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.

Submit an application for a 2019/2020 Nancy Horton Bartels Academic-Year Internship here. The application deadline is February 11, 2019.
 

Yale Center for British Art Project offerings for 2019–20

Please be sure to check back, as projects will be added as they are finalized. Also, visit the Yale University Art Gallery’s website for more information on their projects in 2019–20.
 
Institutional Archives 
Supervised by Rachel Chatalbash, Senior 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, architecture, or computer science to complete an independent project working with the Center’s historical records—both paper and electronic. The intern will also carry out research on the Center’s archival collections in support of provenance research and reference inquiries regarding the Center’s past exhibitions, publications, and programs. This internship provides significant opportunities for focused projects based on the intern’s interests and is ideal for students interested in the history of art, museum studies, or the history of cultural institutions.
 
Education 
Supervised by Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, Curator of Education and Academic Outreach
 
The Education department of the Yale Center for British Art creates learning opportunities with original works of art for all audiences. The department is searching for an intern to continue research on representations of non-European figures in the Center’s collections. This includes images of Native Americans, people of African descent, individuals from India, and constituents from the British empire at large. The intern will draw upon research conducted by previous Bartels and Yale-Smithsonian Bartels interns around questions of empire, colonization, and representation. The intern also has full access to the Center’s helpful and easily accessible Reference Library to understand how non-European figures have been depicted and discussed. With the help of the Education department, the intern will expand previous research in new directions, by proposing potential programs, speakers, and possibly a concept for a small exhibition.
 
Exhibitions and Publications 
Supervised by Nathan Flis, Head of Exhibitions and Publications, and Assistant Curator of Seventeenth-Century Paintings
 
The Center’s Department of Exhibitions and Publications directs projects that reach across all curatorial departments. The department manages an active exhibition program with a broad thematic range, and a publication program for producing exhibition catalogues and books on the history of British art. The department seeks an intern with a background in art history and an interest in exhibition and publication logistics to assist with the variety of projects the Center has planned for 2020 and beyond, including a project focused on the relationship between the artist Henry Moore and Bill Brandt (summer 2018), and Marking Time: Objects and Commemoration in Britain, 1600–1800 (fall 2020). Given the department’s relationship with the rest of the institution, the intern will engage directly with members of a diverse museum staff and have the opportunity to work on focused projects connected to his or her research interests. There will be significant opportunities to assist in the planning and implementation of exhibitions; assist with the many aspects of producing a publication; learn more about the Center’s collections, as well as numerous other collections worldwide; and conduct research pertaining to exhibition projects.
 

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.

Submit an application for a 2019 Art Museum Scholar Summer Internship here. The application deadline is February 11, 2019.

The Bartels with students, photo by Harold Shapiro

Yale Center for British Art Project offerings for summer 2019

Please be sure to check back, as projects will be added as they are finalized. Also, visit the Yale University Art Gallery’s website for more information on their projects in 2019.
 

Institutional Archives
Supervised by Rachel Chatalbash, Senior 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.
 

Yale-Smithsonian Bartels Summer Internships for Yale Undergraduates

The Yale-Smithsonian Bartels Summer Internships provide funds for Yale undergraduate students to participate in work at the Yale Center for British Art and the Smithsonian Institution. Internships are designed around predetermined projects that draw upon the specific collections, exhibition programs, or interpretive strategies shared by the Center and a Smithsonian partner. The position includes a stipend of up to $5,000 and must be eight weeks in duration, with the time divided equally between the Center and the Smithsonian partner institution. 

All students applying for positions are subject to pre-employment screening. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applications must include a cover letter, a transcript of the student’s undergraduate record, and two letters of recommendation. 

The deadline for the 2019 application cycle is Monday, February 11, 2019. Please check back, as opportunities will be posted by December 11, 2018.