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About Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Dating back to 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the United States—and one of its more innovative. It was the first American museum to collect contemporary American Art. The museum is home to more than 50,000 works of art, including the Hudson River School paintings, as well as a range of American art, contemporary art, costumes and textiles, European Art, and more. Among the artists featured at the Wadsworth Atheneum are Caravaggio, Dalí, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Rauschenberg, Sherman, Van Gogh, and Warhol.

The Wadsworth Atheneum offers internships across almost all of the museum departments, including archives, curatorial, development, education, library, museum design, public relations and marketing, registrar, and visitor services. Responsibilities vary depending on department and may include archiving, assisting with marketing efforts, event planning, fundraising, grant writing, helping with web design, interacting with museum visitors, managing tours, organizing exhibitions, planning museum programs, tracking works of art, and much more. Interns may also work within the Amistad Center for Art & Culture, which is another art-focused entity housed within the museum; its mission is “to interpret and celebrate African American art and humanities and to educate the public about their importance and influence in American life.”


Open to undergraduates, graduate students, recent graduates, and mid-career applicants. Candidates must be 19 years of age or older. Applicants with at least two years of undergraduate work are preferred. Non-US citizens are eligible.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Emily Pacini
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 860.838.41
Phone: (860) 838-4170


Number of Interns: 10 to 20; 15 (Summer); 10 (Fall; Spring)
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid; Unpaid; Academic Credit is available.
Duration: 6 to 12 weeks; 8 to 10 weeks (Summer); 10 weeks (Fall; Spring)
Academic Level: College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Hartford, CT