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Internship Information
Academic Year and Summer Programs

The Whitney Museum of American Art offers both academic year and summer internship programs for college students. Internships are geared toward juniors, seniors, and graduate students (no freshmen). Under the supervision of a department head or curator, interns learn about museum work and assist with regular departmental duties that range from research and special projects to administrative tasks.

Internships are an excellent opportunity for students to learn about a specific area within a  mid-sized cultural institution. Academic year interns are required to commit to a minimum of 2–3 days per week for the entire semester. The summer program is nine weeks and full-time. There is no stipend, but summer interns receive two monthly MetroCards, are eligible for regular employee discounts at the Museum restaurant and store as well as invitations to exhibition openings and free admission to most New York City museums.

Academic Internships for undergraduate and graduate students are by semester or full year. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to stating the departments you are interested in working in, the skills you bring, and how you hope to contribute to the department. There is no specific deadline for the academic year, but it is best to apply before the beginning of the semester. For details on the summer program, please refer to the information below. The deadline for submissions for the summer internship is February 1. 

Spring Internships

Draft correspondence; assist with mail distribution; maintain gallery list for Director; screen Director’s office generic email inbox; answer telephone; Place; create invoice vouchers; scan, file, print documents; Research, Raiser’s Edge updates and archiving.


    • Development Records: Learn the basics of Raiser’s Edge (RE) and master certain advanced skills. Assist with updating and maintaining The RE database; entry of donations; use of cleanup processes to maintain data integrity; update existing constituents and add new constituents as needed
    • Major Gifts: Assist with membership card mailing; prospect research (writing of thumbnails, gathering of contact information, entering to Raiser’s Edge); research event ideas and locations for patron groups and affinity committees; proposal creation for upcoming Whitney exhibitions; assist with special events (setup, check-in, logistical help as needed); organize and perform donor group mailings (solicitations, renewals, invitations); filing and cleanup of individual donor folders
    • Membership: Membership interns work with department staff on a variety of tasks, including customer service duties in person, over the phone, and over email; gift processing (including resolving problem payments and issues of donor intent); assisting in the preparation of email and print communications; assisting with event planning and execution including managing RSVPs and event check-in.
    • Special Events: Assist with a variety of tasks associated with upcoming events including donor cultivation events, curator talks and tours,and a series of spring exhibition openings. Duties include guest list and database management in addition to assisting with invitation mailings,event archiving, conducting guest list follow-up, providing on-site event assistance, and a number of administrative tasks. 

    Assist with media monitoring including filing, clipping, organizing and preparing press documents.  Assist at previews and events; assist with press clipbooks, press strategy and correspondence.

    The Curatorial Department is seeking multiple interns to help with a variety of tasks. Interns may assist with upcoming exhibitions, acquisitions, gifts, permanent collection research, exhibition and artist proposals, and general administrative duties. Demonstrated interest in art history and previous research experience.  MS Office required and The Museum System (TMS) proficiency preferred.

    • Chief Curator: Helping to prepare Curatorial Committee meetings, especially PowerPoint Presentations (PPT), which include artist research; assignments related to Painting and Sculpture Acquisition Committee meetings, which include research on artists, creating the PPTs, facilitating the process towards the meeting; logging external exhibition proposals and unsolicited artist submissions.
    • Deputy Director for International Initiatives: Assist with ongoing research for an exhibition catalogue and traveling show on Helio Oiticica; assist with preliminary research for upcoming retrospective on Andy Warhol; assist with contextual research for works coming into the collection. General administrative tasks.
    • Drawings: Assist with research and TMS entries for upcoming June Leaf exhibition; general administrative duties.
    • Film and Video: Assist with work on a large thematic show for fall 2016, including: loan requests, TMS data entry, some research and administrative assistance with the catalogue. Also assist with upcoming acquisition committee meetings.
    • Prewar: Research and administrative assistance for Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, and other potential upcoming exhibitions. Other responsibilities could include: PowerPoint presentations; scale models for exhibition installation planning, assisting with exhibition installation, conducting library research on various pre-war American artists, organizing mailings and invitation lists, and assisting with TMS data entry and research.
    • Permanent Collection: Assist with research and administrative duties for Carmen Herrera exhibition, permanent collection and potential acquisition research mainly for post-war painting and sculpture; produce reports and work in TMS (such as producing checklists and object packages), in addition to summarizing findings. Assist with managing permanent collection paperwork: organizing and filing memos to the permanent collection object files, assisting with Permanent Collection insurance value updates, and filing loan paperwork.
    • Photography: Assist with future exhibition projects, both photography and non-photography; emerging artist research; assist with Photography Acquisition Committee.
    • Prints: Assist with research for David Wojnarowicz exhibition, organize and maintain loan paperwork and image rights for the catalogue; create maquettes; assist with administrative/organizational tasks for Print Committee. Frank Stella exhibition—follow up related to the traveling of the exhibition.
    • Andy Warhol ProjectThe intern will create (photocopy and organizing) packets of material to be sent to contributing writers; coordinating mailings of said packets; corresponding with writers regarding timely receipt of materials; managing flow of information; various research projects; assisting book writers during research trips to MoMA. Filing and fielding research questions through Warhol Films email address.


    • Access and Community Programs: Assist with preparation and maintenance of exhibition-related access accommodations; assist with delivery of gallery, studio-based, and off-site educational programming for audiences with disabilities and groups from community-based organizations. Support departmental research and evaluation activities. Individuals with personal, academic, or professional experience with accessibility/disability are strongly encouraged to apply.
    • Interpretation: Assist with digital media, interpretation, and research projects including interpretive materials, audio, video, and web content; research; compiling information; archiving; writing; preparation and formatting of web content; data entry; digitizing content; photography; and video.
    • Family Programs: Assist Family Programs staff with preparations for programs by collecting and organizing art supplies and helping with administrative tasks; assisting with marketing initiatives and small-scale research projects; document programs by taking photographs and observing tours; assist staff to set up for programs and greet families at the Museum and during tours, workshops, and events. Must be available on select Saturdays (2-3 Saturdays a month) and one to two days in the office during the week.
    • Public Programs: Research, administrative assistance, and on-site facilitation for dynamic schedule of public programs in conjunction with an exhibition by the artist, filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras. Help to prepare for and execute a lively roster of programs being planned for summer 2016. Research upcoming exhibitions and related programming. Research, write, and updated content for the Public Programs landing page and website. Thursday and weekend availability preferred.
    • School Programs: Assist with a wide range of administrative duties for School and Educator Programs. Includes greeting school groups, updating mailing lists, doing research, helping order and organize art supplies, assisting with studio workshops, and other tasks.
    • Teen Programs: Assist with program preparation, and teen event support (Tuesday through Friday). Greet and escort Youth Insights to classrooms when entering the building for programs. Assist with small-scale research projects, including data collection and analysis. Help manage the Teen Programs calendar, website, and mailing list. 

    Image research and procurement for forthcoming catalogues. Review archival contracts to establish who owns rights for previous Whitney publications. Compile information in a spreadsheet for future use and reference by the director of publications. Scan and organize selected contracts.

    Theatrical Production
    Work directly with the Theater Manager on pre-production, load in, rehearsal, tech, performance and load out for events in the Hess Theater, emphasizing lighting, stage management and run crew responsibilities. Applicants should have a strong foundation in theatrical lighting (ION programming a plus), with a desire to learn more about the intricacies of working in a multi genre performance art space. This intern will also play a supportive role within the production office at the WMAA, offering general production administrative support as needed. Intern should be mature, self-reliant, good communicator, and able to work effectively in a highly collaborative environment. Flexibility (weekend and evening work), a sense of humor and interest in a career in performance art management/production. Those currently pursuing degrees in theatrical production or with prior professional production based art event experience are encouraged to apply.

    Research Resources

    • Archives: Archival processing (arranging, describing, re-housing) archival materials according to archival standards; assisting with helping patrons conduct archival research; assisting the Archives Manager and curatorial team in researching materials related to institutional history, building history, and public programming; digitalizing and preparing digital surrogates of select archival material for access; labeling and numbering folders.
    • Library: Metadata creation for ephemera and books; collections assessment and library space planning; preservation rehousing for special collections; reference and circulation duties.

    Preferred candidates will have an interest in modern and contemporary American art and/or museum work and have a strong academic background. This ability to work independently with attention to detail is required. Some heavy lifting is involved. Knowledge of MARC, LCC, and LCSH, Voyager ILS, Archivist's Toolkit, DACs, and Adobe Photoshop is a plus.