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. The Trust encourages projects that advance diversity in the study of American decorative arts.


Details and Deadlines

We currently offer two 24-month internships with one grant cycle opening per year. While the host organization need not be in the United States, the intern must be a United States citizen.

For 2020, the Trust is offering a two-year challenge grant with $30,000 available per year. The Trust asks that applicants include details of how they plan to raise the $10,000 matching funding for the intern’s salary per year. Institutions are permitted to allocate general operating funds to meet the match or to seek directed gifts in support of the position. Partners are required to report the source of the funding at the conclusion of each year. The Trust expects organizations to allocate additional funds toward health insurance for the intern.

Potential museum and historical society collaborators should apply by September 30. The application packet must consist of a formal letter of interest describing the nature of the project(s) in which the intern will be involved during the two-year period and identifying the staff member who will supervise and mentor the intern; a statement of how the institution plans to raise the matching funding over two years; the supervisor’s CV; and pertinent background information about particular initiatives, exhibitions, or research related to the intern’s planned projects. Images and a draft of a job description are strongly encouraged. Please note that mentorship is a significant consideration in this program. The Trust’s selection will be announced by October 31, with grant funds available as early as January 1 of the following year.

Podcast about the Creation of the Program

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.


Read about the impact of the internship experience here.


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