Internships and Opportunities

The Yale Center for British Art offers a number of opportunities for undergraduate students through postdoctoral researchers to become involved in its programs.

Bartels Art Museum Summer and Academic-Year Internships

The Yale Center for British Art offers summer and academic-year internships for Yale undergraduates and summer internships for HBCU undergraduates from New Haven County. These opportunities aim to familiarize students with the operations of the museum.

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Visitors in the Library Court, Yale Center for British Art, photo by Stephanie Anestis

Center/YCBA Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and the Yale Center for British Art jointly offer, on a biennial basis, up to two postdoctoral fellowships for two consecutive years each. The fellowship supports research for recent or soon-to-be PhDs in the history, theory, and criticism of modern and contemporary visual arts who are from historically marginalized or disadvantaged groups and who seek to expand their ability to serve as curators and scholars in fields beyond those for which they received (or are about to receive) their doctoral degrees. Fellows will work with curators, conservators, and educators at the National Gallery of Art and the YCBA to learn about the curation, conservation, presentation, and interpretation of the museums’ historical, pre-20th-century collections.

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Reference Library, photo by Stephanie Anestis

Graduate Museum Fellowships

These research positions are open to Yale graduate students. Graduate Museum Fellowships enhance the educational experiences provided by academic coursework and teaching assistantships at the university, allowing students to extend their range of academic specializations and expertise. Graduate Museum Fellows augment their research skills through direct contact with objects in the collections.

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Study Room, Yale Center for British Art, photo by Harold Shapiro

Henry Moore Foundation Residency

The Henry Moore Foundation (HMF) and the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) annually award a monthlong residency to a current MFA student or recent MFA graduate of the Yale School of Art with an interest in Henry Moore’s art and life.

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View of Henry Moore, "Large Upright Internal/External Form," 1981-82, © Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation, photo: Jonty Wilde

New Acquisitions Research Program

The Yale Center for British Art is pleased to present a new research opportunity for Yale History of Art graduate students that aims to develop skills in object-based research and writing and in public speaking.

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Postgraduate Research Associate Positions

The YCBA is offering a Postgraduate Research Associate position in conservation for one year in paper conservation. Individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree (in art history, studio art, conservation, or a related field) and who seek to gain experience before applying to a graduate conservation program are welcome to apply. 

For inquiries about these positions, please contact Rhyannon van Alstyne,

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Student Guide Program

The Student Guide Program offers Yale undergraduates from all disciplines the opportunity to engage with original works of art and become familiar with a variety of museum departments. 

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Student Guides, Yale Center for British Art, photo by Richard Caspole

Yale in London

Yale in London is an exciting opportunity for Yale University undergraduates to live and study in London during the spring term or the summer break while earning full credits. The program is hosted by Yale’s Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC)—a world-class research center in central London. Courses change each term and include topics in historic and contemporary British art, architecture, literature, and drama.

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Runnymede Memorial, Session One, summer 2018, photo by Nermin Adbulla, courtesy of the Paul Mellon Centre

Yale/New Haven Museum Postgraduate Associate in Museum Education

The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), the New Haven Museum (NHM), and the Yale Peabody Museum (YPM) invite applicants for a two-year Postgraduate Associate position in the field of museum education, starting summer 2023. This position is open to New Haven Promise scholars interested in exploring a career in this field.

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Community Day, photo by Harold Shapiro 

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Yale Center for British Art, photo by Harold Shapiro