The Center, supported by 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.
Nancy Horton Bartels Academic-Year and Summer Internships
Established in 1996, these are annual internships introducing 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 are awarded to students who demonstrate superior performance in their respective fields.
Project Offerings for 2021–22
- The Center’s Advancement and External Affairs division seeks an intern to work on digital projects for the website and social media. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing and computer skills and the willingness to learn new programs (including Drupal 8 and media editing programs) used to create and update content. The intern will caption online videos of recorded events and assist with drafting content for the weekly enewsletter, with a focus on engaging younger and more diverse audiences. The internship is designed for students seeking to gain a deeper understanding of marketing and communications at a cultural institution, particularly through writing and content editing assignments.
- The Center’s Institutional Archives seeks an intern with a background in the humanities to create a timeline of the Center’s history, detailing important acquisitions, exhibitions, events, staff appointments, and moments in the history of the museum’s Louis Kahn building. The intern will draw upon a variety of materials to compile this timeline, including archival documents and library resources. This internship is ideal for students interested in the history of art, museum studies, or the history of cultural institutions.
- The Center’s Publications department seeks an intern with an interest in learning about the making of publications, especially in the area of British art history. Forthcoming book projects include Photographs of Italy and the British Imagination, 1840–1914 (planned for spring 2022); Hew Locke (fall 2023); and a series of books focused on our collections, including one devoted to the art of J. M. W. Turner. This internship provides significant opportunities for focused projects and research based on the student’s interests, as well as opportunities to assist in the planning of publications (both printed and digital).
- The Center’s Advancement and External Affairs division seeks an intern to work on digital projects such as the weekly enewsletter and outreach to undergraduate students. The ideal candidate will have a familiarity with programs and events at the Center. He or she will be tasked with interviewing students and writing about ongoing exhibitions and projects, particularly with an eye toward garnering student interest and involvement, even if only virtual. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required, as well as creative thinking and an ability to make connections with the Center’s diverse collections. The internship is designed for students seeking to gain a deeper understanding of marketing and communications at a cultural institution.
- The Center’s Collections Information and Access department seeks an intern to focus on strategies to enhance the objects descriptions, with a particular focus on how to present a predominantly historical collection to a contemporary audience. The intern will gain valuable insights into research techniques, data management, and the digital infrastructure that underpins the online presentation of the museum collections. This internship is ideal for students interested in the history of art, object-based research, and/or museums studies/information science.
- The Center’s Institutional Archives and the Department of Imaging Services and Intellectual Property are establishing a method for staff to access their born-digital images of people, events, and exhibitions through a centralized system while also preserving them in the Institutional Archives. The intern will participate as a key member of this project, helping departments and Imaging staff to prepare photography for centralized management and preservation. This project may include organizing photographs, assigning content description based on information associated with the photographs or interviews with staff, and coordinating assigned rights information. This internship is ideal for students interested in photography and museum operations.
- The Center’s Reference Library seeks an intern for focused projects that could include 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 position 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.
- The Center’s Reference Library is looking for an intern to research the history of the site upon which the Yale Center for British Art stands today. Prior to Paul Mellon’s acquisition of the property for the university in 1966, the site was home to a number of small businesses and workshops. It is thought that a Black Panther bookshop occupied a space on the site, as well as a collective of Black architects. We seek to recover this history and publish the information on our website. This will be an archival and oral history project that can be conducted remotely. Research will be undertaken online, using a number of archival repositories: the Center’s Institutional Archives, Yale University Archives, and the archives of the City of New Haven. In addition, the intern will conduct telephone/Zoom interviews with individuals who were connected with the site or working at the university in the late 1960s, or with their descendants. The intern will also meet with Artspace curators, whose recent exhibition Revolution on Trial examined the history of New Haven’s Black Panthers in the late 1960s and 1970s. The intern will also uncover and compile all relevant secondary sources pertaining to the Center’s site. Training will be provided to equip the intern to undertake the archival and library research and for conducting oral history interviews. The goal of the project will be to provide a comprehensive history of the site in the lead up to the construction of the Center.
Art Museum Scholar Summer Internships
These internships support Yale undergraduate students to participate in summer internships at the Center, the Yale University Art Gallery, and any other art museum where students have secured unpaid summer internships. Internships at the Yale art museums 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 students whose interests lie in American art and/or British art. If selected, the internship will provide a stipend of up to $4,000. Internships must be a minimum of eight weeks and are 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:
- Jules D. Brown Scholar Internship
- Helen A. Cooper Scholar Internship
- Patricia E. Kane Scholar Internship
- Patrick McCaughey Scholar Internship
- Amy Meyers Scholar Internship
- Duncan Robinson Scholar Internship