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 9805).

The Bartels with students, photo by Harold Shapiro

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 2018/2019 application cycle is now closed. Please check back in fall 2018 for future opportunities.

Yale Center for British Art, Project offerings for 2018–2019

Reference Library and Archives  

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, the creation of online research guides, and art object research for the creation of online bibliographic entries. The internship provides significant opportunities for projects based on the intern’s interests and is ideal for students interested in libraries and library research, special collections, and/or the history of British art.
 

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.
 

Exhibitions and Publications  

Supervised by Nathan Flis, Head of Exhibitions and Publications, and Assistant Curator of Seventeenth-Century Paintings

The Department of Exhibitions and Publications directs projects that reach across all curatorial departments. The department manages both 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 head 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 2019–22. Among others, these will include Eileen Hogan (Summer 2019) and two projects focused on the early history of photography (fall 2019). Given the department’s relationship with the rest of the institution, the intern will engage directly with members of a diverse museum staff and will have the opportunity to assist in the planning and implementation of exhibitions; help 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. 
 

Public Programs   

Supervised by Jane Nowosadko, Senior Manager of Programs

The Senior Manager of Public Programs seeks an intern to assist with the implementation of a range of public programs including music, lectures, films, and theatrical performances. Under the guidance of the Manager of Programs, the intern will research films for potential inclusion in exhibition-related film screenings; research and write program material related to concerts, performances, and film screenings; create a film database for archival and research purposes; and assist in the various aspects of implementing a program, including working with artists and performers at various stages of program development.

Education 

Supervised by Linda Friedlaender, Senior Curator of Education

The Education department seeks an intern interested in museum education to participate in department activities and projects that engage audiences with original works of art and enrich visual literacy and accessibility through student, teacher, and family programs. Students will be able to shape the focus of the internship within the areas of museum education and their individual interests. Under the supervision of the Associate Curator of Education, the intern will assist in the research, creation, and implementation of museum education programming, materials, and resources. The intern will participate in, evaluate, and document museum programs with the opportunity to research inclusive best practices and interpretative media, including identifying community partners, audience needs, and creative collaborations. 

Supervised by Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, Curator of Education and Academic Outreach
 
The Education department creates learning opportunities with original works of art for all audiences. The department is searching for an intern to focus 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 use the Center’s helpful and easily accessible Library to understand how non-European figures have been depicted and discussed, as well as dive into the Center’s collections to compile a list of important objects that can be used for teaching about issues of slavery, colonization, indigeneity, and empire. With the help of the department, the intern will draft a thoroughly researched brochure that highlights objects on view that self-guided visitors, teachers, and faculty members can use for rethinking the holdings at the Center.
 

Yale University Art Gallery, Project offerings for 2018–2019

Visit the Yale University Art Gallery’s website for more information.

Modern and Contemporary Art  

The Modern and Contemporary Art Department at the Yale University Art Gallery seeks an intern to help develop and research three upcoming exhibitions that deal with the topics of female Yale graduate artists, the multidisciplinary artist Matthew Barney, and the abstract expressionist artist Willem de Kooning. Working closely with the two curators of the department, the intern would be involved in all the different steps of developing the exhibition; from doing object research, to selecting artworks, and label writing. Further duties would include research at other Yale institutions, as well as outside the campus. The student should have some background in art history, a pronounced interest in modern and contemporary art, previous research experience, and possibly reading knowledge of one or two foreign languages. 

Numismatics   

The Department of Numismatics houses over 120,000 objects in its collection, the largest of its kind at any American university. The department seeks an intern to research and catalogue Yale’s late-Roman coins, predominantly from the Eastern half of the empire. Working with the Assistant Curator of Numismatics, the intern will select and display the most significant coins for exhibition in March 2019 (tentative date). The project will include research, content and design development, writing labels and other interpretive materials, and collaboration with the curator and YUAG team. A background in numismatics and knowledge of the Yale collection is essential. Extensive knowledge of the ancient world and a proven commitment to public engagement are desirable.

 

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 2018 application cycle is now closed.  Please check back for 2019 opportunities in the Fall of 2018.

Yale Center for British Art, Project offerings for 2018

Reference Library and Archives 

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 a focused project to develop bibliographic resources for art 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 these 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 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.
 

Exhibitions and Publications 

Supervised by Nathan Flis, Head of Exhibitions and Publications, and Assistant Curator of Seventeenth-Century Paintings

The Department of Exhibitions and Publications directs projects that reach across all curatorial departments. The department manages both 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 head 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 2019–22. Among others, these will include Eileen Hogan (Summer 2019) and two projects focused on the early history of photography (fall 2019). Given the department’s relationship with the rest of the institution, the intern will engage directly with members of a diverse museum staff and will have the opportunity to assist in the planning and implementation of exhibitions; help 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. 
 

Painting Conservation

Supervised by Mark Aronson, Chief Conservator, and Jessica David, Senior Conservator of Paintings

The Painting Conservation Department seeks an intern interested in the material study and preservation of museum artworks. Under the guidance of the two full-time painting conservators, the student will be assigned activities supporting the new and developing conservation database, help prepare historic paint pigments and recipes, mount and examine paint samples, seek archival material in Yale’s library and manuscript collections, and, on a needs and ability basis, help to maintain the conservation studio and perform minor conservation treatments.
 

Yale University Art Gallery, Project offerings for 2018

Indo-Pacific Art / Conservation

In 2016, the Yale University Art Gallery received a gift of the largest collection of Indonesian puppets and related material ever donated to an institution. The gift consists of 125 complete sets plus several dozen miscellaneous groups, or approximately twenty thousand individual wayang puppets, from Java, Bali, and Lombok. The puppets mostly represent two main groups, wayang kulit (kulit = Indonesian/Javanese for “skin, hide”), which are played in the famous shadow puppet performances, and wayang golek (three-dimensional puppets with wooden heads and arms and stick bodies covered by clothing), used in open stage narrative enactments. A small third group consists of flat wooden puppets (wayang klitik). Working with members of the Gallery’s Indo-Pacific and Conservation departments, the Bartels Intern would assist in the monumental project of inventorying, documenting, condition assessing, and treating puppets from designated sets. The student will have the unique opportunity of working directly with these remarkable objects from the Gallery’s collection, learning about materials and manufacture, objects handling, conservation, and collections care.