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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. 

Summer Internship

Education Department

The Whitney’s education department will be offering stipends to two students for this year’s Summer Internship Program. The education department seeks to advance the field of education through experimental and rigorous programs that draw on the process, spirit and intelligence of contemporary artists. Educational programs and resources are designed to make the Whitney’s collection of American art and its comprehensive exhibition program accessible to diverse audiences—K-12 students, teens, teachers, families, adults, seniors and people with disabilities—through in-depth observation and discussion of art.

Applicants who meet the following criteria are eligible:

  • Full-time students
  • Residents of the New York tri-state area
  • Receiving needs-based financial aid
  • Maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0

    If you meet these requirements and would like to be considered for one of the two internships, please follow the application instructions for the Summer Internship Program. The deadline for submissions is March 13, 2015.