Colby Museum Internships

We offer a variety of internship options here at the Museum. All internships are paid. No prior experience is expected. Opportunities will be posted (and applications accepted) at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters for academic year and summer internships. To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, and names of three references to Justin McCann, unless otherwise noted.

Office of the Associate Director Intern

Reporting to the Associate Director of the Museum of Art, this position will offer general administrative assistance to the Associate Director who oversees all aspects of the Museum organization, including strategic and organizational planning, collections initiatives and goals, resource management, visitor services, marketing and advertising, and digitization projects. The ideal candidate will possess a positive demeanor, have excellent organizational and writing skills, outstanding tact and discretion, and must have a prompt, professional, and courteous demeanor. This position is 10-12 hours per week.  Applicants must be able to commit to established work schedule.

Collections Intern

The Collections Intern will work primarily with the registrars office, assisting with maintenance of Museum object records, inventory of the Museum’s collection, preparing correspondence and research as requested. Dependent upon experience, the collections intern may manage administrative tasks associated with the associate director’s office. Interns must be detail oriented, proficient with Macintosh computers, and digital imaging, have the ability to work independently or as part of a team, and be prompt, courteous, and reliable. Past experience working in a museum environment is preferred but not required. Excellent organizational skills, ability to handle multiple assignments, and attention to detail is essential.

Curatorial Intern

This internship offers an immersive introduction to the work of art curating. The intern will assist the curatorial staff on all tasks related to the development and realization of exhibitions. Tasks will include collection and exhibition research, meeting preparation, data entry, correspondence, and basic office upkeep. The curatorial intern will also assist the Museum’s exhibition preparators as needed. The successful candidate will have strong organization and communication skills and a genuine interest in learning more about the museum field.

Linde Family Foundation Education Intern

The Linde Family Foundation Education Intern will assist both the Mirken Curator of Education and the Mirken Coordinator of Education and Public Programs in a variety of duties. These may include, but are not limited to, the creation of in-gallery and digital didactics, curriculum writing, tour development, and some writing of publicity materials. Interns must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and have the ability to work both independently and as a team member. Interns must also be prompt and reliable. Prior museum experience, and working with school curriculum, is preferred but not required. Experience and interest in the arts, whether formal or informal, is required.

The Mellon Program Research Assistant

The Mellon Program Research Assistant will work primarily with the Curator of Academic Programs and assist with the Museum’s outreach into the Colby curriculum. Responsibilities include developing object lists for Colby College class visits, assisting in collection searches and maintaining catalog records, researching potential partners for collection sharing, and providing logistical support for workshops, meetings, and symposia. Candidates must be detail-oriented, prompt, courteous, reliable, proficient with Macintosh computers, and possess excellent research and writing skills. Past experience working in a museum environment is preferred but not required.

Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies Summer Internships

Art Institute of Chicago and the Freer-Sackler Galleries of Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

The Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies, a scholarly collaboration of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Colby College Museum of Art, the University of Glasgow, and the Art Institute of Chicago, will offer a paid summer internship for a Colby College student at the Art Institute of Chicago. Students with a strong interest and aptitude for museum work will gain experience in the museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings during an eight-toten-week period in the summer. Art history, studio art, and American studies students are especially encouraged to apply.

One intern will be selected by the Art Institute of Chicago to work on various projects, including exhibition preparation and collections research relating to the museum’s extensive resources and collections in American art, 19th-century European art, and especially Whistler and his close contemporaries. Applicants should include a cover letter outlining their interest in museum work and its relevance to their academic program; a résumé, transcripts, and at least one letter of recommendation.

One intern will be selected by the consortium partners and will work on various projects—exhibitions, collections research, and public programs—relating to the Freer’s extensive resources and collections in Asian art and American art of the Aesthetic Movement. Applicants should include a cover letter outlining their interest in museum work and its relevance to their academic program; a résumé, transcripts, and at least one letter of recommendation.

Please contact Justin McCann with any questions about the Lunder Consortium internships.

Partner Opportunities

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The MFA Boston will establish the Lunder Summer Internship Program in perpetuity in honor of Barbara and Theodore Alfond. The Lunder Summer Internship Program will provide funding for three to five Maine college students for a summer internship at MFA. The internships will be awarded as need-based financial aid grants to qualified and eligible Maine college students as determined by MFA. For more information, please visit The Lunder Summer Internships at MFA Boston.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has established an endowed position in perpetuity called the Special Assistant to the Director. This program will fund one post-baccalaureate, year-long internship. The priority for the post-baccalaureate internship will be given first to Colby College graduates, second to college graduates who attended college in Maine, and third to college graduates who are Maine residents and attended college out-of-state. For more information on the internship and how to apply, see the full job description here.

Colby College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, parental or marital status, political beliefs, age, disability unrelated to job requirements, or protected veteran status.