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Marylyn Mayo had lifelong interests in education, law and the visual arts. She collected the work of Australian and New Zealand artists and enjoyed visiting art galleries, particularly Auckland Art Gallery.

After her death in 2002, the Marylyn Mayo Foundation was established by her husband for the benefit of a number of causes. These are cancer research; The University of Auckland Law School for legal research, the Marylyn Mayo Rare Book Room, named in her memory at the Davis Law Library; the Auckland Art Gallery Marylyn Mayo Internships and Reading Room, a scholarly arts journal, to encourage training and research for the advancement and wider appreciation of visual arts.

As a result of this generosity, we're pleased to offer opportunities for internships at Auckland Art Gallery that develop the skills of people wishing to pursue a career in art galleries and art museums.

The Marylyn Mayo Internships at the Gallery offer training and work experience for a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of three months full-time, or for a longer time, to be negotiated, on a part-time basis to:

  • postgraduate or recent graduate students who intend to pursue a career in art galleries in the areas of care and management of collections, or the presentation, interpretation and communication of the visual arts
  • people currently employed in an art gallery or museum, or who have had some relevant experience and have an ongoing commitment to working in this area.

Specific internships are offered at the Gallery each year in particular areas, such as curatorial, education, public programmes, print and electronic publications, communications, research library, audience research and development, conservation, collection management, exhibitions management, imaging, design and exhibitions preparatory work.

In 2017/18 one or two internships may be offered for one, or both of the following projects:

  • Development of the Frances Hodgkins online catalogue raisonné (6 weeks)
    The Marylyn Mayo Internship will contribute to a larger project on Frances Hodgkins comprising a touring exhibition of Hodgkins artworks; a major new monograph examining the importance of locality in her work; and an online catalogue raisonné. The intern will be part of a team creating the most complete database of Hodgkins’ work available and a research repository of national and international significance. This project involves gaining an understanding of how to develop a catalogue raisonné, working with the Gallery’s Registration and Research Library teams to create full and accurate records of works by Frances Hodgkins on the Gallery’s collection database and preparing this for the online catalogue raisonné.
  • Conservation treatment and display solution for 13 painted glass windows from the Chapel of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, 1966 by Colin McCahon. (12 weeks)
    In 1965, Colin McCahon was commissioned to paint the clerestory windows of the Chapel of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, Remuera, The windows were removed when the chapel was deconsecrated and the building sold. A selection of the panes were subsequently gifted to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.  These panes were, and have remained, in a deteriorated state.  The project will involve assisting the Objects Conservator in the treatment to stabilise the paint layers; investigating possible display solutions to minimise the visual disruption of the images due to their paint loss; and to help devise a display solution to support the works in an exhibition space.

The intern/s will be selected on the basis of the merit of the applicant and their suitability for the project. 


Interns must be eligible to work in New Zealand and preference will be given to applicants who:

  • currently are enrolled in a post graduate programme leading to an advanced degree in an area relevant to the internship for which they are applying, or
  • recently have completed a relevant post graduate degree, or
  • have experience working in an art gallery or art museum.

Note that the successful applicant/s will be required to complete pre-employment screening including a security clearance form.

  • Interviews for the 2017/18 Marylyn Mayo Internship/s will take place in November 2017. 
  • The Internship/s will take place at Auckland Art Gallery between January and June 2018 at a time to be agreed, on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • The intern/s will be responsible for all their living and transport costs. Financial assistance is available in the form of a taxable stipend and payable on a fortnightly basis. The intern/s will be on a fixed-term employment agreement.  

Application deadline

The closing date for applications is 6 October 2017 at 10.30pm.


Applicants will be notified of the Auckland Art Gallery decision in mid November 2017.

How to apply

Apply online through the Careers section of the Auckland Council website.


Applications should include:

  • A covering letter explaining why the applicant wishes to undertake the internship
  • A current CV – including work experience and a list of academic or relevant courses undertaken, including results, qualifications
  • The names and contact details for two referees