Student Employment and Professional Development
Students are a vital part of the Tufts University Art Gallery's
staffing. Several paid and volunteer opportunities for both
undergraduate and graduate students exist to get involved and are
open to any student, regardless of major. Work-study students are
given preference, whenever feasible. Student interested in working
in the museum field, or the art world more broadly speaking, receive
excellent professional development experience during their
involvement at the Tufts University Art Gallery.
be involved in one or more of the following opportunities:
Visitor Services Ambassadors
The Tufts University Art Gallery trains and employs
approximately 15 students who constitute the "face" of
the Gallery; they welcome visitors, staff the front desk,
conduct visitor surveys, help facilitate events and receptions,
and learn about museum administration.
Visitor Services Ambassadors also lead conversational group
tours of the Gallery's exhibitions as part of our Voice Your Vision!
program. This excellent professional development opportunity
offers training and experience implementing Visual Thinking
Strategies (VTS) methodology, with an emphasis on "directed looking"
and visual literacy through first-hand encounters with original
works of art. Guided tours are available to classes and other
school groups by appointment and on designated dates to the public.
Visitor Services Ambassadors are hired in March and December of each year.
For more information about the Visitor Services Ambassadors
or to inquire about openings, contact
Lissa Cramer, Exhibitions Coordinator.
Graduate Curatorial Assistant
Each year one M.A. student in art history is selected to
work as paid graduate curatorial assistant at the Tufts University
Art Gallery. Responsibilities include: exhibition and interpretive
planning, curatorial research, cataloging the University's permanent
art collection, exhibition installation assistance, and, when appropriate,
co-curating an exhibition with the Gallery Director. Preference is given
to candidates with work experience in the museum or commercial art
world and an interest in and/or experience with contemporary art.
Graduate assistantships run from September to August. Interviews are
conducted the last week of August. To apply, send a letter of
interest and résumé in August
to the Amy Schlegel,
Director of Galleries and Collections.
Voice Your Vision! Exhibition Tour Guides
A select number of students are chosen to become Gallery Guides
and to lead conversational group tours of the Gallery's exhibitions.
This excellent professional development opportunity offers training
and experience implementing Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)
methodology, with an emphasis on "directed," "looking" and visual
literacy through first-hand encounters with works of art. Guided
tours are available to classes and other school groups by
appointment and on designated dates to the public. The program is
coordinated by a veteran guide, under the Gallery Director's
supervision. Learn more about the
Voice Your Vision! Program >
For more information, contact Dorothée Perin, Guided Tour Program Coordinator.
Student Advocacy Council (undergraduate and graduate students)
Highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students interested
in the Gallery's mission serve as campus-wide "ambassadors" on its
Student Advocacy Council. Members plan parties to encourage
student visitation to the Gallery, liaise with student groups and
clubs to increase awareness, participate in exhibition experience
evaluation, and partner with gallery staff on social media outreach.
Art Collection Management Internship
The Gallery periodically hosts a Tufts Museum Studies Program
Intern during the summer months to assist the Collection Registrar
with ongoing activities as well as special projects, grant-funded
projects, inventorying the University's permanent art collection,
and installing works of art on campus through the Circulating Loan
Program. To inquire about opportunities, please contact