Courses and Internships

The Yale Center for British Art offers an annual two-semester, two-credit Undergraduate Special Term Course. The course is designed to enable a student to undertake a focused research project on British visual and material culture in conjunction with a major exhibition at the Center. The student’s project will form part of the intellectual preparation for the associated exhibition; thus the course will allow the student both to develop high-level research skills and to experience firsthand the intellectual and logistical processes involved in the creation of a major exhibition and its associated scholarly programming.

Additionally, through the generosity of Nancy Horton Bartels and her late husband, Henry E. Bartels, the Center is pleased to offer academic-year and summer internships to Yale undergraduates. Since the establishment of these programs in 1996, more than sixty undergraduates have completed internships at arts institutions throughout the US and abroad.

For further information, please contact the Research Department (ycba.research@yale.edu | +1 203 432 9805).

The Bartels with students, photo by Harold Shapiro

Course Information
Travel

The course of study includes research trips in North America and abroad. The trips are funded by the Center and coordinated with the course instructor. In most cases, field trips are scheduled in the fall and spring recess periods. Funding for Special Term Course travel is generously provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Sophomores and juniors majoring in any subject may apply. Though the course will be for two semesters, the student’s first semester work must be satisfactory in order to proceed to the second. The course is Cr/Year only.
 

Past Special Term Course Offerings

The course for the academic year 2011–12 focused on an exhibition planned in conjunction with a major UK-based project, “Representing Re-Formation: Reconstructing Renaissance Monuments,” funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. This interdisciplinary project was developed by space scientists, historians, art historians, archaeologists, and museologists at English Heritage and the universities of Leicester, Oxford, and Yale. It focused on a group of Renaissance tomb monuments at St. Michael’s Church in Framlingham, Suffolk. The tombs, which belong to the Howard Dukes of Norfolk, were moved to Framlingham from Thetford Priory in Norfolk, but how their construction may have changed upon the move from Thetford was the issue examined. They were analyzed along with sculptural and architectural fragments excavated from the ruins of the priory in 1934. The instructor was Lisa Ford, Associate Head of Research at the Center, and a member of the project research team. The Special Term Course student for 2011–12 was Lingyuxiu Zhong (BA 2012).

Nancy Horton Bartels Academic-Year Scholarships

The Nancy Horton Bartels Scholar Internships provide funds for undergraduate students to participate in academic-year internships at the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. The internships are offered annually and are funded by an endowment established in 2005 by Nancy Horton Bartels and her late husband, Henry E. Bartels, both graduates of Cornell University. The internships introduce students to museum operations and best practices in the curatorial, conservation, and administrative departments. Interns work in a department for ten hours per week for two consecutive semesters and receive stipends paid on an hourly basis.

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Applications for the 2017–18 internships are now open. Full project details, including application instructions and the submission deadline, may be found in the Nancy Horton Bartels Scholar Internships announcement.

Art Museum Scholar Summer Internships

Art Museum Scholar Summer Internships provide funds for Yale undergraduate students to participate in summer internships at the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery or, on occasion, at other art museums. The internships were named to honor curators at the Art Gallery and former directors of the Center:

  • Helen A. Cooper Scholar Intern of American Paintings and Sculpture
  • Patricia E. Kane Scholar Intern of American Decorative Arts
  • Patrick McCaughey Scholar Intern of British Art
  • Duncan Robinson Scholar Intern of British Art

At least one of the summer internships is to be held at the Yale Center for British Art and one at the Yale University Art Gallery. The internships at the Yale art museums are intended to familiarize students with museum and curatorial department operations. Students seeking opportunities with other art museums must arrange such internships on their own. Although the awards are open to students in any field, preference will be given to Yale students whose interests lie in American art and/or British art. If selected as an Art Museum Scholar Summer Intern, the internship will provide a stipend of up to $3,500. Internships must be a minimum of eight weeks and will be awarded to students who demonstrate superior performance in their respective fields.

Apply

Applications for the Summer 2017 internships are now open. Full project details, including application instructions and the submission deadline, can be found on the Art Museum Scholar Summer Internships announcement.