The Zimmerli Art Museum offers internships for academic credit to undergraduate and graduate students at Rutgers University, as well as two Mellon funded summer paid internships to graduate students enrolled in the Department of Art History. Under the supervision of a department head or curator, interns gain firsthand museum experience by assisting with regular departmental activities that range from routine administrative and clerical tasks to research and special projects.

Undergraduate Internship Program

The Zimmerli offers up to four undergraduate unpaid internships for credit during the fall and spring semesters.  The academic-year internship program offers part-time internships (10 to 12 hours a week) that are restricted to Rutgers University students. The ten-week program is structured to give interns an understanding of the university art museum as a place of research, collection management, education, and outreach. Interns may have the opportunity to work in the following departments: curatorial, registrar's office, education, development, communications, community relations, retail operations, and business office. Interns are placed on the basis of their academic training, experience, and interests, as well as departmental availability (not all departments accept interns every semester).

Graduate Internship Program

The Zimmerli offers highly competitive internships for academic credit to graduate students in art history and other disciplines. These internships focus on American and European art housed in the Morse Center, American paintings and sculpture, and the office of the registrar. Graduate interns work 10 to 12 hours a week for ten weeks and are instructed in the proper techniques for handling art work, researching and cataloguing collections, and organizing exhibitions and programs. Preference is given to graduate students enrolled in the Curatorial Studies Certificate Program administered by the Department of Art History at Rutgers. 

Andrew W. Mellon Summer Interns  

Funded by a recent grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the museum offered two eight-week, full-time summer internships for graduate students enrolled in the Department of Art History at Rutgers through 2016. Mellon Summer Interns are paid a competitive hourly rate and work on special projects during the months of July and August. Applicants are nominated by art history faculty and interviewed by a committee of senior museum staff. Nominated applicants should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Donna Gustafson. (Please note: This grant-funded program concluded in 2016.) 


Internships are limited to Rutgers students. Undergraduate students from any department at Rutgers and graduate students who have completed their first year in a Master's or Ph.D program in art history, archaeology, or related field, are eligible to apply. Priority is given to graduate students in art history who are enrolled in the Curatorial Sudies Certificate Program.


The internship program is scheduled in accordance with the academic calendar at Rutgers and runs from September through December; January through May; and July through August.

How to apply

Before submitting an application, please review carefully the instructions below. Mellon Summer interns must apply through the Department of Art History. Applications for the fall semester are due April 1; spring semester applications are due November 1. Applications are not accepted after the deadline and must be complete to be considered.

Electronic submissions are preferred and should be emailed to

Hard copy applications are accepted and should be mailed to:

Zimmerli Internship Program
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Applications must include the following materials:

A personal statement describing your specific interest in the internship program and how a museum internship relates to your larger educational and career goals. If you are interested in curatorial work, please indicate a specific curatorial field (American art, European art, Russian and Soviet art, modern and contemporary art, prints and drawings, or photography) and describe your experience in the field, including any relevant coursework and languages.

C.V. or Resume

A letter of recommendation from your academic advisor or department chair who will arrange for you to receive credit for your internship. If sent via email, please ask your referee to include your name in the subject line of the email.

All applicants are notified via email when the complete application is received; selected applicants are contacted for interviews. All applicants are notified of their status no later than two weeks after the close of the applications. Accepted interns are required to participate in an orientation program during their first week at the museum.

The summer internship program is made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.