The Museum Pathways Program at the MFA is committed to creating an institution that reflects the diversity of the City of Boston and nation and in alignment with the MFA's educational mission, the Museum offers a broad range of internship opportunities centered on applied experience, peer dialogue, and professional development.
We are especially mindful of those in our community impacted by inequity due to ability, language, class, age, gender, religion, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and are working diligently to address perceived and real barriers that keep anyone from fully experiencing an internship at the museum.
As we amplify our efforts toward becoming a truly inclusive institution, ensuring that diversity, equity, and access are lived values, we must start with a diverse, highly qualified pool of applicants.
We actively encourage candidates who identify as persons of color to apply for these opportunities and also have specified funding to support students from community colleges and state schools.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
The Museum of Fine Arts offers college level internships (undergraduate and graduate) in fall, spring, and summer terms, and across many departments, including but not limited to: curatorial, development, public relations, publications, intellectual property, museum education, information technology, and exhibition/design. MFA interns develop networks, gain hands-on training in specific museum roles, and participate in professional development workshops designed to introduce a range of museum careers and practices. (We do not offer internships for high school students. Please visit our Teen Programs page to learn about opportunities for engaging teens.)
We are now accepting internship applications for summer 2020 internships, only. Applications are reviewed and positions are filled on a rolling basis, so apply now (in accordance with the application procedures below.)
- Applications for Summer 2020 are being accepted now. We operate on a rolling basis so apply ASAP.
- Summer orientations will be on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 and Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 9:30 am to 12:15 pm; internships will begin on/after the respective orientation date, (i.e. interns must attend an orientation before beginning their internships.)
- Applications for Fall 2020 will be posted in mid-to-late July 2020..
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.
Read this section (including the Frequently Asked Questions), carefully and completely before submitting your application. Applications not conforming to these posted procedures will not be acknowledged, processed, or considered.
1. Prepare a single PDF document containing: a cover letter (addressed to Herbert Jones, Intern Program Manager), and a current resume. Your cover letter must specify:
- the title of the internship for which you are applying
- why your interest, experience, and skills combine to qualify you for the internship
- how the specific internship fits into your ongoing academic and/or career goals
- **any periods when you are not available for an in-person interview**
*Only PDF documents will be accepted and must not be cloud/drive versions to be downloaded.
2. E-mail the single document (as an attachment) to email@example.com. The subject line must include your name and the title of the internship.
***A letter of recommendation (in either MS Word or PDF format) from either an academic instructor or advisor or a current/recent employer is strongly encouraged and may be submitted with the original cover letter/resume document. If submitted separately, the recommendation should be e-mailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 an internship that requests a writing sample, please submit the sample as an additional attachment in PDF format.
We currently offer both paid and unpaid internships. Please read each description carefully to know if it is a paid our unpaid opportunity.
Each applicant may apply for up to three internships per semester. Persons who wish to apply for multiple internships must submit a separate cover letter/resume combination for each internship. You may attach a copy of the same letter of recommendation to each of your applications.
*Students may serve no more than one semester as a paid intern; and no more than three semesters as an unpaid intern.
Do not include the cover letter or resume in the body of your e-mail; attach the combined cover letter/resume as a PDF document.
The subject line of your e-mail 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 2020)
All properly formatted applications will be acknowledged via e-mail within five business days of receipt by the MFA. Thereafter, we will update you as directed by the department to which you applied.
*Incomplete and/or incorrectly formatted applications (i.e. cover letter and resume in separate documents) will not be acknowledged or nor considered.
Any applicant selected for an interview may be contacted via e-mail or phone; be sure to include your e-mail address and phone number on your cover letter and your resume.
Recommendations sent separately (i.e. by a third party) should be addressed to Herbert Jones, Intern Program Manager, and should be e-mailed to email@example.com. (Note: we do not confirm receipt of recommendations that arrive separately from the original application.)
If you choose to submit your application by mail, please send to:
Herbert Jones, Intern Program Manager
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Frequently Asked Questions
The MFA accepts applications from college students who have completed their freshman year and are enrolled in a degree program during the internship. Some opportunities—though not all—accept very recent graduates (i.e. persons who have graduated within the twelve months before the start of the internship. Read each description carefully for specific year/class requirements.)
To complete an internship at the MFA for academic credit, you must:
- provide a copy of the internship description to your advisor, and
- make all appropriate arrangements with your school to receive credit—including verifying that the internship meets the school’s criteria for credit—before applying. Internships for credit usually require a minimum of 12 hours per week: have your advisor review the description.
Yes, we encourage international students to apply if they are available for the full internship period. Please note that all international students are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their countries including permits, visas, and housing. The MFA does not sponsor visas for interns. The MFA does not sponsor international student interns.
We evaluate applications, interview and select interns on a rolling basis, so applicants should submit their properly formatted applications as soon as possible. Submit your application ASAP, but no later than 12:00 noon on March 20, 2020, (for paid internships), and April 2, 2020, (for unpaid internships.) We hope to complete selections for summer interns by Thursday, April 10, 2020; (Please check Open Internships daily for updates to the listings.)
Recommendations are strongly encouraged. If at all possible, submit the recommendation along with your cover letter/resume document. (Recommendations must be in either PDF or MS Word format.)
All properly formatted applications are acknowledged via email within five business days of receipt by the MFA. Improperly formatted materials are not acknowledged, nor considered.
Applicants selected for an interview may be contacted via either email or phone. Be sure your cover letter and your resume include your preferred email address and daytime phone number. Applicants not selected for an interview will be notified thereof via email as soon as possible once the host department makes that decision.
Note: State clearly in your cover letter if you are not available for an in-person or phone interview, (e.g. if you're outside the Boston area). If possible we will attempt to arrange a phone or Skype interview. Also, indicate if you require an early decision which would impact related stipend pursuits.
Each internship description will state clearly if it offers a stipend; be sure to read each description carefully.
Most summer internships require a commitment of 10–15 hours per week; though some require 20–35 hours per week. All paid interns are required to participate in 2 hours of professional development per week. Review each internship description for its specific time requirement.
Before beginning their internship, all selected summer interns must attend an orientation session on either Tuesday, May 26 or Tuesday, June 9, from 9:30 am–Noon. Additionally, all paid interns must attend a Payroll orientation with our Human Resources department in the afternoon of May 26 / June 9.
Summer internships begin on/after attending one of the orientation sessions listed above, and continue through mid-August. Start and end dates will vary based on department schedules as well as the selected intern’s schedule—and must be confirmed on an individual basis at the beginning of the semester. Applicants must indicate any special circumstances which impact their start/end dates in your cover letter and during their interviews.
Applications for Fall 2020 internships will not be accepted until we have officially posted the listing on Open Internships; on or about July 24, 2020.
The MFA does not provide housing for interns. However, three neighboring colleges offer summer housing programs for students performing internships in the Boston area. Click on each institution's name for details about their programs. Boston University; Massachusetts College of Art; Northeastern University.