Student Employment and Professional Development
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. Students
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 are hired as positions become available throughout
the year. Job postings will be advertised on the gallery's
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 Lissa Cramer,
Voice Your Vision! Exhibition Tour Guides
number of students are chosen to become volunteer Gallery Guides, who
lead discussion-based tours of the Gallery's exhibitions. This excellent
professional development opportunity offers training and experience
implementing Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) methodology and other
inquiry-based pedagogies, with an emphasis on "directed," "looking"
and visual literacy through first-hand encounters with works of art.
Guided tours are available by appointment to university classes and
outside school groups, and on designated dates to the public.
Learn more about the Voice Your Vision!
For more information, contact Liz Canter,
Gallery Educator & Academic Programs Coordinator.
Tufts Art Gallery Student Society (TAGSS)
TAGSS offers a mix of art and professional development
opportunities. Group activities include hands-on workshops,
field trips to local galleries and artists' studios, and hearing
from local museum professionals. We will take a look behind the
scenes of the art world to learn how artists and organizations
operate. TAGSS meets 3-4 times per year and work closely with
Art Gallery staff. If you are interested in becoming a member of
TAGSS, please send an email to
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