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.

Applications for the 2023 Marylyn Mayo Internship are now closed.

2023 Marylyn Mayo intern