Hood Museum Board of Advisors Mutual Learning Fellowship

Fellowship Overview

Aiming to encourage, build, and sustain diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts, the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, is seeking aspiring museum workers for the 2024–27 Hood Museum Mutual Learning Fellowship. This three-year, three-person mutual learning cohort comprises positions in the museum's Curatorial, Communications, and Digital Platforms Departments

The fellowship is designed for entry-level candidates who wish to work in the arts and culture sector but do not have the advanced degrees (i.e., master's or doctoral degrees, or graduate-level coursework) or professional experience and network often required by similar job postings. Instead, following an apprenticeship model, this program emphasizes intensive on-the-job learning, with each member of the cohort spending all three years of the program within one specific discipline.

During the first year, fellows will work closely with departmental advisors to gain in-depth knowledge of their individual discipline. Fellows will also meet as a group with the cohort supervisor to establish their goals and tasks and assess their progress throughout the fellowship. In years 2 and 3, fellows will continue to meet regularly as a group while developing their own projects, which include an individual capstone project for each fellow as well as a group project. In previous years, the group project manifested as a small exhibition co-curated by the fellows, whereas individual projects ranged from transcription of Asian languages written on artworks to an in-depth survey and strategy for the museum's audiovisual artworks and a solo exhibition. Fellows will collaborate with one another throughout the fellowship where appropriate. For example, the 2021–24 cohort came together to assist curator Michael Hartman in planning, interpretation, installation, and public programming related to the 2023 exhibition ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now.

In preparation for welcoming new members to the Hood Museum team, current staff must undergo ongoing Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) training. Staff serving as mentors and supervisors will attend additional targeted sessions on supporting professional development, coaching, and communications.

Structure and Individual Positions

All Mutual Learning Fellows report to the Assistant Director, Digital Platforms, Media, and Archives. Each fellow will also be guided by their assigned staff mentor, who will provide coaching and training, career advice, professional networking, and support.


The Communications Fellow will gain a well-rounded understanding of communications, public relations, and marketing strategies that are specific to the museum field but also applicable to other professional sectors. Under the guidance and mentorship of the Communications Department and the Programs and Events Manager, the fellow will learn about best practices and develop a skillset that will provide them with the foundation needed to work in communications within the arts or find success in a non-arts-related field.

Visit the following link for a list of possible duties for this role: Communications Fellow duties

Cultural Heritage Technology and Innovation

The Mutual Learning Fellow for Cultural Heritage Technology and Innovation will explore, experiment with, and research technology platforms to use for storytelling, presentation, and interactive experiences in exhibitions and on the Hood Museum website. As an advocate for museum technology, this fellow will help to make cross-departmental connections and work with other technology thought partners throughout campus to expand the museum's technological reach and capacity. The fellow will acquire the skills necessary to continue learning to implement various technology platforms for cultural heritage. They may also use those skills to pursue further education in other technological industries.

Visit the following link for a list of possible duties for this role: Cultural Heritage Technology and Innovation Fellow duties

Curatorial & Exhibitions

The Curatorial & Exhibitions Fellow will gain a deep understanding of curatorial work and best practices. Under the mentorship of the curatorial team, the fellow will learn how to care for and develop a museum collection; the process for exhibiting an art museum collection; and how to interpret an artwork for multiple and diverse audiences. 

Visit the following link for a list of possible duties for this role: Curatorial Fellow duties


The base salary starts at $24.52/hour (approximately $51,000 annualized). This full-time, compensated position includes full medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and retirement benefits. For more information on Dartmouth's benefits packages, please visit the following link: Dartmouth Human Resources Employee Benefits Information.


If you see yourself in one of these positions, please apply even if you do not meet 100 percent of the qualifications.

Women are statistically less likely to apply for a job for which they meet less than 100 percent of the qualifications as compared to similarly qualified men. Members of minoritized communities are less likely to apply for jobs if there is no information on institutional demographics or accessible DEAI guidelines. Information on the museum and college's DEAI and strategic plans and a list of employee resource networks can be found below the body of this advertisement.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Two years of college or an associate's degree in the humanities or social sciences, or equivalent full-time (35–40 hours/week) experience.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively (in teams).
  • Passion and enthusiasm for the arts and for community work.
  • Thrives in dynamic work environment (e.g., can participate in, and eventually manage, multiple projects).
  • Approach to work considers multiple perspectives and experiences.
  • Ability to engage with multiple perspectives and experiences.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, and to serving the needs of the museum's communities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Two years of experience in the workforce, either in an office setting or a customer-service capacity.
  • Familiarity with museum work, such as curatorial practice, communications, events, or museum technology.

How to apply

The application period for the 2024-2027 fellowship has closed.

Applicant Resources

Toward Equity: Aligning Action and Accountability
Hood Museum of Art Mission
Hood Museum of Art Strategic Vision

Dartmouth Employee Resource Networks

  • Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC)
  • Black Caucus
  • Empowering Women of Color (EWOC)
  • Latinx Hispanic Caribbean Network
  • LGBTQIA+ Employee Network
  • Dartmouth Veterans Network
  • Young Professionals at Dartmouth




Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.