College and University Students
The Museum invites undergraduate and graduate students to apply for its volunteer public-tour program, Art Shots. Selected students participate in an intensive training in public speaking, gallery teaching, and the collection. Gallery lecturers engage the public in discussions about works of art and ideas of their choosing, and serve on a student advisory council.
RISD HAVC Museum Fellows
In collaboration RISD’s department of History of Art and Visual Culture, the Museum offers selected art-history concentrators an opportunity to earn HAVC credit working for a semester in a curatorial department or with the Museum’s conservator, depending on departmental needs. This program, administered by HAVC, allows students to learn firsthand about the behind-the-scenes activities in the Museum. Click here for more info.
RISD Graduate Research Assistantships in the RISD Museum
The Museum participates in RISD’s Graduate Studies Research Assistantship program, allowing selected graduate students to work in the Museum for the academic year. Openings vary and usually range from curatorial to museum education, installation, and graphic design, providing students insight into potential career paths in museums. Graduate Studies administers the program.
Create site-specific installations in the RISD Museum. This juried competition for RISD degree candidates encourages students to explore and celebrate the Museum’s buildings and collection through works that engage the public. The Sitings award includes an honorarium and implementation funds. Awarded artists work with staff to realize the exhibition of their proposed work. Submissions are due in October and winning proposals are on view during the spring term. Funded by the Artist’s Development Fund of the Rhode Island Foundation. For more information, contact Academic Programs.
Summer Internship Program
The RISD Museum’s paid summer internships offer undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain professional experience. Working within one of the Museum’s departments, interns receive an honorarium and contribute to timely projects to learn about the various activities that take place in the Museum. Participants are encouraged to arrange for academic credit at their home institutions. Applications are due February 28. Download the 2014 guidelines for full descriptions of each position and more information.
Applications are no longer being accepted for Summer 2014.
Various departments in the Museum have work/study opportunities for RISD students. For more information, contact Academic Programs.
College and University Faculty
Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowships
Together with RISD Academic Affairs, the Museum offers interested RISD faculty a limited number of two-year fellowships as residents in a curatorial department. The fellowships provide faculty members across disciplines the opportunity for in-depth research in the collection to enhance their work and teaching practices. They also provide an avenue for engaging in the day-to-day life of the Museum, including working with fellow faculty to select objects for classes and with students, faculty, and the general public to facilitate object-based learning. For information about these fellowships, please visit RISD Academic Affairs.
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RISD College and Museum offer a supportive, collegial, and inclusive work environment and a competitive benefits package. For more info, visit the RISD Human Resources website.
The RISD Museum docents provide rewarding learning experiences for Museum visitors of all ages. By engaging visitors in close looking and discussion, docents encourage them to find meaning and pleasure in works of art and design from ancient times to the present day. This volunteer group attends weekly trainings and collaborates with staff, community-based teachers, and other docents to support the RISD Museum’s mission and the Education Department’s interpretive goals.
The Museum does not have plans to take on new docents in the foreseeable future. Interested parties may provide their name, phone, email, and any previous experience, which we are happy to keep on file for future reference. Our Special Events Department has more frequent volunteer opportunities; those interested in volunteering at public and private Museum events may contact the Manager of Special Events.