Summer Internships

Remote Davis Museum Summer Internship Program

This is a remote internship available to current Wellesley College students and recent graduates from the Class of 2021. This program description reflects current plans as of December 2020. Due to the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Wellesley College reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel the Davis Museum Summer 2021 Internship Program or withdraw an offer at any time. 


Due to federal tax regulations, only students located in the United States during the internship are eligible to participate. 


Work with Davis museum professionals and gain broad exposure to the museum field in this paid opportunity.

Wellesley students of all majors and class years, including graduating seniors, are encouraged to apply to the remote Davis Museum Summer Internship program for seven weeks of professional experience. The Davis Museum Summer Internship program provides a paid opportunity for students to gain broad exposure to museum operations, acquire an overview of museum practices and policies, and gain marketable professional skills and experience. Interns will have unique access to operations at one of the most acclaimed academic museums in the country.

While working at the Davis, interns will:

  • gain mentorship from museum professionals
  • work in departmental teams and build collaboration skills
  • participate in weekly virtual workshops on topics like museum writing, art historical research, museum teaching, and grant writing
  • have weekly networking opportunities with Davis staff
  • attend weekly virtual field trips consisting of interactive experiences and tours with museum professionals from a broad range of departments, across the region and nationwide


Museum Departments


Interns will work in multiple museum departments and engage projects that combine research, collections management, exhibition development and design, education, and technology.  They will have a vital role at the Davis, working on meaningful projects that have a direct impact on the museum.


This year, interns will have a broad exposure to all museum departments, and all will gain experience in the following:


Curatorial - conduct art historical research, write for the public, and learn virtual speaking skills. 


Education - design public programs and activities focused on college student engagement, art and wellness, and K-12 outreach.


Digital Marketing and Administration -  use graphic design skills for digital and print Museum resources.


Collections Management - facilitate discovery of the collection and enhance the search capabilities of the database.


Dates and Compensation:


This full-time, seven-week summer internship takes place from June 14-July 30, 2021, Monday-Friday, from 9 am - 5 pm, and pays an hourly rate of  $15.00 per hour at 35 hours/week for 7 weeks, for a total of $3675 before taxes.



Application Deadline:


February 18, 2021



Application Procedure:


To apply, submit completed 2021 Davis Museum Summer Internship Application, including statements and writing sample, along with resume and transcript, by February 8, 2021 via Handshake. Possible candidates will be contacted for interviews in February, with decisions being made in March. This year’s internship will take place remotely from June 14-July 30, 2021.


Students will apply to one internship position with one application; however, there will be opportunities to specialize in the following kinds of work: Curatorial, Education, Digital Marketing and Administration, Collections Management. Please indicate your interest in one or more of these areas for the Davis summer internship and career plans.


Questions?  E-mail Arthurina Fears, Curator of Museum Education and Programs (afears).

Additional opportunities offered by the Davis include the Eleanor P. DeLorme Museum Internship, and the Liliane Pingoud Soriano Curatorial Fellowship at the Musee du Louvre, Paris, an exchange program between the Davis and the Musee du Louvre. Both are curatorial in focus, and are made available through an application process at the Career Education Center to recent Wellesley College graduates.