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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Internships are available in the chief curator’s office, prewar painting and sculpture, postwar painting and sculpture, performance, permanent collection, new building project, drawing, prints, contemporary art, Andy Warhol Film Project, and film and video. Interns may assist with upcoming exhibitions, acquisitions, gifts, permanent collection research, the inaugural display for the new building, exhibition and artist proposals, and general administrative duties. Demonstrated interest in art history, previous research experience, and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office required.
Development: Development Records
The intern will work cooperatively within the team around Raiser’s Edge (the database system) to streamline and document procedures. Development records manages all aspects (entry of donations, data integrity, reporting, and analysis) of the Raiser’s Edge database. This intern will learn how to navigate the database, build data management skills, and understand fundraising concepts.
Development: Institutional Advancement
The intern will work with both the corporate and foundation and government relations departments. Responsibilities: Assist the corporate partnerships team with research, stewardship, and benefit fulfillment throughout the course of Fall 2013; assist with assembling marketing kits and mailings for prospective and current corporate pembership and putting together press; books and other proposal and pitch materials for Sponsorship projects; help conduct research on companies and foundations for corporate membership purposes, program support, corporate sponsorship, and the Campaign; attend events on an as-needed basis and will be invited to participate in departmental and interdepartmental meetings
Development: Major Gifts
Under the supervision of the major gifts staff, interns assist with the following departmental activities: Research, drafting and producing letters and proposals, updating donor database records, event location scouting, and assistance with special events. Applicants must have strong oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to stay focused in a busy office environment. Experience with Raiser’s Edge is a plus. The internship is a great opportunity to learn about development and patron group management in a museum setting! Interns are eligible for regular employee discounts at the Museum restaurant and retail, as well as invitations to exhibition openings and free admission to most New York City museums.
Membership interns work with department staff on a variety of ongoing tasks and projects including ongoing customer service 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.
Development: Special Events
The intern will work closely with event coordinators and senior managers on tasks associated with upcoming events including donor cultivation events, curator talks and tours, dinners, and the annual Art Party 2015, and a series of opening events for the new building. Duties include guest list and database management in addition to assisting with invitation mailings, event archiving, conducting guest list follow up, providing on-site assistance, and a number of administrative tasks.
Education: Community and Access Programs
The intern will prepare materials for offsite community programs; assist with the creation of access materials for exhibitions; help with access programs including verbal description, touch and ASL tours.
Education: Docent Program
The intern will help build a new docent program webpage and assist with organizing information and communications; help archive audio files and their transcripts; and digitize and organize the education department Artist File archives.
Education: Family Programs
The intern will help Family Programs staff prepare for programs by collecting and organizing art supplies and assisting with administrative tasks. He or she will help to greet families and welcome them to the Museum and will assist Educators during tours workshops and large scale events. He or she would also assist staff with marketing initiatives and small-scale research projects.
Education: Interpretative Programs
Assist with digital media 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.
Education: Public Programs
The intern will help with ongoing public programs (including symposia, the Annenberg Lecture, and courses) and assist with advance research for spring programs. Interns should be interested in event production, content research, and adult education.
The intern will research and report on arts nonprofit marketing and social media trends, maintain clip binders, create content for social media, maintain and update social media editorial calendar, assist in ad trafficking, create and track Google Adwords campaigns, track social media metrics on a weekly basis, and conduct ongoing general marketing research projects.
The intern will review archival publications contracts to determine which rights museum holds to past publications; review archival publications for seminal essays that could be repurposed/repackaged; proofread label copy; and fact check information on label copy.
Research Resources (Library and Archives)
The intern will aid in organizing a new building resource center; provide archives relocation assistance; assist with general library circulation duties (paging, shelving); and complete special projects in cataloging or archives to be determined and commensurate with skills/experience/interest. Applicants must be enrolled in an MLIS program.