Internship: Arthist 891

The internship provides supervised practical experience in local art museums and galleries arranged on an individual basis. During this internship, the student is immersed in various aspects of museum work, including registration, curatorial research, and installation.

All MA students must take a minimum of three credits in ARTHIST 891. No more than three credits of ARTHIST 891 may be taken in a single semester.


    1. Please send an Internship Application sheet, cover letter (addressed to the Internship Committee), and resume to the Department Associate, Kate Negri ( who will forward your materials to the Internship Committee (Linda Brazeau/Jennifer Johung/Richard Leson) to approve.It is highly recommended that you visit the Career Planning and Resource Center to work on your cover letter and resume.

      Application deadlines:

      July 15 (Fall semester)
      December 1 (Spring semester)
      April 1 (Summer semester)

    2. Once the committee has approved your application, cover letter, and resume, you can contact the appropriate individual who will oversee your internship at your chosen institution. The internship can be with an art museum, a library, a commercial art gallery, an exhibition society, an historical society, a municipal office involved with landmark designation, an auction house, or any other organization that deals with the visual arts.The institution must be found on the list below or approved by the Internship Committee
    3. Have your supervisor at the institution write a letter or e-mail the Internship Committee.The letter should state:
      a. that the supervisor agrees to take you on as an intern
      b. what your duties will entail at the institution
      c. that the supervisor agrees to send a written assessment of your work to the Internship Coordinator by the last day of the semester
    4. Once the Internship Committee approves of your completed application and receives your supervisor’s letter, you will be able to sign up for ARTHIST 891.


  1. Your internship should occupy around 10 hours per week (for 3 credits).
    15weeks x 10 hours per week = 150 hours per semester (including summer)
  2. Paper Proposal for Research Paper on a current museum issue with an annotated bibliography
    Topics may include any issue pertinent to the mission, operation, and cultural role of the art museum. You are encouraged to discuss your proposal topic with the current internship supervisor before submitting the assignment.
    3-5 pages
    40% of final grade
    Due: Mid-semester NO LATE PAPERS ACCEPTED
  3. Research Paper on a current museum issue
    18-25 pages
    50% of final grade
    Due: Last day of classes NO LATE PAPERS ACCEPTED
  4. Reflection Paper detailing your experience/activities at the institution (be specific, include relevant names and facts, include any publications or texts)
    3-5 pages
    10% of final grade
    Due: Last day of classes NO LATE PAPERS ACCEPTED
  5. A formal evaluation of your performance written to the Internship Committee by your internship supervisor
    Due: Last day of classes

Approved Internship Opportunities

If you would like to intern at a museum or gallery that does not appear on this list, the museum or gallery must be approved by the Internship Committee.

Internship Application