Internships & Employment
Interested in a career in the arts? There are many ways for students to gain experience and get involved at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.
Student Guide openings for 2023-2024 are live on JobX - deadline April 2
We offer paid student internships with the Museum’s engagement, curatorial, and collections management departments during the academic year. Available positions are posted in the fall and spring on the JobX website.
The Museum also hosts a limited number of LYNK interns during the summer months through the regular Career Development Center application process. The Almara History in Museums J-Term Internship is an additional opportunity available through the History Department, in which an MHC student spends January conducting original research related to objects or special collections within the Art and/or Skinner Museums.
STUDENT RECEPTIONIST / GUARD POSITIONS
Receptionist/guard positions will be posted in Spring 2023 on the JobX website, and again in November if positions become available.
STUDENT GUIDE PROGRAM
Another great way to be involved with the Museum is the Student Guide Program, which offers students an opportunity to learn about the Museum's collection and give tours to campus, community, and K-12 audiences. These positions either receive academic credit or student employment compensation for their participation in the year-long program.
For those interested in pursuing museum careers, Mount Holyoke’s network of alums can be an invaluable resource. Every two years, the Museum collaborates with other arts departments on campus and the Career Development Center to organize Crafting a Life in the Arts, a career event featuring alum panelists working in a variety of arts-related professions.
We encourage you to reach out to Museum staff to learn more.
Events And Links
During the summer of 2019, the Museum was a hub of activity thanks to four Mount Holyoke undergraduate interns whose many contributions ranged from object research to exhibition preparation and installation. This post highlights the summer work experiences of Izzy Chen ’21, Verity O'Connell ’20, Bran Kroc ’20, and Erin Hancock ’20.
During her LYNK internship at MHCAM this summer, Architectural Studies major and Religion minor Priscilla (Qizhen) Zhang '19 studied a group of Tibetan Mani stones in the Museum's collection. Zhang was especially intrigued by the religious stories present in the carved images and inscriptions on these stones, which she describes in this enlightening blog post. The Museum is grateful for her terrific work, and the important contributions of all of our brilliant interns--contributions that have inspired this new blog series, Intern Insights.
Recent Mount Holyoke graduate Emma Kennedy '16 reflects on her work with a collection of photographs gifted to MHCAM by Ann Zelle '65. During her curatorial internship at the Museum, and in her research for a final paper, Kennedy contemplated the mysteries of these compelling vernacular images.