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Career Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: The following listings are a selection of opportunities periodically highlighted and are not a complete listing of available art-related positions.  Swarthmore Career Services offers many services and position searches that can be found at

The Winterthur Research Fellowship Program is accepting applications for 2019-2020.

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library is Opening Doors to Scholarship! Winterthur invites scholars, graduate students, artists, and craftspeople to begin brainstorming and planning projects for application to the 2019–2020 Research Fellowship Program!

A research fellowship at Winterthur offers:

Unparalleled Collections:

Printed and rare books, manuscripts and ephemera, images, and museum and garden collections

A Broad Range of Scholarly Topics and Academic Disciplines:

Topics in social and cultural history, ethnic and religious history, art history, literary studies, American studies, design history and decorative arts, geography and landscape studies, material culture, museum studies, and conservation studies
Topics related to the colonial Americas and the United States in a global context from the 17th to the 20th centuries

A Collegial Atmosphere:

Access to the expertise of librarians, curators, conservators, graduate students, and other research fellows with related interests

A Material Culture Perspective:

Experience gained in seeking new knowledge from the study of the material world

Fellowships Offered:

Fellowships include a 4-month postdoctoral fellowship, 1–2 semester dissertation fellowships, and 1–3 month short-term fellowships.

Winterthur is once again offering short-term Maker-Creator Fellowships. These fellowships are designed for artists, writers, filmmakers, horticulturists, craftspeople, and others who wish to examine, study, and immerse themselves in Winterthur’s vast collections in order to inspire creative and artistic works.

Fellows have full access to the library collections, including more than 87,000 volumes and one-half million manuscripts and images, searchable online. Resources for the 17th to the early 20th centuries include printed and rare books, manuscripts, period trade catalogues, auction and exhibition catalogues, printed ephemera, and an extensive reference photograph collection of decorative arts. Fellows may conduct object-based research in the museum collection, which includes 90,000 artifacts and works of art made or used in America from about 1600 to 1860, with a strong emphasis on domestic life. Winterthur also supports a program of scholarly publications including Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture.

Fellows may reside in a furnished stone farmhouse on the Winterthur grounds and participate in the lively scholarly community at Winterthur.

Fellowship applications are due January 15, 2019. For more details and to apply, visit the Research Fellowship webpage or e-mail

Research Fellowship Poster
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Mass MoCA Winter/Spring Internships

Between MASS MoCA's 250,000 square feet of gallery space and our year-round performing arts events, it's always an exciting time to be at MASS MoCA. Jump-start your career with an internship at the museum.

MASS MoCA offers internship positions in almost all departments — below you will find links to the full descriptions and an application for this season.

Dates of internships: Monday, January 28 – Sunday, May 12, 2019

Application deadline: Saturday, November 17, 2018. Apply here.

Internship Positions:

Stage Tech/Performing Arts Production
Visual Arts - Curatorial
Visual Arts - Registrarial
Performing Arts Administration
Graphic Design
Digital Services

Please forward to any and all interested college students and/or graduates, and feel free to contact us with any questions at

2019-2020 National Gallery of Art Paid Internships

The National Gallery of Art is pleased to announce 2019-2020 internship opportunities. We invite you to view current internship information, especially the differing requirements for each opportunity, on the web pages below. The application portal can be accessed from the web page for each internship. 

The application deadline for all opportunities is January 12, 2019. Summer Interns are in residence from June 3, 2019 to August 2, 2019. Interns in the Museum Profession, Graduate Curatorial Interns, and John Wilmerding Interns in American Art and in Digital Interpretation are in residence between September 9, 2019 and May 8, 2020. 

Summer Internships 
For currently enrolled graduate students of all levels and those graduating in May or June 2019 with a relevant degree. Nine-week internships provide opportunities to work on projects directed by a Gallery curator or department head in all subject areas. 

Graduate Curatorial Internships 
For doctoral students who are in the advanced stage of their dissertations and to recent PhD recipients. Neither previous museum experience nor a stated goal of a museum career is required. 

Internships in the Museum Profession 
Preference is given to applicants who are enrolled in a graduate program or are recent MA, MS, MFA, or MLS graduates. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

John Wilmerding Internships 
One internship in American art and one in digital interpretation provide institutional training to students interested in pursuing a museum career. Preference is given to applicants who are enrolled in a graduate program or are recent MA or MFA graduates.

For more information call (202) 842-6257, e-mail, or visit

The Wharton Esherick Museum Internship

The Museum hosts undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in careers in museums and historic sites for internships which allow students to do professional work and hands-on learning in small museum operations. Interns will develop an understanding of the interrelated roles of small museum departments and may also have the opportunity to develop and work on special projects tailored to their needs. Students with strong backgrounds in Fine Arts, Art History, Museum Studies, Museum Education, Arts Administration, Historic Preservation and other related fields are encouraged to apply. Internships may be arranged to accommodate any semester throughout the year ranging from six to twelve weeks depending on school requirements and museum needs. Hours vary depending on placement and availability. Internships are unpaid, though academic credit may be possible.

  • To apply for an internship, submit the following information to Julie Gannaway, Executive Director at No phone calls please.
  • A cover letter stating which internships you are interested in and the experience you bring to the particular areas, as well as what you hope to gain from an internship at the Wharton Esherick Museum.
  • A résumé including a list of relevant coursework.
  • Your preferred dates and hours of availability.

Application Deadlines
Spring Internships: November 1
Summer Internships: March 1
Fall Internships: June 1

More about the Wharton Esherick Museum:

Collections Management Internship

The Collections Management Internship is open to graduate and undergraduate students interested in gaining experience in basic collections management practices and protocols including processing objects, object inventory, environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, condition reporting and object documentation, database maintenance, digital imaging, and other duties that contribute to the stewardship of the collections. Interns will work directly with the Museum Curator. A background in Art History, Museum Studies, or a related field is required; excellent organizational skill and basic computer literacy are essential. The ideal candidate will be available at least one day or 8-10 hour a week (Monday through Friday) for a period of at least three months. Hours and days are negotiable.

Curatorial Internship

The Curatorial Internship is open to graduate and undergraduate student interested in gaining experience in collections management and exhibition development. Interns will work directly with the Museum Curator. Educational learning opportunities may include assisting in organizing exhibitions and exhibition catalogs, research methods, and writing. A background in Art History, Museum Studies or other related fields is required, as are excellent writing and research skills. The ideal candidate will be available at least one day or 8-10 hours a week (Monday through Friday) for a period of at least three months. Hours and days are negotiable.

Archive Internship

The Archive Internship is open to graduate or undergraduate students interested in gaining experience in archival processing. Education opportunities include historical research, basic arrangement and description, basic archival preservation and re-housing of archival collections in collaboration with the Curator. A background in Art History, Historic Preservation, Archival Studies or a related field is required as are solid research, computer, and writing skills. The ideal candidate will be available at least one day a week or 8-10 hours per week (between the hours of 10AM and 4PM, Monday-Friday) for a period of at least three months. Hours and days are negotiable.

Marketing & Communications Internship

The Marketing and Communications Internship is open to graduate or undergraduate students interested in gaining experience in communications and marketing for museums and cultural institutions. The Marketing and Communications Intern will assist with all aspects of promoting the Museum, including audience development, media research and planning, writing and editing, social media marketing, event planning, media tracking, data reporting and analysis, and some administrative tasks. A background in Communication and Media Studies, Journalism or a related field is required, as are strong writing and research skills. The ideal candidate will be available at least one day or 8-10 hours a week (Monday through Friday) for a period of at least three months. Hours and days are negotiable.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Internships

The Guggenheim is currently accepting applications for Summer 2018 internships in all museum departments, including (but not limited to): Curatorial, Development, Education, Exhibition Management, Marketing, Media & Public Relations, and Publishing & Digital Media. Internships are also available with Guggenheim special projects and initiatives such as the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative, and the Panza Collection Initiative.

Internship Periods

Spring: January–April (application deadline: November 1)
Summer: June–August (application deadline: January 30)
Fall: September–December (application deadline: June 1)

Please note: All application deadlines are postmark deadlines.

Spring and fall internships require a commitment of at least two days per week (in addition to participation in the Museum Culture Seminar program), with the number of hours depending on the preference of the department. Summer internships are full-time, either four or five days per week, in addition to participation in the Museum Culture Seminar program. All internships require a commitment of approximately three months.

For full details, please visit the Guggenheim's Internship website



Met Career Opportunities 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art currently has several career opportunities that can be found on their LinkedIn Jobs page.





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