Internship & Fellowship Programs

Overview

The MFAH internship and fellowship program provides specialized training and career readiness for undergraduate and graduate students, fostering the next generation of museum professionals and active community partners. Interns and fellows gain firsthand experience working on one or more meaningful projects under the guidance of staff mentors. Interns and fellows also have the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of diverse museum careers through regular professional-development presentations and outings.

Internships and fellowships at the MFAH are defined by the supervisors to meet the challenges of ongoing and/or time-sensitive projects. For example, in the curatorial department, an intern or fellow may engage in research about artists and works of art to enhance collection records, or assist with an upcoming exhibition; in the department of learning and interpretation, an intern may develop resources or assist with programs for a specific audience (families, teachers, etc.).

The MFAH offers paid fellowships, academic-credit internships, and unpaid internships. Please see individual job descriptions for details about whether a position is paid, unpaid, or offered for academic credit.

  • Paid Fellowships The MFAH offers paid fellowships for both undergraduate and graduate students. See individual job descriptions for information about stipend amounts and eligibility requirements.
  • Internships for Academic Credit Students wishing to earn academic credit do not qualify for a stipend and are responsible for ensuring all necessary paperwork is complete with their college/university. If MFAH personnel (internship & fellowship program coordinator and/or intern/fellow supervisor) must complete paperwork (verify time-logs, evaluation, etc.), it is the student's responsibility to bring the paperwork to the Museum's attention. Additionally, the college/university may have fewer or greater requirements for academic credit. If fewer requirements, students acknowledge the need to abide by MFAH requirements; if greater requirements, students acknowledge the need to inform Museum staff and understand that the MFAH may or may not guarantee compliance with requirements of other institutions.
  • Unpaid Internships By agreeing to an unpaid internship, the student acknowledges that the internship will not constitute employment and that no stipend will be provided.

When reviewing available internships and fellowships, carefully consider which opportunity best matches your personal and professional goals. Access complete descriptions for positions at the links below. 

For special-opportunity fellowships and residencies, see information about the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship and Summer Academy or learn about the Core Program and Dora Maar House.

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Americana Foundation Bayou Bend Collection Internship

Paid Internship: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

The Americana Foundation Bayou Bend Collection Intern will work collaboratively with staff in the Bayou Bend curatorial department and the MFAH conservation department to compile and research information on collection acquisition priorities; assist with collection management and curatorial projects; participate in preventive maintenance and treatment of collection objects; and conduct conservation-oriented research.

Deadline to Apply
• July 15, 2015

Term
• September 2015–May 2016
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has received a generous grant from the Americana Foundation to support an approximate 9 month, 30 hour per week internship at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens with an expected duration of September 2015 through May 2016, although specific hours and range of months can be modified by mutual agreement.

Stipend
$15 per hour

Application Instructions
To apply for this position, send a cover letter, CV, and a letter of reference to Bradley Brooks at bbrooks@mfah.org with the subject line “Americana Foundation Internship Application.” Please send your application materials (in the order listed) in ONE Word document or PDF file, and give your application file the following title: applicant last name, Americana Foundation Internship.

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Fall 2015 Internship Opportunity

Unpaid/Academic Credit Internship: Public Relations

The marketing and communications department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, advertises, promotes, and publicizes all Museum exhibitions, programs, and initiatives. The public relations intern’s responsibilities include supporting the Museum’s publicity efforts for exhibitions, films, events, and public programs; monitoring and recording publicity garnered for the Museum; researching media contacts and addressing media inquiries; assembling press kits and supporting marketing and communications staff during media previews; assisting with film crews at the Museum; and drafting media alerts and exhibition notices.

Deadline to Apply
• Friday, August 28, 2015, 6 p.m.

Term
• September–December 2015

Application Instructions
Submit the following materials to wradley@mfah.org:
• Cover letter describing your experience and professional goals as relevant to this internship
• Résumé
• Two writing samples; PR, marketing, or journalism focus preferred

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More Information

Questions?
• Contact interns@mfah.org

Other Opportunities
• In addition to internships and fellowships, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, offers numerous volunteer opportunities. Learn more about volunteering.

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The Summer Internship Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receives generous funding from ExxonMobil; the Lubrizol Foundation; the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.

 

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