The MFAH has welcomed interns for decades, and a formalized internship program was established in 1990. Internships are offered in many areas of the museum's operations, with the focus on providing practical experience and professional guidance for students interested in museum careers.
Goals and Benefits
Interns at the MFAH have the opportunity to:
• enhance learning by gaining first-hand experience working on one (or more) meaningful project(s) under the guidance of experienced professionals;
• discover one (or more) mentor(s) who can provide perspective about educational paths and professional goals;
• broaden understanding of museum careers and interrelated areas of museum operations during Friday presentations and outings;
• enjoy fellowship with other MFAH interns during optional socials at the museum and around Houston.
Who Is Eligible?
• Students interested in a career at an art museum, whether in curatorial research and exhibition development or any other area of museum operations: archives, conservation, development, education, library, marketing, registration, and more!
• Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or recent graduates (within one year) from an accredited college or university.
• Students in any major area of study, as art history and fine art are not essential for all internships.
Internships last 10 weeks, with 25 hours per week during the summer (total 250 hours) and 12 hours per week during fall and spring (total 120 hours). In some cases, specific days and times are scheduled, and others have more flexibility.
Interns receive a stipend of $10 per hour. (Summer total is $2,500; fall and spring total is $1,200.)
Interns wishing to receive postsecondary credit are responsible for making all necessary arrangements with their school.
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to internships, the MFAH offers numerous volunteer opportunities. For information, click here.Top
The MFAH Intern Experience
“I am grateful to my supervisors for their willingness to allow me to contribute so freely to their curatorial projects at the MFAH. I feel honored to have become in any way a part of their ambitious undertakings, and I am fortunate to have worked alongside such brilliant and thoughtful mentors.”
—Auriel Garza, 2009 Contemporary Art & Special Projects Intern
“I was very excited to have the opportunity to meet people from almost every department in the museum and learn about how they contributed to the daily functioning of the MFAH. Ultimately, this internship has given me a great sense of validation. I now know for certain that the field of art education is where I belong.”
—Rachel Walz, 2009 School Programs Intern
The Summer Internship Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receives generous funding from The Brown Foundation, Inc. and the Lubrizol Foundation.
All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.Top