College Students

There are many ways for Dartmouth students to become involved with the Hood, from Museum Collecting 101 to senior internships.

“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

2018 Senior Internship Applications

Applications are due on April 16, 2018!

The Center for Object Study

The Center for Object Study is a place where Dartmouth students can come to study original works of art. If you are a Dartmouth student interested in making an appointment outside of a Dartmouth class, please contact Amelia Kahl, associate curator of academic programming.

If you are a faculty member interested in reserving a room in the center, please click here.

Student Engagement

Students are invited to attend the museum’s wide range of lectures, gallery talks, films, and tours—all free and open to everyone. See our events calendar for details.

In addition, each year the museum hires two Dartmouth seniors to work as programming interns who create a wide range of events at the museum just for Dartmouth students. Special programs for students vary each term but often include:

  • tours of current exhibitions
  • small-group explorations of art in the galleries, followed by an opportunity to make art in our studio
  • museum-wide parties
  • behind-the-scenes programs with museum curators
  • Senior Tails at the museum
  • student study nights during reading periods

Follow the Hood Museum of Art on Facebook and keep an eye out for campus-wide emails to learn when these special Dartmouth student events are taking place.

Museum Collecting 101

Each year, Dartmouth students in this non-curricular course select works to enter the museum's permanent collection.

Through Museum Collecting 101, a non-curricular course offered during either winter or spring terms, Dartmouth students from all backgrounds and majors take part in an exciting and important aspect of the museum: acquisitions. For several weeks, a group of up to twelve students meets weekly with curatorial and education staff in two-hour sessions to learn about the museum’s collections and acquisitions process. Students are introduced to a selection of artists and their work, which they discuss in depth, especially in terms of the potential for interdisciplinary curricular connections. Students choose an artist, consider several potential purchases, and vote to select one work. Past participants have sometimes had the opportunity to travel to New York or Boston to visit art dealers and examine the works in person.

Museum Collecting 101 has been dedicated mainly to strengthening the Hood Museum of Art’s contemporary photography collection. Since the program was founded in 2002, the Hood has acquired photographs from a wide range of artists, representing various subjects. Each year, Hood staff determine a specific area of contemporary photography for students to focus on, such as Latin American photography, female photographers, digitally altered works, Asian photography, and documentary photography.

The 2018 session of Museum Collecting 101 will take place during spring term.

Selected Artists

Artists whose work students have selected for the museum to purchase include:

Leaving a Legacy

Museum Collecting 101 is a rich and vibrant program that has allowed undergraduate students to leave a legacy that extends far beyond their four years on campus. The names of all of the students who participate in the program are included in the credit line for the work of art they selected for purchase, and the works they have chosen are frequently used for teaching and exhibitions.

Senior Internships

Each year, the Hood Museum of Art offers internships to Dartmouth students entering their senior year. All majors are welcome! Research and promote great art, create student programs, and learn from museum professionals.

Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Curatorial
  • Native American Art
  • Programming
  • Campus Engagement

These internships are designed to give an overview of the work of the museum. Interns meet as a group with staff members over the course of the year to learn more about the museum profession as a whole.

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.

The Native American Art intern will work closely with the associate curator of Native American art, doing research, writing, and helping with aspects of exhibition development. This internship is open to first-year through senior year students. This position is funded through the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI) joint grant from the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

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 Campus Engagement 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 gallery talk. Space for Dialogue exhibitions will be displayed in the newly renovated and expanded museum scheduled to open in January 2019. During the museum's renovation and expansion interns have been working with the DALI Lab to create Virtual Space for Dialogue exhibitions using the Hood’s collection.

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 16, 2018. 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 or email Amelia Kahl, associate curator of academic programming and intern supervisor.

Applications must be submitted electronically by emailing them to Andrew Turner, scheduling assistant. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on April 16, 2018.

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.”—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. Read interviews with past Hood interns.

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.

Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

The museum has occasional openings for a variety of paid part-time student positions (averaging ten hours per week), including data-entry for the permanent collection and clerical work in the administrative offices. These student part-time positions are advertised through Dartmouth’s Student Employment Office.

If you are Dartmouth student who is interested in an unpaid volunteer position, please contact Amelia Kahl, associate curator of academic programming, via email or at (603) 646-4065.


Peter D. Smith Student Initiative Awards

Every fall, students are invited to apply for the Peter D. Smith Student Initiative Fund, established for the support of student enterprises in the arts and funded by the Friends of the Hopkins Center and Hood Museum of Art to enable talented Dartmouth undergraduates to complete special projects in the arts.

Guidelines for Application

All applications are due in November every year to the Hopkins Center Director’s Office, Lower Level Wilson Hall. All application materials, including recommendations, must be submitted by the deadline.The fund makes up to $3,000 available to sponsor major original projects in the arts. Application is open to individual or group projects. Particular attention is paid to projects for which the Peter D. Smith Student Initiative Fund will be the primary source of funding.

The director of the Hopkins Center and the director of the Hood Museum of Art, acting as a committee, will select the project or projects to receive funds. They will determine the amounts to be granted and their decisions will be final.

Access the application form on the Hopkins Center website.