One of the MFA’s largest permanent collections, the Art of the Americas department holdings represent painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from North, Central and South America. Curators and staff in the department are responsible for studying, interpreting, maintaining, and augmenting these collections in collaboration with other departments throughout the Museum. Responsibilities of department members include: selecting, interpreting, and coordinating installations in the permanent collection galleries; organizing special exhibitions; researching the collection; and arranging for loans to other institutions.
The department is currently seeking a graduate level intern to work on a variety of projects within the department including, but not limited to administrative support and research. This is an unpaid position, working under the Art of the Americas Paintings Curators. It offers an opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience by learning first-hand about museum work and personally contributing to the study of one of the world’s best collections of American art.
• Assisting with administrative tasks and research in support of the paintings area of the department
• Enrollment in a recognized graduate level art history program or recent graduation from, a M.A. or Ph.D. program
• Demonstrated written and communication skills
• Knowledge of American paintings
• Demonstrated organizational skills
• Familiarity with computer databases
• Careful attention to detail
• Proficiency in at least one language in addition to English is helpful
• Prior research experience is highly desirable
• *Submission of writing sample no more than 500 words with professor’s comments
• Ability to commit 10-15 hours per week for at least 12 weeks (through mid August)
• Ability to attend orientation on either Tues, May 27 (9:30 am-12 pm) or Tues, June 10 (9:30 am-12 pm)