Each year, the Hood Museum of Art offers internships to Dartmouth students entering their senior year. All majors are encouraged to apply!
Research and promote great art, create student programs, and learn from museum professionals.
Internships are available in the following areas:
- Public Relations
Curatorial interns work closely with a curator responsible for a particular area of the museum's collection, doing research, writing, and helping with aspects of exhibition development.
Programming interns work with the education staff to create programs that engage Dartmouth students in learning about original works of art. They develop and lead museum events such as tours, gallery/studio programs, discussion groups, and parties.
The public relations intern works with communications staff to promote museum events and activities, particularly to campus audiences.
In addition to working within their respective departments, most interns organize a unique Space for Dialogue installation. Working with Hood staff, interns determine a theme and identify objects, help design the installation, write labels and a brochure, and deliver a public talk. As the Hood is under renovation and expansion this year interns will be working with the DALI lab to create virtual Space for Dialogue exhibitions using the Hood’s collection. They will also be working together as a group to curate a Space for Dialogue exhibition for the museum’s reopening the following year.
Commitment and Compensation
Hood internships require a commitment of ten hours per week during the fall, winter, and spring terms at a rate of $11.00 per hour.
The deadline for applications (cover letter and resume) is April 10, 2017, and hired interns will begin work at the start of fall term. Please indicate in your cover letter which internship(s) you are interested in.
Students who plan to do a senior thesis are strongly discouraged from applying for these internships, due to the significant time commitment that each entails. Art history majors who intend to complete a thesis during their senior year may apply to participate in the program as juniors. For questions about the internship program, feel free to call the museum at (603) 646-2808.
Please email applications to Amelia.B.Kahl@dartmouth.edu or mailed to Hood Internships, Hinman Box 6034, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755. Applications must be received at the museum by 4:30 p.m. on April 10, 2017.
What do interns gain from their experience?
- Career inspiration
“It wasn’t until this year and due in great part to this internship that I realized I wanted to be a curator. So in short this internship gave me a life plan.” —Stephanie Trejo ‘10
- Insight into museums
“The interactions with so many different staff members were an incredible opportunity to learn about all aspects of working in a museum. The amount of freedom and responsibility we were given in all of our work… is something that I know will not be duplicated in any other internships or entry-level jobs I will have post-graduation.” — Frances Middleton ‘12
- The freedom to work independently
“I very much liked the chance to work semi independently on my own project, while at the same time still remaining connected to the program as a whole and the other interns through our weekly intern seminar sessions. I also really enjoyed the chance to help out at various Hood events. It made me feel more connected to the museum,” —Aki Berman ’16
What are former Hood interns doing now?
Many former Hood interns have gone on to graduate programs and academic and museum careers at prestigious colleges, universities, and museums. Other former interns have gone on to pursue careers in galleries, to conduct research with museum evaluation firms, and to work as practicing artists.
The Hood Museum of Art thanks the generous alumni and parents who have given endowments that fund many of the museum’s senior internships: the Class of 1954 Internship, the Homma Family Internship, the Kathryn Conroy Internship, the Levinson Internship, and the Mellon Special Project Internship.