Applying for Internships & Fellowships

Overview

The MFAH internship and fellowship program aims to provide specialized training and career readiness for undergraduate and graduate level students, fostering the next generation of museum professionals and active community partners. MFAH interns and fellows gain firsthand experience working on one or more meaningful projects under the guidance of staff mentors. They 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.).

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 our Core Program and Dora Maar House.

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Paid Graduate Curatorial Internship in Decorative Arts & Design

The Windgate Intern aids with the development of the permanent collection’s holdings by emerging artists and with identifying these artists, researching their backgrounds, and assembling visual resources for curatorial review. Research on the MFAH craft collection for the website database is also a project during the internship.

Term
Flexible: minimum of 10–12 consecutive weeks between May 2015 and April 2016

Stipend
$5,000 for the internship term

Application Instructions
Send a CV, letter of interest, and indication of your preferred time frame of availability between May 2015 and April 2016 to awalker@mfah.org. Make the subject line of your e-mail “Application: 2015 Windgate Museum Internship.” The application deadline is April 17, 2015.

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Summer 2015 Internship & Fellowship Opportunities

Paid Internship: ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program (CSJP)

  • Summer Studio and Gallery Programs Intern, Department of Learning and Interpretation

    ExxonMobil CSJP Eligibility To be eligible for the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, the intern must be a currently enrolled, full-time, undergraduate student returning to college as a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior for at least the fall semester.

    ExxonMobil CSJP Professional Development In addition to the professional development opportunities provided by the Internship and Fellowship Programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program interns have the opportunity to network with professionals and interns at other nonprofit organizations affiliated with the program, attend professional development seminars, and participate in program service projects.

Paid Fellowships for Undergraduate and Graduate Level Students

Unpaid Internship Opportunities

Academic Credit Internships
The paid fellowship and unpaid internship opportunities listed above may also be offered as academic credit internships on an unpaid basis. In the application cover sheet, please indicate if you would like to be considered for an academic credit internship.

The due date for summer applications is Monday, March 2, 2015, at 5 p.m. Late submissions, with a detailed explanation, are considered only under special circumstances.

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How to Apply

Please review the internship program overview and eligibility guidelines before applying.

To apply for any of the internship and fellowship opportunities at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, listed above, submit the following application materials:

  1. Summer 2015 MFAH Intern Application Cover Sheet
  2. Résumé, not to exceed 2 pages (1-inch margins, 12-point font), including:
    • Contact information (permanent and school addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail)
    • Academic information (grade level, major, awards, and honors)
    • Employment history
  3. Personal Essay (minimum 700 words; maximum 1,500 words) describing how you envision the fellowship or internship will contribute to your accomplishment of educational and/or professional goals
  4. Writing Sample (minimum 1,000 words; maximum 3,500) relevant to the internship or fellowship for which you are applying. For a curatorial position, a writing sample that demonstrates research skills relevant to the collection area would be appropriate; for marketing and communications, a writing sample with a public relations or journalism focus, etc.
  5. Letter of Reference from a faculty member with whom you have studied

How to Submit

  • Combine the application cover sheet, résumé, personal essay, and writing sample in one Microsoft Word file or PDF and e-mail to interns@mfah.org. In the subject line of your e-mail, please include the title of the internship opportunity to which you are applying. Do not submit additional information (cover letter, transcripts, etc.). In the subject line of your e-mail, include the title of the first choice internship/fellowship opportunity to which you are applying.
  • The letter of reference on college/university letterhead should come directly from the faculty member by e-mail to interns@mfah.org with applicant’s name in the e-mail's subject line.
  • Applicants receive confirmation only after the Museum has received ALL materials.

Questions? E-mail interns@mfah.org

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Selection Process

Summer 2015

Application Due Date 
All applications for the summer of 2015 are due by Monday, March 2, at 5 p.m.
Late submissions, with a detailed explanation, are considered only under special circumstances.

Application Review & Interviews
Applications are reviewed by the intern/fellow supervisor, and selected applicants are contacted for an in-person or telephone interview.

Selection & Notification
All applicants, whether selected or not, are notified between Monday and Friday, April 1317.

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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.

 

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