Innovative MFA Pathways internship program provides paid opportunities for college students

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, invites college and university students to participate in the life of the Museum through the MFA Pathways internship program. Through semester-long undergraduate-level paid internships in departments across the institution, MFA Pathways interns gain hands-on training in specific museum roles, participate in professional development to learn about a range of museum careers and practices, and build professional networks on which to draw in advancing career aspirations. With a paid program in place, the MFA no longer offers unpaid internships or student volunteer opportunities.

As we amplify our efforts toward becoming a truly inclusive institution, ensuring that diversity and equity are lived values, the MFA actively encourages students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to apply to the program. All participants receive mentoring from staff in their assigned departments and opportunities to engage with informal mentors throughout the Museum.

Review available internships and apply during the application periods on the Museum's job portal. Link will be activated during open application period.

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Program Dates

Fall 2022 Internships

September 16–December 9, 2022
Application deadline: August 25, 2022, 4 pm

Spring 2023 Internships

January 20–April 28, 2023
Application period: October 25–December 2, 2022

Summer 2023 Internships

June 16–September 1, 2023
Application period: February 10–March 24, 2023 TBD

Application deadlines, required hours, and specific eligibility qualifications are included in each individual description. Students are welcome to apply to up to three internships per semester; please submit a separate application for each position.

The MFA offers paid experiential learning opportunities for high school students, as well. Please visit Teen Programs to learn more.


The MFA Pathways Internship Program is made possible with generous support from Barbara and Amos Hostetter, Carlotte and Samuel Berk, The Lunder Foundation in honor of Barbara and Theodore Alfond, the Eric & Jane Nord Family Fund, and the Nancy S. Druker Memorial Fund. Additional support is provided by the Black Arts and Artists Curators Circle.