The Whitney Museum of American Art offers both academic year and summer internship programs for university students. Internships are geared toward college juniors, seniors, and graduate students (no freshmen) who gain first-hand experience about how a museum functions. Under the supervision of a department head or curator, interns will assist with regular departmental activities that range from research and special projects to routine administrative and clerical tasks.
Internships are an opportunity for students to learn about a specific area within a prestigious, 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—summer interns receive two monthly MetroCards. Interns 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. For details on the summer program, please refer to the information below.
Curatorial Intern, Andy Warhol Film Project
The intern will work on a variety of projects. Daily tasks include: filing; reorganizing file system; fielding research questions through the Warhol Films email address; and assisting the Senior Curatorial Assistant as necessary. Major projects include: creating (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 the flow of information; various research projects for the Senior Curatorial Assistant; and assisting book writers during research trips to MoMA.
Curatorial Intern, Prints and Special Collections
The intern will report to the assistant curator and responsibilities include internal documentation and support for print acquisitions, and miscellaneous research. Art history students with museum and research experience preferred.
Development Intern, Institutional Advancement
The 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 Membership 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.
Under the supervision of the marketing manager, the intern will research and report on arts nonprofit marketing trends; maintain clip binders; assist in ad trafficking; track social media statistics on a weekly basis; assist in preparation for visitor surveys; maintain and update social media calendar; maintain events, exhibition dates, and photo albums on Whitney Facebook page; assist with production on whitney.org; and conduct ongoing general marketing research projects.
Two Internships Through ARTS Intern: A Program of Studio in a School
Both interns will work in the Whitney’s Education department. For eligibility requirements and information on how to apply, please visit the ARTS Intern website:
1. Community and Access Programs Intern
2. School & Educator Programs and Family Programs Intern