McMullen Museum of Art Boston College
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Educational resources

Tours: Private group tours are available by request. The Museum's docents will tailor their presentations to your group's age level and interests. Call 617-552-8587 or email at least two weeks in advance to schedule a tour. Tours are contingent on the availabilty of volunteer docents. The tours are free, but there is a charge for security if a tour is scheduled outside the museum's regular hours.

We may also be able to provide you with additional texts or help you contact a BC faculty member with expertise in your area of interest. Call 617-552-8587 for assistance.


Program Overview

Since 1993, the McMullen Museum has offered internships to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in classes at Boston College and graduate students enrolled in local Museum Studies programs. The program is geared to students interested in exploring the careers available in art museums. As a museum focused on mounting in-house exhibitions, the McMullen Museum familiarizes interns with not only the general inner workings of museums but also the detailed process of producing exhibitions. Interns work closely with Kate Shugert, Publications and Exhibitions Administrator, and Diana Larsen, Exhibition and Collections Manager/Designer, in various aspects of exhibition planning.

Projects are given to interns based on their individual skills and interests:
Undergraduates gain an array of experience from performing background research for upcoming exhibitions, building image databases using Excel and PowerPoint, and proofreading per the Chicago Manual of Style to marketing exhibitions and assembling press kits.

Graduate students will gain professional experience performing curatorial research, writing didactic labels and grants, and copyediting exhibition catalogue essays.

The McMullen Museum seeks applicants with a positive attitude who are eager to learn. Applicants must work efficiently and demonstrate excellent research skills, attention to detail, strong organizational and administrative skills, and the ability to problem-solve.

Internship Opportunities

Given the diverse nature of the exhibition production process, the Museum encourages students not only of art history but also of other disciplines to apply. Interns volunteer a minimum of three hours per week (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for the duration of the internship. Interns working during the summer volunteer a minimum of eight weeks but have the option to choose a start and end date. If a University holiday coincides with an intern’s scheduled day to work, the intern is not required to reschedule.

All internships are unpaid. Students may request credit from their academic department.

Summer 2011

June 6–August 19

Application deadline: April 6, 2011

Fall 2011

September 12–December 9

Application deadline: July 12, 2011

Spring 2012

January 23–April 27

Application deadline: Nov 23, 2011

How to Apply

Please submit the following to

Cover Letter

One page only. Include your availability, reasons you are interested in interning at the McMullen Museum, what you would like to gain from your experience at the Museum, and the skills you will bring to the position.

Curriculum Vitae

One page only.

Two References

Name, title, phone number, and email address.

Please submit all materials in one pdf package. Only complete applications will be reviewed.