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Bartels Art Museum Scholar Academic-Year Internships

Through the generosity of Nancy Horton Bartels and her late husband, Henry E. Bartels, the YCBA offers academic-year internships to Yale undergraduates. These internships are intended to introduce students to museum operations and best practices.

About the YCBA

The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) is the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The YCBA’s collections of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper (which include archives, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, prints, and rare books) present the story of British art and culture, and its global contexts, from the fifteenth century to today. An extensive reference library is available to the staff and public to support research on British art, the collections, and their histories. The YCBA’s exhibition of the permanent collection provides an overview of British art, culture, and history over six centuries. It is the subject of research by graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral associates, and visiting scholars. Special exhibitions also take place on a rotating basis.


All current Yale undergraduates are eligible to apply. Graduating seniors are not eligible for academic year internships after graduation. Academic-year interns must be available to work ten hours a week. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background and credit check.

Required Skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent computer skills. Proficiency in MS Office programs, particularly Word and Excel, is preferred.
  • High level of discretion and confidentiality in handling museum information.

To Apply

Please submit your application on this page. Applications are due Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 11:59 pm ET.

Academic Year 2023–24 Bartels Internships


The YCBA Archives is the official repository for all historical documentation of the museum, recording its development from its inception in the mid-1960s to the present. The Chief Archivist seeks an academic-year intern with a background in art history or architecture and an interest in archival work to assist with the arrangement and description of the YCBA’s historical records, both paper and electronic. The intern will also carry out research on the museum’s archival collections in support of provenance research and inquiries regarding the museum’s past exhibitions, programs, and publications. This internship provides significant opportunities for focused projects based on the intern’s interests and is ideal for students interested in the history of British art, the history of cultural institutions, or museum studies.

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