The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens 


San Marino, California

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Julia Cury '19

Organization Description
The Huntington is a collections-based research and educational institution. Comprised of an unparalleled combination of library, art museum and botanical gardens, it is one of the major repositories of western civilization’s cultural heritage. The grounds cover 207 acres. Approximately 600,000 people visit each year, not including the 1,500 scholars that pursue research in the library and galleries annually.

The Huntington’s Art Collections focus on European art from the 15th to early 20th century and American art from the late 17th to mid-20th century. The collections continue to grow through an active acquisitions program. The European permanent collection is displayed in the 1914 Beaux-Arts mansion that was once the Huntingtons’ private residence. American art is on view in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, galleries which have recently undergone an extensive expansion. Focused rotating exhibitions appear in both the Huntington Art Gallery and the Scott Galleries. The Mary Lou and George Boone Gallery features larger special exhibits from each of the Huntington’s divisions, as well as international loan exhibitions.

Internship Description
The Art Collections’ internship program introduces college students to museum work in the areas of curatorial, exhibitions, and collections management. This introduction enables aspiring museum professionals to understand the scope of the work available in the museum field, gaining practical skills and applicable knowledge. In turn, the intern provides invaluable assistance to staff on a variety of ongoing and short term projects. The internship workflow balances object-based research, direct engagement with works of art, and administrative duties. 

During Summer 2018, subject to departmental needs and the field of interest of the successful applicant, the internship may include some or all of the following projects: the European art department of The Huntington’s Art Collections will involve the intern in gathering information for forthcoming exhibitions. Other projects, depending on the intern's interests, might include curating a small exhibition in the mansion's Works on Paper Room, assisting in the development of a Focus Gallery display, and working with our Preservation department to improve the housing of our important works on paper. The intern would also be involved in adding relevant material, such as new bibliography and comparative objects, to individual object files. 

In the American art department, possible assignments include assisting the curators of American art with preparing exhibition records for the institutional archives, helping to draft didactic and educational materials for upcoming exhibitions, and working with the Associate Curator of American Art on object-based research projects. 

The Registrar of the Permanent Collection will work with the intern on a variety of collections management projects, including, inventory, cataloguing and re-housing of sections of The Huntington’s works on paper collection. These projects, through direct engagement with the art objects, provide the intern with a basic introduction to cataloging and object handling.  

Other assignments may include assisting the exhibitions staff with preparation and installation of art objects in the galleries, either for temporary display or within the permanent collection.  The intern may also assist the Director’s Office with the organization of institutional donor cultivation events.

Internship Qualifications
The intern should have a background in a relevant discipline, such as art history, history or fine art. 

A successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to research independently. 

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
June - August

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
We will assist the Intern in finding housing in the area; our institution maintains a list of short-term housing available for Huntington scholars.  Many PICS interns have found housing this way.

A background check is required.

Evaluation Excerpt

It was important to realize that everything I was doing for the art museum was ultimately about visitors' experience. I have learned that I love to think about art museums as a destination, and that I think the most important part of an art museum is its broader impact on a community as well as the art historical world.
—Julia Cury '19


To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program