CURATORIAL INTERNSHIP GRANTS
The Trust underwrites curatorial internships for recent Masters or PhD graduates in partnership with museums and historical societies. Through a matching-grant program, these internships allow host organizations to hire a deserving young professional who will learn about the responsibilities and duties common to the curatorial field while working alongside a talented mentor. The Trust’s internship program seeks to provide mutually beneficial opportunities that will nurture the next generation of museum curators while providing essential staffing for the host.
We currently offer two 24-month internships with one grant cycle opening per year. Institutions seeking to apply for funding should send a letter of inquiry by January 1 of the year for which funding is desired to the firstname.lastname@example.org. The letter must describe the nature of the project(s) in which the intern will be involved during the two- year period as well as the staff member who will supervise the intern. Please include the supervisor’s CV with the letter. If the intern’s planned projects are related to particular initiatives, exhibitions, or research projects, please also enclose pertinent background information on those objectives. This is a challenge grant at $12,500 per year, and the Trust asks that applicants include details of how they plan to raise $25,000 in matching funding over two years.
Past recipients of the Curatorial Internship Grant are:
- 2010-11: Sarah Parks, Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket, MA
- 2011-12: Louisa Brouwer, Fairfax House, York, England
- 2012-13: Anne McBride, Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA
- 2013-14: Kate Swisher, Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA
- 2014-16: Caryne Eskridge, Classical Institute of the South, New Orleans, LA
- 2015-17: Maureen Marton, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY
- 2016-18: Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, MA
- 2017-19: Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD
Podcast with former Trust intern Sarah Parks
Listen to a podcast with 2010-2011 Trust intern Sarah Parks and Trust Governor Brock Jobe about the creation of the Curatorial Internship Grant program.