Students are a vital part of the Tufts University Art Galleries' staffing. Several paid and volunteer opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students exist at both our Medford and Boston locations to get involved and are open to any student, regardless of major. Work study students are given preference, whenever feasible. Students interested in working in the museum field, or the art world more broadly speaking, receive excellent professional development experience.
The Tufts University Art Gallery trains and employs approximately 15 students who constitute the "face" of the Gallery; they welcome visitors, staff the front desk, conduct visitor surveys, help facilitate events and receptions, and learn about museum administration.Gallery Attendants are hired before each semester around August and November. Job postings will be advertised on the gallery's Facebook page. For more information about positions in Medford at Aidekman Arts Center contact Josh Fischer and for positions at SMFA at Tufts Boston, contact Kaitlyn Clark.
The Art Galleries offer up to three one-year Fellowship opportunity to current graduate students in the History of Art, Museum Studies or Master of Fine Arts programs. Fellows develop research and writing for upcoming exhibitions, catalogue and update the Permanent Collection database, and work with visiting artists. Fellowships begin each September and conclude in August of the following year. Please send inquiries and applications to Kaelynn Maloney.
Research, Internships and Student Projects
We strive to be a resource to students on campus and to provide practical hands-on experience whenever possible. Opportunities for students to engage in paper or thesis research, capstone projects, teaching, curation, and other academic endeavors are available and evaluated on a case by case basis. Contact Liz Canter, Manager of Academic Programs to discuss your idea. The Gallery periodically hosts a Tufts Museum Studies Program Intern during the summer months to assist the Collection Registrar with ongoing activities as well as special projects, grant-funded projects, inventorying the University's permanent art collection, and installing works of art on campus through the Circulating Loan Program. To inquire about opportunities, please contact Senior Collection Registrar, Laura McDonald.