Mellon Curatorial Internship Opportunity at the Smart

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in curatorial research. No prior museum experience is expected, but an interest in the history/histories of ‘objects’ and good research skills are.

Mark Dion Round Up: An Entomological Endeavor for the Smart Museum of Art, 2000 Colored pencil and collage on paper, 7 x 12 in. 2000.65


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Curatorial Internship

Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago

The Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago is pleased to offer the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Curatorial Internship for 2010–11.  Applications are due June 1, 2010.


  • To provide a museum opportunity involving object-based curatorial research for advanced graduate students in art history and related disciplines;
  • To advance substantive research on objects in the collection of the Smart Museum, which will be incorporated into the Smart’s permanent research files and online collection database;
  • To assist curatorial staff in further integrating the collections of the Smart Museum into the academic and intellectual life of the University of Chicago.


The successful candidate will work 19.5 hours per week on a 10-month appointment at the Smart Museum of Art (September through June).  The Mellon Program Coordinator will supervise this position and determine exact areas of permanent collection research, taking account of curatorial needs as well as the internship recipient’s own areas of expertise.


The successful candidate will receive $14,000 for a 10-month, 19.5 hrs/wk appointment.


Candidates must be advanced graduate students at the University of Chicago in good standing in their department, ideally in the late stages of the dissertation.  Students in other circumstances will be considered, but must at a minimum have finished their coursework and passed their preliminary examinations.

The successful candidate will focus on one of the following three areas of the Smart Museum collection, based on his or her areas of expertise:

Asian (all periods)

Old Master European (Renaissance – 1900)

Modern American and European (1850 – 1960)

Candidates who apply to work on Asian Art must be proficient in Japanese, Korean or Chinese. They do not have to be art historians. However, candidates who apply to work on Old Master or Modern Art must have a strong knowledge of art history, including research sources and methods. Previous museum experience is not required, but students with previous museum experience are also encouraged to apply.

Excellent research and writing skills are required.  Excellent oral communication needed and ability to work collaboratively as well as to work independently on research.  Strong computer skills needed.

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