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. All internships are unpaid unless otherwise specified within the description.
We expect to publish future opportunities in accordance with the following approximate schedule.
- Opportunities will be determined and published on/about November 6, 2018; no applications accepted before then.
- Spring orientation will be on Saturday, January 19; internships will begin on/after Tuesday, January 22, 2018.
- Opportunities will be determined and published on/about February 6, 2019; no applications accepted before then.
- Summer orientations will be held on Tuesday, May 28 and Tuesday, June 11; students will begin their internships once they have attended their assigned orientation.
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 document (MS Word or PDF) containing: a cover letter (addressed to Herbert Jones, Volunteer and Intern Manager), and a current resume. Your cover letter must specify:
- the internship title for which you are applying
- why your interest, experience, and skills combine to qualify you for the internship
- how the named internship fits into your ongoing academic and/or career goals
- **any periods when you are not available for an in-person interview**
*Only MS Word or 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.
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, but must submit a separate cover letter/resume combination for each internship. However, you may attach a copy of the same letter of recommendation to each of your applications.
Students may complete up to (but no more than) three semesters as an intern.
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, Spring 2019)
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 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 acknowledged or nor considered.
Recommendations sent separately (i.e. by a third party) should be addressed to Herbert Jones, Volunteer and Intern Manager, and should be emailed to email@example.com.
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 students desiring to receive academic credit for an internship are responsible for (1) providing copies of the internship description to their advisors, and (2) making all appropriate arrangements with their schools to receive credit for internships. Internships for credit usually require a minimum of 12 hours per week so be sure the internship you apply to is approved by your advisor, ideally prior to an interview—but definitely before accepting an internship offer.
Who may apply for an internship?
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.)
Do you accept international students?
We encourage all international students to apply as long as their Visa allows them to volunteer, (i.e work for free) and they meet the qualifications for the internship to which they 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. (US employment custom strongly discourages including your photo, as well as personal information—including birthdate, age, race, etc.—on your application materials.) The MFA does not sponsor international student interns.
Is there a deadline for Spring internship applications?
Applications are evaluated (and internships filled) on a rolling basis and decisions may be made very early in the application cycle, so early submission is strongly urged. We expect to fill or close the application process no later than 12 noon on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
Will I receive a confirmation of receipt of my application materials?
All properly formatted applications will be acknowledged via email within five (5) business days: applications not conforming to published formatting requirements will not be acknowledged nor considered. Recommendations received separate from original applications will not be confimed.
Am I required to submit a letter of recommendation?
Some internships require a recommendation and will include this in their descriptions. Recommendations are strongly encouraged even if not listed as a requirement within the description. If at all possible, it is best to submit the recommendation along with your cover letter/resume document. (Recommendations must be in either MS Word or PDF 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. (*Include your email and telephone number in your cover letter and your 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 not available for an in-person or phone interview, (e.g. outside the Boston area), specify this prominently in your cover letter. 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.
How do I know if an internship is still available?
Visit Open Internships often and immediately before submitting your application. Internships usually remain posted until an offer is made and accepted; however, sometimes a high volume of applications will lead us to remove a posting before actually filling an internship. Early submission of applications is strongly encouraged.
Are internships at the MFA paid?
All Spring 2019 internships are unpaid.
How many hours per week do I need to commit to an internship?
Each internship is different. Most unpaid internships require a commitment of 10–15 hours per week, though some require 20-25 hours per week. Review each internship description for its specific time requirement.
Are interns required to attend an orientation?
All accepted interns are required to attend an orientation, and no intern may begin her/his internship before attending orientation. Fall interns must attend the orientation on Saturday, January 26; from 9:30 am to 12:15 pm
When do Spring internships start?
Spring internships begin on/after Monday, January 28, 2019 and continue through mid-April. Start and end dates for each internship will vary based on department schedules - as well as the selected intern’s schedule - and must be confirmed on an individual basis. 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 Summer 2019 internships?
Applications for Summer 2019 internships will not be accepted until we have officially posted the listing on Open Internships, in early February 2019. Summer internships will run from late-May through mid-August 2019.
Is there housing for interns?
The MFA does not offer housing for interns.