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Internships

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The Whitney's intern program offers training and direct experience working in one of New York City’s most exciting museums. If you are a college student interested in learning more about how museums work or are considering a museum career, we encourage you to apply. The Whitney’s internship program seeks talented people of all backgrounds—we value diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, gender expressions, and physical abilities.

Interns are placed in departments across the Museum where they assist professional staff, interact with the public, conduct research, provide administrative support, and learn about modern and contemporary American art. Interns also gain valuable training, skills, and work experience as well as an opportunity to build a network of professional contacts.

How to Apply

The Whitney offers full-time, paid internships in the summer, and part-time, unpaid internships during the academic year:

Summer Internship

Apply by February 1
Except for the Theater (Production Interns), we are no longer accepting submissions for our summer internship.

Our summer internship is a full-time, paid, nine-week session for undergraduate students (primarily juniors and seniors). It includes training, direct work experience, professional development, and a mentorship program that connects interns with key Whitney staff.

Academic Year Internship

All spring 2017 positions have been filled. Applications for the fall 2017 semester will open in July.

The Whitney’s academic year interns are undergraduate and graduate students committed to a part-time internship for a semester or full school year. These interns are eligible for credit, and other perks for Museum staff.

Departments

We offer internships in a wide variety of departments across the Museum. Applicants considering Advancement, Curatorial, Digital Media, or Education should state their specific areas of interest within these departments.

How to Apply

Email the appropriate materials (see below) to hr@whitney.org. Combine all documents into one PDF. 

  • In the subject line, write “[Academic Year/Summer] Internship Application—first name, last name.”
  • PDF should be saved as “First initial. Last name.” 
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Summer application materials

Academic year application materials

FAQ

Do I need to have previous museum experience to apply?
No. We welcome candidates with a strong academic background and any variety of prior professional experience. Candidates should have an interest in learning the inner workings of a mid-sized nonprofit arts organization, and a curiosity about museum work. An internship at the Whitney will prepare you for a wide range of careers, both related and unrelated to museums and/or the arts. 

Do I need to be currently enrolled in school?  
For the summer program, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program. For the academic year, interns are eligible within one year of graduating.

Are freshman eligible?
No. Students must have completed two years of academic course work.

Are graduate students eligible?  
Yes.  Research Resources (specifically Archives and Library)  give preference to applicants enrolled in an MLIS or related program. Depending on projects, other departments will consider students currently enrolled in graduate programs.

Are recent college graduates eligible?
For the summer program, graduating seniors are eligible, but preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors. For the academic year program, students who have graduated within the past academic year are eligible.

Can international students apply?
Yes, but you must have valid legal status under applicable U.S. visa regulations. The Museum cannot be a host organization for international students.

Can I apply to more than one department?
Yes! Please specify up to three desired departments in your cover letter, and speak to your interest in each as well as your order of preference. Ultimately, you will be selected to work in one department that we feel best suits your skill set. 

Can I send my materials separately?
Except for professor recommendations, please send your materials in one pdf.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Should applications include portfolios?  
No. Please only include requested materials.

Who should I address reference letters to?
Letters should be addressed to the HR Department or hr@whitney.org.

What mentorship opportunities does the program include?
All interns work side-by-side with experts in their field at the Museum, and are often invited to observe activities outside of their daily duties for educational purposes.

The summer internship program includes a weekly speaker series with presentations by Museum directors and senior staff, curator-led exhibition tours, and visits to smaller cultural art institutions around New York City.

Are the beginning and end dates of the summer internship program fixed?
Yes, but in some cases interns are permitted to start slightly later due to school schedules. They are required to commit to a total of nine weeks.

Does the Whitney provide housing or transportation?
No. All interns must provide for their own housing and transportation. 

Are Whitney internships paid positions?
Academic year internships are not paid. Summer interns receive a stipend of $5,000. 

I’ve submitted my application. What now?
Academic year intern applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis by individual departments based on need in that area of the Museum. Timelines vary. For the summer internship program, qualified candidates will be contacted in March for in-person or Skype interviews. Decisions take place in early April. Those candidates not selected for first round interviews or who are interviewed, but not initially accepted, will be placed on a waiting list in case last-minute openings occur.

If your question is not answered here, feel free to contact us at hr@whitney.org.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum welcomes applicants of any age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, and does not discriminate based on any other factor prohibited by law.  The Museum is dedicated to provide a fair and inclusive workplace and encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels.  This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.