Jobs & Internships


Position: Curatorial Assistant
Department: Exhibitions
Supervisor: Curator

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and provide administrative assistance with curatorial aspects of select exhibitions
  • Assist with research for exhibitions and loans
  • Draft and edit proposals, checklists, and marketing materials in consultation with Curators
  • Coordinate the distribution, review, and edits of didactic texts
  • Draft guest curator and author contracts
  • Update exhibition budgets
  • Assist Curators with developing lists of prospective museums for exhibition tours
  • Work with Registrarial Department on logistics relating to exhibition tours
  • Liaise with curatorial staff at presenting museums
  • Perform administrative tasks such as drafting correspondence, creating and tracking timelines, updating calendars, and responding to queries
  • Input, edit, and update various lists and forms in the exhibitions database (checklists, lender lists, etc.)
  • Work with Publications Department to secure rights and reproduction permissions and other materials for exhibition publications and educational materials
  • Provide assistance for curatorial, exhibitions committee, and other meetings, including set up and taking minutes
  • Assist with Special Projects including Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Prize
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Art History or similar field from accredited educational institution required.
  • 1- 3 years of experience in an art museum setting either in the Education or Curatorial department
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize workload and handle many tasks simultaneously and keen attention to detail
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, Filemaker (or other database management software), PowerPoint
  • Strong team-player

Salary Range: High 30’s with comprehensive (fully funded) benefits package

To apply: Submit cover letter and resume to by September 16, 2019

Fall 2019 Curatorial Internships
The American Federation of Arts (AFA) is currently accepting fall 2019 curatorial intern applications for the exhibitions department.  The curatorial staff at the AFA organize and manage fine art exhibitions that tour to museums across the United States and abroad. The department’s responsibilities include: initiating exhibition projects; liaising with co-organizing and presenting institutions; working closely with guest curators to shape exhibitions and realize loans; placement of exhibitions at host museums; collaborating with publications, development, communications, and other AFA departments. Curatorial interns will have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of traveling art exhibitions and be provided training through the mentorship of the curatorial team. There will be a modest stipend offered and academic credit is available.  Intern hours are usually 10-20 hours per week, and the exact schedule will be determined based on candidate availability.

Qualified candidates must be currently enrolled in an academic institution and major in Art History, Museum Studies, or related disciplines and/or have demonstrated interest or skills in these disciplines. Excellent written and oral communications skills are required, along with superb research and organizational skills, and proven ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work independently. Candidates must have computer literacy in Word and Excel; familiarity with FileMaker and/or TMS is preferred.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (2-4 pages from an academic paper are acceptable) by September 9, 2019 to:


The American Federation of Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The AFA does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.