deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

Date Posted:
August 06, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Curatorial Intern, Fall 2019


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 Fall 2019 (September - December, 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 two self-motivated art history graduate students or upper level undergraduates 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 Internships are unpaid, volunteer positions. Because public transportation does not service deCordova and interns help with errand running, a car is a must. The Curatorial Interns 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 Interns 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 August 26, 2019. For general information about deCordova, upcoming programming and exhibitions, and future events please visit
Apply by:
August 26, 2019
About this Organization:

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is now part of the The Trustees of Reservations, a non-profit organization that preserves for public use and enjoyment 118 properties across the state that are of exceptional scenic, historic, cultural, and ecological value.

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 and Lizzie de Cordova, 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