Opportunities & Internships

Art History Opportunities

With Art History degrees, our students pursue successful careers in many different fields, among them museums, art conservation, law, and medicine. To help our majors develop professional skills, the department maintains close relationships to museums throughout the world. Wellesley students have been welcomed in competitive internships at such prestigious institutions as the Louvre (Paris), the Peggy Guggenheim (Venice), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). 

A number of our graduates elect to pursue graduate study. Our recent graduates have gone on to attend Yale, Harvard, NYU Institute of Fine Arts, Columbia, the University of Chicago, Northwestern, the Courtauld Institute, and Princeton, among others. Students interested in graduate study should speak to their faculty advisors about preparation and should consult the College Art Association’s Directory of Graduate Programs in Art History, which is available in the Art Library. 

Below are links to selected career development opportunities.  Other possibilities exist!  Many museums welcome interns even if they do not have a formal internship program, and faculty members can be a good resource for opportunities in particular fields of study.

Especially for Wellesley students

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy, (apply through Wellesley Center for Work and Service)

Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, (apply through Davis Museum)

Louvre Museum:  Soriano Fellowship, Paris, France, (apply through Davis Museum)

Eastern Boeotia Summer Archaeological Project, Eleon, Greece, (apply through Professor Burns, bburns@wellesley.edu)

Internships in the Boston Area

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA                                   

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA                 

Semitic Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA  (contact museum directly)

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA                 

Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship Program, Deerfield, MA

National and International Internships

Metropolitan Museum and Cloisters, New York, NY

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

The Getty Museum and Trust, Los Angeles, CA

The Smithsonian, Washington, DC

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Christie's Auctions, NYC, SF, LA

China Institute, New York, NY (Contact HR for available internships)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art , San Francisco, CA

Summer Programs in Archaeology and Cultural Preservation

International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies, San Gemini, Italy

American Institute for Roman Culture , Rome, Italy

American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy

Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project (UMass Amherst), Murlo, Italy

Vindolanda Excavations at Hadrian's Wall, England

Archaeological Institute of America Excavation Database