MFA Internships

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.

All internships are unpaid except for the Lunder Summer Internships. (Each of these internships carries specific criteria so read each description carefully before applying to ensure you meet all of the criteria. Deadline for applying for the remaining Lunder internship is Fri, Apr 3.)

Opportunities will be posted (and applications accepted) according to the following schedule:

Summer 2015: Feb 3- Mar 27, 2015 (Internships begin May 26, 2015)

Fall 2015: July 29 - Sept 4, 2015 (Internships begin Sept 16, 2015)

All available internships will be listed at /employment/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—especially note details regarding application deadlines. 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 format only. Applications should be emailed to: Cover letters should be addressed to: Herbert Jones, Volunteer and Intern Programs Manager.

To apply for an internship,

1. Prepare a single MS Word document containing:

  • a cover letter (addressed to Herbert Jones, Volunteer & Intern Manager), indicating:
    • the specific internship for which you are applying;
    • how your skills/experience qualify you for the internship;
    • how the named internship fits into your academic and/or career goals;
    • some of your related personal interests, and;
  • a current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
    • *Only MS Word documents will be accepted.

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

***A letter of recommendation (also in MS Word format) from an academic instructor or advisor or from a current/recent employer is strongly encouraged and may be included in the original cover letter/resume document. If submitted separately, the recommendation must also be in MS Word format, and should be e-mailed directly to 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 a position that requests a writing sample, please submit the sample as an additional attachment. (Only the writing sample may be submitted as a PDF file.)

(Note: Cover letters/resumes in formats other than MS Word will not be accepted - nor acknowledged.)

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.

You must submit a separate cover letter/resume combination for each internship, (i.e. only one internship title per cover letter.) 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 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, Summer 2015)

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. Those applicants selected for interviews 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 (i.e., formats other than MS Word) applications 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 & Intern Manager, and should be emailed to

If you choose to send your application by mail, please send to:
Herbert Jones, Volunteer & 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 are enrolled in and, (unless otherwise specified), returning to a degree program. Please 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. The MFA does not sponsor international student interns.

Is There a Deadline for Summer Internship Applications?

Applications are received, interviews are scheduled, and hiring decisions are made on a rolling basis: therefore, applicants should submit their properly formatted applications as soon as possible. We desire to make final decisions regarding summer internships by Friday, April 17, so we ask that all applications arrive to us no later than 12 noon on Friday, March 27, 2015. Please note that positions are removed from the web site as soon as a department selects an intern so consult the listing before submitting an application.

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?

Some departments or internships require recommendations from advisors, instructors, or employers and 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 should also be in MS Word 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. (Be sure to include your preferred email address and a daytime phone number in your cover letter and/or resume.) Applicants not selected for an interview will be notified via email that they are not a finalist as soon as the host department makes that decision. Note: Please note within your cover letter if you are studying/working outside of the U.S. and therefore not available for a domestic (in-person or phone) interview, as the time difference affects the managers’ ability to schedule Skype interviews.

How Do I Know If an Internship Is Still Available?

Internships remain posted throughout the interview period until an offer is made and accepted. Therefore early submission of applications is strongly encouraged. Please visit /employment/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 and the MFA Next Generation Internships, (which carry specific qualifying criteria), all summer 2015 internships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, are unpaid positions. (The application deadline for the Lunder and Next Generation internships was Mar 6.

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 summer internships, though some require 20-25 hours per week. Please see each internship description for its specific time requirement. The Lunder Summer Internships and the MFA Next Generation Internships are fulltime (35 hours/week) internships. 

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. Persons selected as summer interns must plan to attend one of the following orientations: Tues, May 26, (9:30am); or Tues, June 9, (9:30am). Please arrange your schedule accordingly.

When Do Summer Internships Start?

In general summer internships begin in late May - though some begin in early to mid June - 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, and will be confirmed on an individual basis by the host department. Applicants with special circumstances which would impact their start/end dates should indicate this in their cover letter and - if invited - during their interviews. All interns must attend an orientation before beginning their internship - on either Tues, May 26, (9:30am); or Tues, June 9, (9:30am)

When May I Send in My Application Materials for Fall 2015 Internships?

Applications for Fall 2015 internships will not be accepted until we have officially posted the listing on /employment/open-internships, in early August, 2015. Fall internships will run from mid September through mid December 2015.

Is There Housing for Interns?

The MFA does not offer housing. However, our neighbor, Northeastern University offers short-term summer housing specifically designed for interns. You may choose from a range of housing accommodations and amenities while living in a community of peers. Connect through complementary social programming.