For decades, the MFAH has welcomed interns and fellows in many areas of the Museum’s operations. In 1990, a more formalized program was established, providing practical experience and professional guidance to students striving for museum careers.
MFAH interns and fellows 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 mentors 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
- Students in any area of study, as a background in art history and fine art is not essential for all internships.
- To receive the stipend, students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at Rice University or University of Texas at Austin.
- To receive academic credit or as a volunteer, students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at any accredited college or university.
- To receive the stipend, one must be either (1) currently enrolled in a graduate (Master’s or Doctorate) program at Rice University or University of Texas at Austin; or, (2) a recent graduate (within one year) of a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral program at Rice University or University of Texas at Austin.
- To receive academic credit or as a volunteer, one must be either (1) currently enrolled in a graduate (Master’s or Doctorate) program at any accredited college or university; or, (2) a recent graduate (within one year) of a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral program at any accredited college or university.
- Students in any major area of study, as art history and fine art, are not essential for all internships.
- Winter/spring 2014 internships and fellowships consist of 120 hours over a ten week period from January 13 through April 4, 2014. While each posting may list specific days and times, in some cases there is flexibility.
Stipend, Academic Credit & Volunteer Information
- Due to funding, during the Winter/spring 2014 term, paid internships and fellowships are available only to students currently enrolled at Rice University or University of Texas at Austin.
- Qualifying interns are provided a stipend of $10 per hour for 120 hours, totaling $1,200, and fellows are provided a stipend of $12.50 per hour for 120 hours, totaling $1,500.
- Interns/fellows wishing to receive academic credit do not qualify for a stipend.
- Interns/fellows wishing to receive academic credit are responsible for ensuring all necessary paperwork is completed with their college or university. If MFAH personnel must complete paperwork, it is the interns’/fellows’ responsibility to bring the paperwork to the MFAH’s attention.
- Your college/university may have fewer or greater requirements for academic credit. If fewer requirements, you acknowledge the need to abide by the Museum’s requirements. If greater requirements, you acknowledge the need to inform the MFAH, and you understand the MFAH may or may not guarantee compliance with requirements of other institutions.
Volunteer Internships & Fellowships
- By agreeing to volunteer, you acknowledge the internship or fellowship will not constitute employment and no stipend will be provided.
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In addition to internships, the MFAH offers numerous volunteer opportunities. For information, click here.Top
The MFAH Intern & Fellow Experience
“Working [as an Intern] in the Education department really does combine my passion for art and education very well. One thing that I really enjoy about working in family programs is being able to help create a dialogue between adults and children....This experience is not just a résumé booster; it has completely changed the way I think of my future.”
—Denise Gonzalez, summer 2013, family programs intern
“As is the case for most projects of this nature, my work began by familiarizing myself with [James] Turrell’s biography, his various bodies of work, and his enduring relationship with Houston. I immersed myself in in-depth research and writing, which included catalogue entries on each of the Turrell works in the MFAH’s unparalleled collection, and subsequently the wall labels to the exhibition.”
—Katia Zavistovski, summer 2013, contemporary art & special projects fellow
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.