deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

Date Posted:
October 19, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Curatorial Intern


Curatorial Interns at deCordova engage in a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities as they participate in the day-to-day operations of a contemporary art museum and sculpture park. Interns work closely with staff curators and the registrar, and help with exhibition preparations, update collection files, maintain records, organize daily office operations, and conduct art historical research related to exhibitions and the permanent collection. Interns are integral to the success of the curatorial department and as such, they are fully integrated into the work environment. Interns observe and participate in a variety of department and inter-department brainstorming and organization meetings and learn the structural, strategic, and operational decisions at play in a contemporary art institution. Specific responsibilities for Spring 2019 (January-May, with the potential to start sooner) will tentatively include, but are not limited to, work on research, logistical planning, and implementation assistance for current and upcoming exhibitions; conducting a variety of research pertaining to works in the permanent collection; work on upcoming Sculpture Park installations and related projects, and any administrative assistance required in the department.

The curatorial staff at deCordova seeks a self-motivated art history graduate student or upper level undergraduate with specific interest in contemporary art and future career goals to work as a curator in a contemporary art museum. Applicants should have strong organizational abilities and computer skills, including literacy in Microsoft Office and Adobe. Prospective applicants should be aware that the Curatorial Internship is an unpaid, volunteer position. Because public transportation does not service deCordova and interns help with errand running, a car is a must. The Curatorial Intern must commit to a minimum of two, eight-hour days per week for the agreed upon duration of the internship, which typically lasts four months. The Intern may occasionally be asked to assist with programs occurring on Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
How To Apply:
Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (between 5-15 pages) by email to Elizabeth Upenieks ( by December 2nd, 2018. For general information about deCordova, upcoming programming and exhibitions, and future events please
Apply by:
December 02, 2018
About this Organization:

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is a vibrant and engaging institution located in the Boston, Massachusetts suburb of Lincoln. Its mission is to connect audiences to contemporary art, with an emphasis on sculpture, through exhibitions, learning opportunities, the collection and its unique park setting. Founded in 1950 on the 30-acre former estate of Julian deCordova (1851-1945), deCordova has grown from a local collection to a dynamic contemporary art institution that attracts over 80,000 visitors each year and is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative programming. To learn more about deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, please visit our website at