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 2021–24 Hood Museum Board of Advisors Mutual Learning Fellowship. This three-year, three-person, board-funded mutual learning cohort comprises positions in the museum's Education & Public Programming, Registration & Collections Care, and Curatorial & Exhibitions areas. The fellowship is designed for entry-level candidates who wish to work in the arts and culture sector and are interested in museum technology, but who do not have the advanced degrees or professional experience often required in 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 area.  

Mutual Learning Fellows will develop literacy in the digital tools used by the museum and will serve as a bridge to the digital realm within their assigned divisions. They will also gain a deep understanding of museum operations through observation and hands-on learning. The fellows will support and work with their assigned divisions and other peer staff on mission-critical projects, such as exhibition planning, collections care and growth, and public education and outreach, utilizing digital platforms. As individual interests emerge, cohort members will be encouraged to initiate and develop digital projects of their own design.  

In preparation for welcoming the fellows, all museum staff will undergo intensive Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) training. Staff serving as advisors and supervisors will attend additional, targeted sessions on supporting professional development, coaching, and communications. We recognize that mere inclusion is not enough; in order to become an inclusive, safe, equitable, and accessible employer, we must first work on ourselves and our environment.   

Click here for information on the museum's DEAI action plan.

Structure and individual positions 

This fellowship was developed in response to the clear need for broader digital engagement, both internally and externally, which the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified. Each cohort member will learn practices specific to their individual position, developing expertise in the digital tools that their assigned division uses or seeks to implement. They will then serve as the primary digital specialist in their department, working to ensure that the museum remains accessible to all audiences. 

All Mutual Learning Fellows will report to the Assistant Director, Digital Platforms, Media & Archives, and will receive in-depth training on digital tools from the DPMA team. Each fellow will also be guided by their assigned staff advisor, who will provide coaching and training, career advice, professional networking, and support.   

Education & Public Programming 

The Education & Public Programming Fellow will learn the art of connecting museum audiences with the collection. In collaboration with a team of museum educators, the Education & Public Programming fellow will learn about and contribute to the practice of teaching with artwork, museum visitor engagement with art collections through public programming and events, and accessible interpretive practice.  

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Registration & Collections 

The Registration & Collections Fellow will learn the practice of museum collections administration and physical care. Under the mentorship of the registration team, the Registration & Collections Fellow will develop the skillset to assess the physical condition of an artwork, learn best practices in artwork storage and rehousing, and understand the administrative responsibilities of collections custody. 

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Curatorial & Exhibitions 

The Curatorial & Exhibitions Fellow will gain deep understanding of curatorial work and best practices. Under the mentorship of the curatorial and exhibitions teams, the Curatorial & Exhibitions Fellow will learn how to care for, develop, and exhibit a museum art collection.  

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The base salary starts at $21.63/hour (approximately $45,000 annualized). This full-time, compensated position includes full medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits. For more information on Dartmouth's benefits packages, please visit Dartmouth Human Resources Employee Benefits Information.

Eligibility and job requirements 

Minimum requirements 

  • Two years of college or an associate's degree in the humanities or social sciences, or equivalent full-time (35–40 hrs/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). 
  • Ability to consider and engage with multiple perspectives and experiences. 
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills. 
  • Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of diverse communities. 

Preferred qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree in the humanities or social sciences, or equivalent full-time (35–40 hrs/week) experience. 
  • Two years of experience in the workforce, either in an office setting or customer service capacity. 
  • Familiarity with museum work such as collections care, curation, exhibitions, and public outreach & education. 



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.