Italian Australian Foundation Peggy Guggenheim Internship

26th Feb 2018
9th Apr 2018
Study level
Graduate coursework, Graduate research
Enrolment status
Current student
University Trust Record


Study Area

Art History and Art Curatorship, Arts and Cultural Management, Italian studies, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics


Through the support of the Italian Australian Foundation, the Faculty of Arts seeks applications from postgraduate students of the University of Melbourne for the Peggy Guggenheim Internship to be held for two months by the successful candidate during one of the following time periods: September to October 2018 OR November to December 2018. Preference will be given to applicants who are Australian citizens of Italian descent* as specified by the donor whose focus is to advance the education of Australian residents who are of Italian descent. However, all Australian residents or citizens who fit the eligibility criteria are invited and encouraged to apply or this prestigious internship.

The Internship provides postgraduate students with financial assistance to travel to Venice, Italy to participate in an internship program working in the museum of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection at the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation (the Foundation).

The museum offers an internship program for Italian and international students who study art, art history or related disciplines who are interested in gaining first-hand experience of how a museum is run. The program is a learning experience for all who take part, immersing interns in the cultural life of the city of Venice, allowing them to gain practical experience of museum operations and familiarity with an important collection of modern art. Activities include managing the galleries during opening hours to the public, assisting visitors, staffing the ticket office, cloakroom and other visitor facilities, supporting the museum office staff in various departments and participation in the educational activities of the museum, including presentations to the public, guided tours and workshops with children. The program includes educational activities such as seminars, conferences, educational trips and guided tours for interns.

* Italian descent is defined as being able to trace Italian ancestry within three generations on at least one side of the family.



PLEASE NOTE: this is the total amount of the scholarship. The University pays the internship fee directly to the museum from this amount (2,500 Euros). The amount received by the recipient, dependent on current exchange rate, is to be used for airfares and living expenses while undertaking the internship.

The successful candidate will also receive a stipend of 800 Euros per month from the Museum.


To meet the eligibility requirements for the Internship, students must:

  • have completed, at a high level of achievement, a tertiary course that is at least equivalent to an Australian four‐year honours degree
  • hold candidature for a postgraduate qualification at the University of Melbourne and have maintained satisfactory progress since commencement
  • be conversationally competent in Italian
  • be an Australian resident or citizen

Preference will be given to applicants in their early postgraduate years and to those who have an interest in Italian art.

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Recipients are required to:

  • accept the award online within 21 days
  • be responsible for making their own travel arrangements
  • write two letters of appreciation to the donor/committee (upon acceptance and after completion)
  • complete the internship in the nominated year - the internship cannot be deferred beyond the stipulated period
  • acknowledge the Italian Australian Foundation (the donor) in any publication, advertisement, lecture, seminar, workshop, performance or exhibition issuing from the Internship
  • submit a final report
  • within three months of returning from the Internship, deliver a seminar on the topic of their internship experience (this should be organised with the Head of the Art History Program)


Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 6-8 weeks after the closing date.

Application process

Do not submit your application to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Applications should be prepared by students in consultation with their postgraduate supervisor.

Eligible applicants must complete the online application form (via the link below) which requires a 300-500 word statement of motivation and the documents uploaded as outlined below:

  1. A curriculum vitae, including present position. No more than two pages.
  2. Current academic transcript from the University of Melbourne plus any other university transcripts
  3. Two academic references
  4. Copy of Australian residency or citizenship
  5. Proof of Italian descent, if applicable
  6. Any other information to support your application that may assist the committee in making its decision.