Graduate Curatorial Internship

The Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative is calling for applications from graduate students at UVA to intern at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection during Summer 2017. The successful applicant will gain valuable experience in all areas of curatorial endeavor, including collection management, exhibition design, education and marketing, while gaining important experience mentoring undergraduate students.


The Graduate Curatorial Intern will work closely with the Curator of Indigenous Arts of Australia at the Kluge-Ruhe to deliver the Mellon Summer Curatorial Research Project. This eight-week program, a collaboration between The Fralin Museum of Art and the Kluge-Ruhe, is for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors from groups traditionally underrepresented in humanities and social sciences with an interest in museum studies.

Responsibilities: Assist the Curator of Indigenous Arts of Australia in

  • directing undergraduate research,
  • overseeing the undergraduate student’s delivery of an exhibition project including exhibition texts and labels, catalogue essays and education materials, and
  • assist with workshops and field trips. (Note, it is preferred, but not required, that applicants have a valid driver’s license.)

Internship Dates: May 29—August 1, 2017

Work Load/Schedule: 200 hours, with precise schedule to be devised in advance by the Curator of Indigenous Arts of Australia.

Compensation: $3,500


Applicants should submit a letter of interest of no more than two pages, outlining their suitability for this position, with a signature endorsement from their advisor. 

Send applications to Amanda Wagstaff,

Deadline is March 31st, 2017.