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: Curatorial Administration Intern

Purpose: Assist the Director of Curatorial Affairs and the Curatorial Assistant with a variety of administrative tasks relating to the curatorial department as a whole. Students will acquire first-hand experience while working closely with the Curatorial Assistant. Projects will vary, and may be tailored to the intern's skillset and interests. Possible experiences may involve data entry in TMS, the creation and maintenance of curatorial files, attending curatorial team meetings, helping to produce committee meeting packets, researching objects in the collection, writing about objects in the collection for social media or other outlets, and responding to inquiries from outside the museum.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Data entry
  • Administrative tasks
  • Research and documentation
  • Writing

Qualifications and Education

  • Undergraduate program with coursework in relevant fields (e.g. museum studies, art history)
  • Familiarity with standard office equipment
  • Strong research, writing and organizational skills
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel)
  • Knowledge of a foreign language is a plus, but not a requirement

Semester: Fall. Start and end dates are flexible but ideally September through December.
Hours: This internship is meant to occupy 6-12 hours per week (1-2 days). Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate requests for more hours for this opportunity, at this time).
Schedule: Flexible. Typically 1 or 2 weekdays between 10am-4pm. For fall 2021, we can offer a partially remote internship, but not a fully remote one. (I.e., interns may opt to work one day on-site, and one day from home, but they must be on-site at least 1 day per week.)

Submit a cover letter, resume, and phone number for one personal reference to collectionsandexhibitions@worcesterart.org by July 23, 2021. Callbacks and interviews will occur by August 6, and the internship will be offered by August 13.

Division: Education Experience
Department: Public and Internal Events
Title: Event Coordinator Intern
Reports To: Public and Internal Events Coordinator

Purpose: To provide direct, hands-on support to the Public and Internal Events Division

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain accuracy in producing mailing labels, program books, public handouts, and other signage appropriate for events
  • Prepare minutes, scheduling, and set-up for meetings
  • Manage data collection and organization related to large events
  • Assist with on-site event set-up, registration, logistical support, and clean-up
  • Create e-communications and work with Events team on creative elements of each event
  • This position supports the planning and timely execution of Internal and Public Events
  • Other assignments as requested by the Events Coordinator and the Director of Education

Qualifications

  • Regular and reliable attendance and ability to commit to a schedule as agreed with the intern supervisor
  • Strong organization skills
  • Communication skills including oral, written, and listening skills
  • Proven ability to schedule, plan, track, and complete complex projects on time
  • Ability and tenacity to ask thoughtful questions
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Commitment to excellence and to the mission of the Worcester Art Museum
  • Must be available some evenings and weekends

Education

  • Completion of senior year of High School, or more

Experience

  • A combination of any or all of the following; familiarity with or educated interest in event coordination and/or event planning, ability to work with current technology, experience with or educated interest in hospitality, experience working in an events setting or working with the public.

Semester: Ongoing program
Hours: Typically 8–10 hours per week
Schedule: Flexible, must be available some evenings and weekends

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