Internship & Fellowship Programs

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.


Summer Internship & Fellowship Opportunities

The MFAH provides a variety of summer internship and fellowship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Job descriptions and application instructions can be found on the Museum’s Internships and Fellowships web page.

All summer internships and fellowships are 10 weeks long, from early June to late August. Hours are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour lunch break. Internships and fellowships are presumed to be fully in-person unless otherwise noted in the job description.


Summer Internship & Fellowships FAQs

Do I need to be a full-time student to apply?
No, we accept both part-time and full-time students.

Are housing and commuting accommodations provided?
Housing assistance and accommodations are not offered. Resources to assist with commuting, such as metro cards, are offered through the Human Resources department.

Are accessibility accommodations provided?
Yes, please inform us and we can arrange any necessary accommodations.

Can I apply if I’ve recently graduated college?
After graduating, you have the opportunity to apply for an internship or fellowship as long as it has been within a year since your graduation. We welcome recent graduates to explore and pursue these opportunities to further enhance their skills and contribute to our organization.

Can I re-apply if I’ve previously worked as an intern or a fellow at the MFAH?
Yes, if you meet the requirements for the position listed in the job description, you’re welcome and encouraged to apply.


Equal Opportunities for All

At the MFAH, we believe that diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusivity are fundamental to our organization. We welcome all applicants whose experience and interest has prepared them to consider this opportunity and support our organizational commitment to workplace diversity, inclusion, and excellence. Our commitment to our policy and practice of nondiscrimination represents more than good intentions. It provides for selections and decisions that are made without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law or any other reason unrelated to your ability to join and contribute to our organization and support our mission to provide a museum experience for all.

The MFAH is equally committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals interested in opportunities with the organization. As part of this commitment, we want to ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation needed to 1) participate in the application process or 2) the interview process; 3) perform essential functions; and/or 4) participate in the benefits and privileges of an opportunity with the MFAH. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact the human resources department:


Other Opportunities

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


The Summer Internship Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receives generous funding from the the Lubrizol Foundation and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment funds provided by Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; Windgate Foundation; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; CFP Foundation; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.