The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s Department of Contemporary Art is actively looking to hire a talented undergraduate or graduate student with the interest in a museum career.
This post is designed to conduct research, support special projects and events within the department, and assist with the administrative functioning of the department. Over the internship, selected candidates will learn about the curatorial process and museum administration while gaining practical museum experience. This will include learning about and participating in the development of exhibitions, research, collection advancement, and other special projects related to the Curator’s and Department’s varied activities and interests in the overlapping fields of contemporary art, crafts, and design.
This internship has a particular focus on the histories of and current practices in contemporary craft and design. We encourage applications from candidates who are strongly interested in curatorial work in a museum setting, but who may not yet have had the opportunity to experience it much or at all. The internship will suit someone with a love of reading, writing, and research who wants to learn how to direct these skills as part of museum work.
The internship is housed within the Department of Contemporary Art which is responsible for the acquisition, study and display of art created from 1955 to today. Contemporary art at the MFA encompasses many media including film and video art, sculpture, installation, photography, paintings, design, craft, decorative arts, and performance. In September 2011, the Museum opened its renovated Linde Family Wing as a space dedicated to contemporary art, vastly expanding the department’s capacity for exhibition. While the position will interface with all Department staff, supervisory mentorship will be provided by the Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts
The Curatorial Intern will provide general curatorial support by fulfilling many of the following functions:
● Assist in curatorial research in conjunction with collection-related activities, exhibitions, and publications, including gathering and analyzing library and archive materials
● Assist with the digital and physical maintenance of checklists and other logistical details related to the curatorial care of a museum collection
● Assist curators in working with artists, collectors, and Museum colleagues
● Obtain permissions and copyright clearance for images and maintain accurate credit lines, and help to ensure accuracy of information on publications, in print and online
● Occasionally work with the Curator in conjunction with Learning and Community Engagement, Development, and Marketing and Communications staff to prepare programs and materials to promote, publicize, and interpret the collection and exhibitions
● Assist with coordination of logistical needs for artists/curators visits including arranging honoraria, travel, lodging, meals, and any event-related logistics
● Work with the Curator and Registrars in updating and maintaining exhibitions and loans database
The ideal candidates must be able to work four days a week over the summer and join in intern enrichment activities. Internship may take place on-site, remotely, or in a hybrid mode.
What you will gain from the experience:
Mentorship and professional development is an integral part of the fixed-term position. There will be bi-weekly one-on-one meetings throughout the internship, as well as arrangements made for informational interviews with a range of museum and arts professionals inside and outside the Museum, dedicated to helping the successful applicant explore and refine their career path.
Interns are paid $16 per hour over the course of 9 weeks.
Designed to foster intentional training and professional development within museum curatorial practices, the MFA’s Black Arts and Artists Curators Circle is pleased to support paid internships for undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in an academic program and self-identify as any of the following: African American, of African descent, Black, Latinx, or Afro-Latinx. In order to consider your candidacy, you need to fulfill all the given requirements:
- Must be enrolled (for the duration of the internship) in or recently graduated from (within the last two years) a BA or MA program in art history, history of decorative arts, museum studies, arts administration or art program with an interest in museums; and provide proof of employment eligibility
- Self-identify as any of the following: African American, of African descent, Black, Latinx, or Afro-Latinx
- Strong interest in and at least some knowledge of contemporary art, design, and/or craft
- Excellent organizational skills with keen attention to detail, ability to multitask, and to be self-motivated in a moment in time when the internship experience will be remote due to the pandemic
- Previous successful experience with organizational tasks and systems, and proficiency in Microsoft office
- Demonstrated written and communication skills; strong research skills
To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest in a single Word document.