Curatorial Internship, Spring 2020


Curatorial Interns at deCordova engage in a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities as they participate in the day-to-day operations of a contemporary art museum and sculpture park. Interns work closely with staff curators and the registrar, and help with exhibition preparations, update collection files, maintain records, organize daily office operations, and conduct art historical research related to exhibitions and the permanent collection. Interns are integral to the success of the curatorial department and as such, they are fully integrated into the work environment. Interns observe and participate in a variety of department and inter-department brainstorming and organization meetings and learn the structural, strategic, and operational decisions at play in a contemporary art institution. Specific responsibilities for Spring 2020 (January - May, with the potential to start sooner) will tentatively include, but are not limited to, work on research, logistical planning, and implementation assistance for current and upcoming exhibitions; conducting a variety of research pertaining to works in the permanent collection; work on upcoming Sculpture Park installations and related projects, and any administrative assistance required in the department.

Qualifications: The curatorial staff at deCordova seeks a self-motivated art history graduate student or upper-level undergraduate with specific interest in contemporary art and future career goals to work as a curator in a contemporary art museum. Applicants should have strong organizational abilities and computer skills, including literacy in Microsoft Office and Adobe products. Prospective applicants should be aware that the Curatorial Internship is an unpaid, volunteer position. Because public transportation does not service deCordova and interns help with errand running, a car is a must. The Curatorial Intern must commit to a minimum of two, eight-hour days per week for the agreed upon duration of the internship, which typically lasts four months. The Intern may occasionally be asked to assist with programs occurring on Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

How To Apply: Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (between 5-15 pages) by email to Elizabeth Upenieks ( by December 2, 2019. For general information about deCordova, upcoming programming and exhibitions, and future events please visit

Apply by: December 2, 2019