Summer Internships

Davis Museum Summer Internship Program

This page will be updated in 2023

The Davis Museum Summer Internship, which is available to current Wellesley College students and recent graduates from the Class of 2022, provides a paid opportunity for students to work with Davis museum professionals and gain broad exposure to the museum field.

Stipend for the entire summer: $4,000 before taxes. Housing on campus is provided.

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 interdepartmental teams and build collaboration skills
  • participate in workshops on topics like museum writing, art historical research, museum teaching, and grant writing
  • have weekly networking opportunities with Davis staff
  • attend virtual and in-person field trips consisting of interactive experiences and tours with museum professionals from a broad range of departments at institutions across the United States and globe.

Wellesley students of all majors and class years, including graduating seniors, are encouraged to apply to the Davis Museum Summer Internship program for eight weeks of professional experience.

This year we are able to offer the following positions

  • Internship Coordinator (1 position available)
    • ​Under the supervision of the Curator of Education and Programs at the Davis, the Summer Internship Coordinator plans, develops and manages many aspects of the Davis Museum Summer Internship Program. During the spring semester, the Intern Coordinator assists with the hiring process, including management of student employment and housing forms, and plans all summer activities such as workshops, field trips, and meetings. The Internship Coordinator acts as a liaison between the interns and Davis staff, and is responsible for managing the program budget. During the summer, the Internship Coordinator is also responsible for the daily management and administration needs of the program, and acts as a leader for the rest of the intern cohort.

​The Internship Coordinator's responsibilites begin part time in March 2022. During the spring semester, the Internship Coordinator will recieve $14.25/hour. The Internship Coordinator must be available full-time for Summer 2022 and will receive a $4,500 stipend for the summer.

  • ​Curatorial interns (1-2 positions available)
    • ​Curatorial interns will assist members of the Davis's Curatorial staff with exhibition-related work, potential acquisitions, and general curatorial responsibilities. They will conduct research and work on a variety of project involving the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, as well as undertake daily administrative duties.​​
  • ​Eleanor P. DeLorme Museum Summer Internship (1 position available)
    • ​The DeLorme Intern will develop an independent curatorial project, ranging from research on a specific area in the collections to designing a future installation, and writing gallery labels and didactics. The intern may also assist with publications, collections management, and exhibition development. The DeLorme internship is only available to graduating seniors from the Class of 2022.​
  • ​Education intern (1 position available)
    • ​The Education intern will work with the Curator of Education and Programs to design programs and activities for the summer and upcoming academic year. The intern will work on a variety of projects aimed at increasing the Museum's accessibility to a broad range of public audiences with a focus of K-12 outreach, including creating lesson plans and developing resouces for a teacher resource center, as well as initiatives in increasing college student engagement.​
  • ​Digital Marketing and Administration interns (2 positions available)
    • ​The Digital Marketing and Administration Intern actively supports a wide range of projects for the Director's office and Friends of Art programs. Job duties include designing and managing digital and print campaigns, Mailchimp list maintenance, assisting with content development for the Davis mobile app, maintenance of the museum's website and Facebook pages, evaluation of and work with the museum's social media presence, as well as other responsibilities such as data mangement, compiling reports, managing membership cards, assisting with events, general office support, and research. Some projects will overlap with other departments, enabling interns to gain a broad exposure to all areas of museum operations.​
  • ​Collections Management intern (1 position available)
    • ​The Collections Management intern will aid the Museum Registrar in carrying out tasks related to the organization, documentation, and care of the Davis collections. The intern will manage the Print Study room and monitor the use of works by students, faculty, scholars, and the general public. They will assist with cataloguing, inventory, and photography of the collection, work with the Museum's collections management system (The Museum System), and be trained in art handling. Some projects will overlap with other departments, enabling interns gain broad exposure to all areas of Museum operations.

The eight-week internship will take place from June 21-August 12, and students are expected to work from 9 am - 5 pm at 35 hours per week, in addition to occasional evening hours for field trips and special events.

The Davis Museum at Wellesley College

Exposure: Gain exposure to daily life in an exciting academic museum, as well as to the larger art world through field trips and presentations.
Connections: Make important connections – both inside the Davis, working directly with staff members, and outside of the museum in the local and national art world (museums, auction houses, galleries, artist studios, Wellesley Friends of Art, etc.)
Impact: Summer interns have a vital role at the Davis and work on meaningful projects that have a direct impact on the museum – no running to get coffee, guaranteed.  (Past projects have included inventory of the Davis collection, updating the database, producing written content for an exhibition catalogue, building a virtual exhibition, and researching potential acquisitions.)

Application Process
Complete and submit the application (with resume and transcript) by March 1, 2022 through Workday. Students may apply to multiple internship positions with one application; however, please be sure to address each position you’re applying for in the essay questions. Possible candidates will be contacted for interviews in March, with decisions being made in late March. Still have questions? Email Arthurina Fears, Curator of Education and Programs (afears).

Additional opportunities offered by the Davis include the Liliane Pingoud Soriano Curatorial Fellowship at the Musee du Louvre, Paris, an exchange program with a curatorial focus between the Davis and the Musee du Louvre, made available through an application process at the Career Education Center to recent Wellesley College graduates.