Italian Australian Foundation Internship Program at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

This scholarship, worth $8000, supports graduate coursework or research students of Italian descent, who are residing in Australia, to travel to Venice, Italy, to participate in an internship program at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection during one of the following time periods: September to October OR November to December. The museum offers an internship program for 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 immerses interns in the cultural life 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.

Applications open

2 Mar 2020

Applications closed

25 May 2020

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $8,000

Applicable study areas

Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Language, literature and cultural studies; Performing and visual arts, theatre, film and television

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Tessa Occhino
    "The new skills I have developed, and the experiences I have had at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection helped build my confidence in practicing museology. The wide range of roles I undertook at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection included interacting with the public, giving talks and tours, working with other museum professionals and teaching what I had learnt to new interns. The experience has helped make me a more well-rounded individual ready to work in a museum environment."
    - Tessa Occhino
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be of Italian descent
    • have completed, at a high level of achievement, a tertiary course which has led 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 (you must be available to return to the University within 3 months of completing the internship to deliver a seminar on your experience)
    • For more information see:

      FAQ's for applicants and new interns

      Internship Program at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
      (3.09Mb pdf)

      The Peggy Guggenheim Internship booklet

      Successful recipients must:

      • accept the award online within 21 days
      • be responsible for making their own travel arrangements
      • complete the internship in the nominated year - the internship cannot be deferred beyond the stipulated period
      • acknowledge the Italian Australian Foundation 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)

    Selection criteria

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

    Applications are to be made online.

    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 which requires a 300-500 word statement of motivation and the documents uploaded as outlined below:

    • A curriculum vitae, including present position. No more than two pages.
    • Current statement of results/academic transcript from the University of Melbourne plus any other university transcripts
    • Two academic references
    • Proof of Italian descent
    • Proof of Italian language knowledge and experience (if this isn't evident in your academic transcript)
    • Any other information to support your application that may assist the committee in making its decision
  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 8-10 weeks of the closing date. The intern should take place between September to October OR November to December.

  • About the donor

    Italian Australian Foundation

    The Italian  Australian Foundation endeavours to improve the life opportunities for persons of Italian origin and descent through the delivery of services to the frail and elderly and by providing opportunities for students and practitioners to undertake professional development. In keeping with a key objective of the Italian Australian Foundation to “provide services for disadvantaged persons of Italian descent resident in Australia who would not otherwise have access to those services,” the Italian Australian Foundation has commenced a broad program of fellowships and bursaries designed to provide opportunities to students and practitioners to undertake further studies, skills specialisation and vocational training.

What are the benefits?


    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.


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