On December 6, the Winterthur Galleries will close to the public at 4:00 pm.

Volunteer Internships

Winterthur offers curriculum-based, staff-level internships to qualified college students, recent graduates, and graduate students. These internships are intensive educational and professional experiences that often offer academic credit. Interns work with professionals to develop job skills as well as to discover the inner workings of a major decorative arts institution.

The following descriptions are designed to give a general overview of what an intern may experience in certain divisions and departments. The actual work that an intern completes may vary from the description below according to the needs of the museum and the requirements of the intern.


Interns have gained valuable experience in the following areas:

Conservation:  Internships are occasionally available for those preparing to enter a graduate program in art conservation. Candidate should have excellent hand skills and a chemistry background. Projects will be assigned as needed by conservation staff. Internships are available on a limited basis according to departmental need.

Curatorial:  Interns assist the curatorial staff. Projects may include identifying and cataloguing collection objects, working with our collection inventory database, and assisting with curatorial projects. Candidates should be detail-oriented and have excellent computer skills and an art history background. Internships are available on a limited basis according to departmental need.

Information Systems:
  Interns assist information systems staff support the basic upkeep of the PC infrastructure at Winterthur. Projects will be assigned as needed. Proficiency in computer programming and/or computer design is necessary.

  College undergraduate and graduate student interns participate in a variety of departmental activities which may include inventory, object marking, electronic and paper records maintenance, condition reporting, and art handling. Please contact the Registrar's Office for information regarding current opportunities and application deadlines.


Visitor Services:  Summer intern will work with visitor services personnel to understand the behind-the-scenes preparation for a visitor’s experience at Winterthur. He/she will be exposed to the training process for interpreters and will trail several tours. Each intern will get an introduction to operations and processes of the Visitors Services Department, Volunteer Services Department, and some front-line work with visitors.


How to Apply

To apply please send your resume and a detailed cover letter indicating your specific interest in interning at Winterthur to the address listed below.

Tricia Davies
Volunteer Manager
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Winterthur, DE 19735

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