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Part-Time Summer Curatorial Internship, Prints and Drawings

The RISD Museum’s Andrew W. Mellon summer internship program is open to currently enrolled college and university undergraduate and graduate students; students graduating in the spring of 2019 are also eligible.

Applicants should have a strong interest in museum work and the topics related to the specific internship projects, although no previous museum work or experience in art history is necessary. The ten-week internships begin June 3, 2019, and end August 9, 2019. Interns are expected to spend 20 hours a week in the Museum. Participation in group seminars and workshops focusing on museums and professional practice is included in their weekly hours. Mellon interns receive a $3,000 honorarium. A limited amount of funding is available for travel assistance and may be awarded to accepted students who would not otherwise be able to take advantage of this opportunity.

The goal of this program is to introduce students to museum work and to offer in-depth experience working in a specific department of the RISD Museum. Interns will work on departmental projects with Museum staff as supervisors. Together, interns will learn about and discuss the public functions of museums and build professional skills for working in the arts. At the end of the program, each intern will publicly share their experience and work. Browse former interns’ perspectives on the collection here.

The deadline for submitting applications is January 27, 2019, at midnight. Selected candidates will be interviewed in March and all applicants will be notified by the end of that month. Questions should be addressed to

Each curatorial intern will assist a curator or curatorial team with tasks related to researching and interpreting works of art and design, which may in some cases be associated with upcoming exhibitions or prospective additions to the collection. The intern will also assist with ongoing collection management. This may include taking inventories of objects, confirming descriptions and measurements, and entering and updating data in the Museum’s internal database system. The intern will gain an understanding of managing a collection area in a museum and will be introduced to writing about objects for platforms such as in-gallery texts and scholarly publications. Strong candidates will be detail oriented and will possess good organizational and research skills.

Curatorial Internship: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
The Prints, Drawings, & Photographs collection dates from the 15th century to the present and comprises more than 25,000 works including prints, drawings, and photographs. The intern’s tasks will include assisting curatorial staff in general department and collection management, such as pulling and returning objects to storage, cataloging, and inventory. There may be opportunity for involvement in object selection, research, and label writing for works going on view in gallery rotations.


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