Italian Australian Foundation Peggy Guggenheim Internship

26th Feb 2018
7th May 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 (via the link below - do send applications to the Peggy Guggenheim museum) 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. All students residing in Australia and studying at the University of Melbourne who fit the eligibility criteria are invited and encouraged to apply for this prestigious internship. Preference may be given to applicants who are of Italian descent* as specified by the donor whose focus is to support students of Italian descent residing in Australia.

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.


Approximately $8,000

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 which has led them to post graduate study
  • at the time of application, hold candidature for a postgraduate qualification at the University of Melbourne and have maintained satisfactory progress since commencement (if you are no longer enrolled at the University during your internship, then you must be available to return to the University within 3 months of completing the internship to deliver a seminar on your experience)
  • be conversationally competent in Italian
  • be residing in Australia

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

For more information see:


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 at the University of Melbourne 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. We advise that you consult with your supervisor regarding your intention to apply, your travel dates and absence from the University.

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. Proof of Italian descent, if applicable
  5. Any other information to support your application that may assist the committee in making its decision.