The MFA's European paintings collection is acknowledged to be one of the strongest in North America, with especially deep holdings in Italian gold-ground works, seventeenth-century Dutch paintings, and nineteenth-century French pictures.
The Art of Europe department seeks a volunteer intern who wishes a deeper familiarity with this important paintings collection and the research tasks of a curator. Working under the curator of paintings, the research intern will have an opportunity to learn first-hand both about museum work and a major collection of European paintings. Interns will receive training and can expect to refine their research skills. Interns will be included in behind-the-scenes visits and learning opportunities. Successful candidates will be mature, detail-oriented, adept with technology and administrative tasks, and will have a demonstrated interest in museum work.
• Sorting and organizing paper records in European paintings files
• Augmenting files with new research conducted in art history libraries
• Reconciling this information with that in the MFA collections database
• Assisting with daily tasks as needed
• Enrollment in, or recent completion of, a graduate program in art history
• Substantial experience using libraries to research European art
• Reading knowledge of at least one non-English European language
• Interest in an area from medieval through early twentieth-century European paintings; applicants interested and/or knowledgeable in Dutch art of the seventeenth century are particularly encouraged to apply
• Ability to attend orientation on either Wed, Jan 8 (10 am or 6 pm); Wed, Jan 22 (6 pm); or Wed, Feb 5 (10 am or 6 pm)
• Ability to commit to a regular schedule that will total a minimum of 200 hours over one or two semesters
*Applications will be evaluated as they are received throughout the year. Ideally, start and end dates will reflect the standard Fall / Winter-Spring / Summer intern schedule, but they might be flexible depending on intern availability or department need.