Intern at the Wattis
Being an intern at the Wattis is an opportunity to experience a contemporary arts institution firsthand.

Administrative & General Exhibition Internship:

There is no set application deadline for an internship, and inquiries are welcome throughout the year. We offer internships roughly coinciding with each academic term (January to May and September to December) and over the summer (June through August). The internships are designed to cover a three-month period, with a minimum commitment of three days per week. Internships are unpaid and no stipends are available, although academic credit may be an alternative option.

Curatorial & Exhibition Management Internship:

The Wattis Institute is looking for an intern to work on the group exhibition Mechanisms, which opens in October 2017. Mechanisms is an exhibition about mechanisms, in the many senses of the word. A mechanism can be a tool, a machine, a circuit, but it can also be a function, a system, or an administrative infrastructure—it exists somewhere between an object and a concept. The twenty international artists in this exhibition make, disrupt, or invent mechanisms, and complicate the determinations they make on everyday life. These artists contest a world where social, political, and economic demands reward efficiency, speed, and productivity. Their works test existing systems with inefficient machines, impossible tools, wasted time, and elaborate protocols that misalign outputs from their inputs. The exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication.

The ideal intern will be excited about this exhibition and contemporary art, and will be interested in learning all aspects of the curatorial process. S/he will have excellent research and writing skills, a keen attention to detail, and the ability to work independently. In addition to assisting with research, the intern will also help with tasks related to the coordination of a large-scale exhibition, such as arranging shipment of artworks, making travel arrangements for artists, designing wall labels, and processing receipts. The intern will also work on aspects of the catalogue, including securing image rights and compiling information. S/he may also be asked to do tasks related to daily operations, such as mailing packages and packing artwork, when necessary.

S/he will be able to commit to starting in May and working through mid-October for at least two days a week (with the possibility of one day during the school year). This internship is ideal for a graduate student interested in gaining experience in curating and exhibition management at a mid-level non-profit art gallery with an international reputation. The Wattis is unable to offer compensation at this time, but is happy to arrange school credit and can offer a travel and meal stipend.


If you are interested, please send your application with cover letter and résumé to Jeanne Gerrity: