be addressed to: Herbert Jones, Volunteer and Intern Programs Manager

How to apply for an internship

1. Prepare a single document (MS Word or PDF) containing:

a cover letter (addressed to Herbert Jones, Volunteer and Intern Manager), and a current resume. Your cover letter must specify: 

  • the internship title for which you are applying;
  • why your interest, skills, and experience combine to qualify you for the internship;
  • how the named internship fits into your academic and/or career goals;
  • some of your related personal interests;
  • *Only MS Word or PDF documents will be accepted and must not be cloud/drive versions to be downloaded.

2. Email the single document (as an attachment) to: intern@mfa.org. Include your name and the title of the internship in the subject line of the email. 

***A letter of recommendation (in either MS Word or PDF format) from either an academic instructor, (or advisor), or a current/recent employer is strongly encouraged and may be submitted with the original cover letter/resume document. If submitted separately, the recommendation should be e-mailed directly to intern@mfa.org. All recommendations submitted separately (whether sent by you or a third party) must include the applicant’s full name in the subject heading of the e-mail.

***When applying for an internship that requests a writing sample, please submit the sample as an additional attachment in PDF format.

Important Information

All internships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, are unpaid positions unless otherwise specified within the description.

Applicants may apply for up to - but no more than - three internships per season.

Applicants must submit a separate cover letter/resume combination for each internship; however, you may attach a copy of the same letter of recommendation to each of your applications. 

Do not include the cover letter and resume in the body of your email; attach the combined cover letter/resume as a MS Word or PDF document.

The subject line of your email must include:

  • Your full name
  • The title of the internship for which you are applying
  • The season of the internship for which you are applying
  • (for example: Herbert Jones, Public Relations Department Internship, Summer2017)

All properly formatted applications will be acknowledged via email within five business days of receipt by the MFA. Thereafter, and only upon the direction of the host department, you will receive either an interview invitation or a letter advising that you are not a finalist for the internship in question. Any applicant selected for an interview will usually be contacted first via email. (Note: we do not confirm— neither via email nor phone inquiry—receipt of recommendations that arrive separately from the original application.) 

Incomplete and/or incorrectly formatted applications (i.e. cover letter and resume in separate documents) will not be accepted - nor will they be acknowledged. 

Recommendations sent separately (i.e. by a third party) should be addressed to Herbert Jones, Volunteer and Intern Manager, and should be emailed to intern@mfa.org

If you choose to send your application by mail, please send to: 

Herbert Jones, Volunteer and Intern Programs Manager  
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
465 Huntington Avenue 
Boston, MA 02115

Frequently Asked Questions

May I Complete an Internship for Course Credit?

Yes. Please note that internship applicants are responsible for providing copies of the internship description to their advisors, and for making all appropriate arrangements with their schools to receive credit for internships. Hours vary and are flexible; however, a minimum of 12 hours per week is generally expected to receive course credit.

Who May Apply for an Internship?

The MFA accepts applications from college students who have completed their freshman year and, (unless otherwise specified), are still enrolled in a degree program. Some opportunities - though not all -  accept very recent graduates (i.e. have graduated within the twelve months before the start of the internship. Read each description carefully for specific year/class requirements.

Do You Accept International Students?

We accept international students who possess a visa which allows them to volunteer. We encourage all international students to apply. Please note: international students are responsible for making all appropriate arrangements with their countries regarding permits and/or visas, as well as securing housing. (Note: US employment custom strongly discourages including your photo, as well as personal information - including birthdate, age, race, etc. - on your application materials.)  The MFA does not sponsor international student interns.

Is There a Deadline for Summer Internship Applications?

Applications are evaluated (and internships filled) on a rolling basis, so early submission is strongly urged. Internships remain posted until an offer is accepted so consult the listing before submitting an application. However, we will close the application process at 12 noon on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Will I Receive a Confirmation of Receipt of My Application Materials?

All applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their properly formatted applications (i.e., their cover letter/resume combinations) within five business days (not calendar days) of receipt by the MFA. However, applicants will not receive confirmation of recommendations forwarded separately from the original application.

Am I Required to Submit a Letter of Recommendation?

Internships which require recommendations from advisors, instructors, or employers will include this requirement within the description. Even if a recommendation is not listed as a requirement, submitting one can only strengthen your application and is therefore strongly urged. If at all possible, it is best to submit the recommendation along with your cover letter/resume document. (Recommendations must be in either MS Word or PDF format.)

How Will I Know If I Am Selected for an Interview?

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted initially via email to invite them to an interview. (*Your cover letter and your resume must include both your telephone number and your email address.) Applicants not selected for an interview will be notified via email that they are not a finalist as soon as that status is determined.

Note: if you are studying/working outside of the Boston area, (and especially outside the U.S.), and therefore are not available for an in-person or phone interview, you must note this prominently in your cover letter, as the time difference affects the managers’ ability to schedule Skype interviews. Also, indicate if you require an early decision which would impact related stipend pursuits.  

How Do I Know If an Internship Is Still Available?

Internships remain posted until an offer is made and accepted, although sometimes a high volume of applications will persuade us to remove a posting. Therefore early submission of applications is strongly encouraged. Visit Open Internships often and before submitting your application for updates to the listings.

Are Internships at the MFA Paid?

Except for the Lunder Summer Internships (for residents of Maine), all summer internships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston are unpaid positions.

How Many Hours Per Week Do I Need to Commit to an Internship?

The minimum hours vary from internship to internship. In general, an average of 10–20 hours per week is expected for spring internships, though some require 20-25 hours per week. Please see each internship description for its specific time requirement.

Are Interns Required to Attend an Orientation?

Yes, all accepted interns are required to attend an orientation, and no intern may begin her/his internship before attending orientation. Summer orientations will occur on  from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Tues, May 30; and Tues, Jun 13.

When Do Summer Internships Start?

Most summer internships begin on/after May 30 - though some begin after June 13 - and continue through mid August. Start and end dates for each internship will vary based on department schedules as well as the selected intern’s schedule. Specific schedules will be confirmed on an individual basis by the host department. Applicants with special circumstances which impact their start/end dates (e.g. travel, exceptional school calendars, etc) must indicate this in their cover letter and during their interviews.

When May I Send in My Application Materials for Fall 2017 Internships?

Applications for Fall 2017 internships will not be accepted until we have officially posted the listing on Open Internships, in late July 2017. Fall internships will run from late September through mid-December 2017.

Is There Housing for Interns?

The MFA does not offer housing for interns.