Internships

The Yale Center for British Art, through the generosity of Nancy Horton Bartels and her late husband, Henry E. Bartels, is pleased to offer academic-year and summer internships to Yale undergraduates. 

For further information regarding internship offerings, please contact Research (ycba.research@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2824).

Nancy Horton Bartels
Academic-Year Internships

Established in 1996, these internships are offered annually and are intended to 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. Internships will be awarded to students who demonstrate superior performance in their respective fields.

All students applying for positions at the Yale Center for British Art or the Yale University Art Gallery are subject to pre-employment screening. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applications must include a cover letter that states the relevance of the internship to the student’s larger goals, an official transcript of the student’s undergraduate record, and two letters of recommendation. The deadline to submit applications is January 27, 2020. 

Apply online

Yale Center for British Art, Project Offerings for 2020–21

Please check back, as additional projects will be added as they are finalized, and visit the Yale University Art Gallery’s website for more information on their projects for 2020–21.
 
Reference Library
Supervised by Kraig Binkowski, Chief Librarian
 
The Reference Library of the Yale Center for British Art is a special collection library serving the art-historical research needs of Center staff, Yale students and faculty, and the general public. The Library is seeking an intern for focused projects that could include the following: library collection assessment, collection development of portions of the library collection, art object research for the creation of online bibliographic entries, and finalizing the digitization and online access to the photo archive. The internship provides significant opportunities for projects based on the intern’s interests and is ideal for students interested in libraries and library research, digital projects, special collections, and/or the history of British art.
 
Institutional Archives
Supervised by Rachel Chatalbash, Senior Museum Archivist
 
The Yale Center for British Art Institutional Archives is the official repository for all historical documentation of the Center, recording its development from its inception in the mid-1960s to the present. The Senior Archivist seeks an intern with a background in the humanities or computer science to complete an independent project working with the Center’s historical records. The intern will learn to use the Center’s archives management and digital preservation systems, while also carrying out research on the Center’s archival collections in support of provenance research and reference inquiries. This internship is ideal for students interested in technology, the history of art, museum studies, or the history of cultural institutions.
 

The Bartels with students, photo by Harold Shapiro

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, the Yale University Art Gallery, and any other art museum where students have secured unpaid summer internships. Internships at the Yale art museums are intended to familiarize students with museum and curatorial department operations. Students seeking opportunities at 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 in duration and will be awarded to students who demonstrate superior performance in their respective fields.

The following internships have been named in honor of former directors of the Center, as well as former curators at the Yale University Art Gallery:

• Helen A. Cooper Internship
• Patricia E. Kane Internship
• Patrick McCaughey Internship
• Duncan Robinson Internship

All students applying for positions at the Yale University Art Gallery or the Yale Center for British Art are subject to pre-employment screening. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applications must include a cover letter, an official transcript of the student’s undergraduate record, and two letters of recommendation. The deadline to submit applications is January 27, 2020. 

Apply online

Yale Center for British Art, Project Offerings for 2020

Please check back, as additional projects will be added as they are finalized, and visit the Yale University Art Gallery’s website for more information on their projects for 2020–21.
 
Reference Library
Supervised by Kraig Binkowski, Chief Librarian
 
The Reference Library is seeking an intern for a focused project to develop bibliographic resources for objects in the Center’s collections. The project involves working closely with the librarians to research print and electronic resources (books, journals, newspapers, dissertations, and websites) to uncover bibliographic citations (historical and contemporary) for works of art in the collection and inputting records into the object management system for display online. This internship is ideal for students interested in library and art object research.  
 
Institutional Archives
Supervised by Rachel Chatalbash, Senior Museum Archivist, Yale Center for British Art; and Erin Kinhart, Head of Collections Processing at Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
 
YCBA/AAA Bartels Yale Smithsonian Archives Internship
 
The Yale Center for British Art Institutional Archives and the Archives of American Art seek an intern with a background in the humanities or art history to complete a joint research project on the topic of dispersed art historians’ papers. Often, art historians’ papers are deposited in multiple archival repositories, requiring researchers to travel to several geographic locations in order to fully understand a particular scholar’s contributions. Using the papers of art historian Jules Prown as a case study, this project will examine core deposits of his papers at the Archives of American Art, the Yale Center for British Art Institutional Archives, and Yale University’s Manuscripts and Archives. An assessment of the papers at each institution will begin the project followed by the development of a white paper examining the topic of dispersed art historians’ papers. The intern will also conduct research under the guidance of project supervisors to identify the repositories holding dispersed art historians’ papers related to collections at the Archives of American Art. The information compiled by the intern will be added to the Archives of American Art’s online collection records. The intern will be based at the Yale Center for British Art; however, travel to the Archives of American Art for three days will be incorporated into the internship project to conduct research and informational interviews with Archives of American Art staff.