Conservation and Collections Management is an integral part of the Museum’s stated purpose to hold its collections in trust for future generations. Members of the department promote the long-term preservation of artworks through development of conservation treatments, study of materials and techniques, scholarly research and documentation. The department follows internationally established standards to document and maintain the aesthetic and physical integrity of works of art through six conservation disciplines, an analytical facility, and a collections management division responsible for safe exhibition, storage, transport, as well as the collections database.

The Registrar’s Office, within the Conservation and Collections Management department, is responsible for tracking the location and condition of every object in the Museum’s collection, as well as every object on loan to the Museum. 

Interns will come to understand how a museum registrar’s office operates while assisting with a variety of clerical duties and tasks. Students will gain a clear understanding of the planning and communications of executing and documenting loans. Interns are expected to recognize the importance of thoughtfulness to detail as well as the discretion that is required when working with confidential records for the MFA. Training on the Museum’s database will be provided. Working directly with the entire registrar staff at the MFA, the intern will assist with all aspects of administration.


  • Registration, cataloguing, documenting and recording of art work both on loan to and owned by the MFA. 
  • Perform data entry into the Museum database assisting with the keeping of the permanent records for exhibition and loans, and typing and maintaining lender/donor/borrower records. 
  • Special projects, as assigned, such as assisting exhibitions, researching objects on loan, lenders, borrowers to the MFA 
  • Document preparation for accessioning and other miscellaneous projects as assigned


  • Enrollment in a graduate program (Art History or Museum Studies concentrations preferred) 
  • Prior museum experience is desirable 
  • Accurate clerical and word-processing skills are essential 
  • Clerical, office, or library experience is desirable 
  • Keen attention to detail and excellent proofreading skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively
  • Ability to attend orientation from 9:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. on Saturday, September 16 
  • Ability to commit to 12-20 hours per week (within the Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm framework) through mid-December




Part Time


12.00 - 20.00 hours per week

To be determined; flexible within Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


March 2, 2017


Conservation and Collections Mgmt, Registrar's Office