Special Project Curatorial Intern, Spring 2019


The Curatorial Department at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum seeks a curatorial intern for a special project position in connection with an upcoming exhibition. Titled Visionary New England, this contemporary art exhibition is inspired by the impact and legacy of utopian, spiritualist, and mystical practices in the region. The candidate will be expected to work independently but will have regular meetings with the Curator.  The intern will primarily assist in research and writing for this exhibition and its catalogue. Work may also include visits to libraries, archives, and historic museums to collect, scan and transcribe research materials. Responsibilities may also include research on historic utopian communities and spiritual centers in the area. The Special Project Curatorial Intern will gain experience in the research and planning phases of a major exhibition and develop skills in bridging cross-disciplinary topics of history, science, religion, and art.

The ideal candidate has a strong interest in art history or museum studies, and is a self-motivated graduate student or upper-level undergraduate student with research and/or archival experience. Given the historic basis of this exhibition topic, candidates with a background in American history and material culture, particularly of New England, are particularly welcome to apply. Applicants should be organized, detail-oriented, and possess strong writing skills. Ability to work independently is a necessity, as research will be conducted off-site. Applicants should be aware that the Special Project Curatorial Internship is an unpaid, volunteer position. Because public transportation does not service deCordova and this position may involve travel to greater Boston-area archives, access to a car is a must. While the schedule can be flexible given the nature of this internship, s/he will ideally commit to about 14 hours/week for the agreed upon duration of the internship.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (up to 5 pages) by email to Ms. Elizabeth Upenieks ([email protected]) by February 1, 2019. For general information about deCordova, upcoming programming and exhibitions, and future events please visit decordova.org.