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

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 for Bartels Academic Year and Summer Scholar Internships is now closed. Internship opportunities for 2019 will be posted in the fall.

The Bartels with students, photo by Harold Shapiro

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