Internships

internships at worcester art museum

Internships at the Worcester Art Museum require a 3 to 4 month time commitment. During this time, you will be responsible for assisting with a specific departmental project or projects that will allow you to learn across different areas of the Museum. A site supervisor will work with you to develop a project plan and provide mentorship and feedback on your work. All internships are unpaid. We are able to provide internships for credit if approved by your college or university. Our goal is to provide real-life museum experience in an educational environment.
Internship time offerings are semester-based:

  • Fall semester, spring semester and summer semester

Application Procedures

Applications not formatted to the following directions will not be acknowledged:

If applying by email all attachments must be in Microsoft Word format.

To apply for an internship prepare a single MS Word document containing:

  • A cover letter indicating the specific internship(s) or area of interest for which you are applying.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Two references (personal or professional), including name, phone number and relationship.

The subject line of your email must include:

  • Your full name
  • The title of the internship(s) for which you are applying
  • The semester of the internship for which you are applying

Please contact internships@worcesterart.org with questions or to request a general internship application.

Internships Available

Division: Curatorial
Title: Medieval Art/Arms and Armor Intern

Purpose: Assist the Curator of Arms and Armor and Medieval Art with a variety of tasks while working with the Worcester Art Museum's national-level collection of early arms and armor. Students will acquire first-hand curatorial experience while working closely with museum professionals. The project(s) will be developed based on the museum's needs and the intern's skills and will result in a portfolio-quality product.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Exhibit development
  • Research and documentation of collection objects
  • Research and documentation on the historical context of collection objects
  • Development of interactive exhibits
  • Archival research and documentation

Qualifications and Education:

  • Graduate or undergraduate program with significant coursework in relevant fields (e.g. museum studies, medieval studies, art history)
  • Strong research, writing and organizational skills
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, database knowledge preferred
  • Previous museum experience and foreign language knowledge a plus

Semester: Ongoing program, each internship lasts one semester (Fall, Spring, Summer). Fall semester applications are reviewed in August; Spring semester in December; Summer semester in March.
Hours: Flexible, typically 8-10 hours per week for Fall and Spring semester, 20-30 for Summer.
Schedule: Flexible, typically 1 to 2 weekdays between 10am-4pm for Fall and Spring semester.

Submit application to collectionsandexhibitions@worcesterart.org

Division: Curatorial
Title: Asian Art Curatorial Intern
Reports To: Associate Curator of Asian Art and Global Contemporary Art

Purpose: To assist with research, development, and production of reinstallation of the suite of Asian art galleries.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing overall concept and themes for reinstallation of Asian art in a 21st-century, encyclopedic museum
  • Review and catalogue works in preparation for a collections review
  • Work with Museum staff in Curatorial and Education as well as external collaborators in assessing current galleries and needed improvements
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Qualifications and Education:

  • Strong research, writing, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, database knowledge preferred
  • Ability to work with all Museum constituents and visitors
  • Coursework in Asian art history and/or art preferred; graduate with coursework in relevant field preferred.
  • Experience in visitor-oriented museum work preferred.
  • Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Semester: Ongoing program, with flexible start and end dates.
Hours: Flexible, typically 8-10 hours per week for Fall and Spring semester, 20-30 for Summer.
Schedule: Flexible, typically 1 to 2 weekdays between 10am-4pm for Fall and Spring semester.

Submit application to collectionsandexhibitions@worcesterart.org

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