If you’d like to get involved in the day-to-day life of Hill-Stead Museum while providing essential support for our departments, consider joining us as an intern, volunteer, or apply for an open job position.
Hill-Stead Museum welcomes student and adult interns, as needs arise, in its administrative, buildings and grounds, curatorial, development, education, and public programming areas as well as for our Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.
Undergraduate Curatorial Internship
Hill-Stead Museum is seeking an undergraduate junior or senior for a two-three day/week summer internship to assist the Curator and Director of Interpretation and Programs. Potential projects include 1) research and preparation for a multi-part, Curator-lead member program on the “lesser artists” in Hill-Stead’s collection, 2) researching local history topics, themes or persons that will figure into an on-going interpretive planning initiative related to enhancing the visitor experience at Hill-Stead and 3) analysis of collection records to aid the Curator in drafting an institution-wide Long Range Preservation Plan. Additional projects may include, but are not limited to, processing Archives acquisitions, temporary exhibition planning and research and routine collections care.
The successful candidate will: be a student of art history, history, material culture, museum studies or related fields; be self-motivated, able to make sound and informed judgements and capable of working independently; have excellent written and oral communication skills. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Curator Melanie Bourbeau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Student Curatorial Internship
Hill-Stead Museum is seeking an art history graduate student for a one-two day/week summer internship to assist the Curator and Director of Interpretation and Programs in preparatory research and planning for a spring-summer 2020 exhibition on Edgar Degas’ artistic process. The exhibition will highlight prints from a limited edition 1897-1898 portfolio, Vingt dessins, from Hill-Stead’s collection and which are rarely on public view. Tasks will include, but not be limited to, researching potential loans to augment the sketches in Vingt dessins, 2) prepare loan requests, and 3) draft preliminary interpretation for guided tours and self-paced exploration of the exhibition.
The successful candidate will: be well-versed in French Impressionism, although it is not necessary that this be a primary area of study; be proficient in art object research, with access to various art databases a plus; have excellent written and oral communication skills. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Curator Melanie Bourbeau at email@example.com.
Hil-Stead runs on volunteers. To find out more about supporting the museum with your volunteer hours, visit our Volunteer page, contact us at 860.677.4787 ext 181, or fill out our online Volunteer Sign Up Form.
There are no openings at this time.