B&E Goulandris Foundation Art Internship in Athens

Program’s identity and key information

  • Organizers:  Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, CHS Greece
  • Dates: May 24–June 29, 2020 (five weeks)
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Open to: Harvard Graduate students (one position per year)
  • Extra-curricular: Visits to CHS Greece 
  • Program Coordination: Evan Katsarelis (CHS Greece, ekatsarelis@chs.harvard.edu)
  • Application deadlines: Opens mid-January, closes early March, 2020

Interested in travelling to Greece this summer as an intern at the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation in Athens? Find information on the application procedure via the CARAT Database for Grants and Fellowships.

About the internship


The program is meant to encourage art education through an interdisciplinary approach and extend the intern’s practical knowledge of museum programming and research. Representatives from the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation will provide an in-depth induction into the modern art museum, the collection and its history. The intern is expected to gain valuable experience in the day to day running of the foundation through a strongly collaborative and hands-on approach, which will consist in conducting research while developing an educational project over a five-week period.

This summer internship program is fully supported by the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, which will cover the costs of international airfare, accommodation in Athens for the duration of the program, and a weekly stipend of 150 Euros.


The internship will focus on developing a new education-related initiative, whose result will be the establishment of either a new program, seminar, or educational space. The intern will be asked to devise the project’s concept based on an alternative interdisciplinary understanding of the visual arts, art history and theory, by using specific artworks from the collection as a starting point and a source of inspiration.

Among the intern’s responsibilities is also to formulate, through a research-based approach, an educational workshop for children or for older students, who will be invited to attend a workshop and a talk at the foundation. This event will take place on the last weekend of the internship. Lastly, the intern will gain specialized knowledge about the artworks of the Foundation’s unique collection and will have the chance to participate in existing educational programs.

Before arriving in Athens, s/he will be able to liaise with the Foundation in order to plan how to best benefit from the resources that the Foundation can provide and schedule any preliminary arrangements for the successful implementation of either an educational workshop, program or seminar. The intern is also welcomed to conduct research in the Foundation’s library which holds over 6,000 books and a wide range of catalogues, periodicals and other publications, as well as access to the online catalog and other rare publications.

For all the stages of the program the intern will be in contact with both CHS Greece and B&E Goulandris Foundation supervisors. In addition, the Foundation may organize meetings with other like-minded individuals, such as graduate students from the School of Fine Arts in Athens. The intern will also have the chance to visit Harvard’s Center in Greece, based in Nafplio, and interact with other participants from Harvard/CHS programs in Greece.

At the end of the program, the intern will submit a brief report and their project’s evaluation to B&E Goulandris Foundation and CHS.


Any Harvard graduate student from the Graduate School of Arts & Science with the following academic backgrounds and interests are eligible to apply:

  • Art History
  • Cultural/Heritage Management
  • Museum Studies
  • Digital Humanities

Strong information technology skills are beneficial to this role, and some previous experience working with databases would be considered as an advantage.

Application procedure

In order to apply, fill out the online application form found on CARAT.

All applicants are asked to upload on the application PDF copies of their most recent transcript and of their résumé. They are also asked to provide contact information of two faculty members from their academic background, who could evaluate the applicant’s plans regarding their participation in the internship program. There will be an automatically generated notification send to their references through the CARAT system that will invite them to submit their recommendations.

The CHS will contact finalists in mid-March.

About the Foundation

Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation was designed from the onset to house its collection. The collection in Athens focuses on modern and contemporary art by Greek and foreign artists, including rare works by masters of the European avant-garde as well as works by distinguished Greek modern painters and sculptors. The building’s total surface area is 7,250 square meters and consists of 11 floors, five of which are underground. The exhibition areas cover a total of five floors. The underground floors host the library, the workshop space, which accommodates educational programs and art classes for children, as well as a state-of-the-art 187-seat amphitheater which hosts several events, including lectures, conferences, screenings, performances, concerts and other artistic and scientific activities.

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