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.
Applications accepted July 26–Sept 8, 2016; internships last Sept 17–Dec 9, 2016
Applications accepted Oct 31, 2016–Jan 7, 2017; internships last Jan 21–Apr 28, 2017
Applications accepted Feb 6–Mar 27, 2017; internships last May 30–Aug 11, 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.)
* See the updated information in the FAQ section below regarding available housing for summer interns.
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 or PDF format only. Applications should be emailed to: email@example.com. 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), specifying:
- the internship for which you are applying;
- how 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, and;
- a current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
- *Only MS Word or PDF documents will be accepted.
2. Email the single document (as an attachment) to: firstname.lastname@example.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 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 should be e-mailed directly to email@example.com. 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.
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, (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 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, Fall 2017)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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. 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 Fall 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 anticipate completing the application process no later than Thursday, September 8, 2016.
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?
Departments or internships which require recommendations from advisors, instructors, or employers and will include this requirement within the description. Even if not listed as a requirement, submitting a recommendation 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 both your cover letter and resume.) 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 U.S. and therefore not available for an in-person or phone interview, please 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 throughout the interview period and until an offer is made and accepted. 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?
No, all fall 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 fall 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. Fall orientation will occur on Saturday, Sept 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
When Do Fall Internships Start?
Most fall internships begin on/after Sept 19, and continue through mid-December . 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 Spring 2017 Internships?
Applications for Spring 2017 internships will not be accepted until we have officially posted the listing on Open Internships, in early November, 2016. Spring internships will run from late January through mid-to-late April 2017.
Is There Housing for Interns?
The MFA does not offer housing for interns.