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
Eligibility Requirements & Application Process
- The MFAH offers paid fellowships, internships for academic credit, and unpaid internships.
- Internships and fellowships are open to students interested in a career at an art museum, whether in curatorial research and exhibition development of any other area of museum operations: archives, conservation, development, education, library, marketing, registration, and more. Students in any major area of study, as art history and fine art are not essential for all internships.
- Undergraduate internships and fellowships are available to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or who recently completed (within one year) a Bachelor’s degree.
- Graduate internships and fellowships are available to students currently enrolled in a Master’s or Doctorate degree or who recently completed (within one year) a Master’s or Doctorate degree.
Paid Fellowships, Academic Credit Internships, or Unpaid Internships
- Paid Fellowships Undergraduate summer fellows are provided a stipend of $10 per hour for 350 hours, totaling $3,500. Graduate summer fellows are provided a stipend of $12.50 per hour for 350 hours, totaling $4,375.
- Academic Credit Internships Students wishing to earn academic credit do not qualify for a stipend and are responsible for ensuring all necessary paperwork is complete with your college/university. If MFAH personnel (internship & fellowship program coordinator and/or intern/fellow supervisor) must complete paperwork (verify time-logs, evaluation, etc.), it is your responsibility to bring the paperwork to the MFAH’s attention. Additionally, your college/university may have fewer or greater requirements for academic credit. If fewer requirements, you acknowledge the need to abide by the MFAH’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.
- Unpaid Internships By agreeing to an unpaid internship, you acknowledge the internship will not constitute employment and no stipend will be provided.
In addition to internships, the MFAH offers numerous volunteer opportunities. Learn more about volunteering.
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 ExxonMobil; the International Fine Print Dealers Association Foundation; the Lubrizol Foundation; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.