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. There is no stipend, but 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.
Administration Intern, Director’s Office
The intern will help provide support for the Director’s Office administrative staff. This internship is geared toward students who are interested in arts administration. Applicants must have excellent writing and oral communication skills, superior telephone etiquette, excellent attention to detail, and strong organizational skills. Computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Internet research are essential.
Administration Intern, Trustee Office
The intern will assist the Operations Assistant with projects as well as administrative tasks, including database entry and mailings. The internship is geared toward students who are interested in arts administration. Experience in a front-line capacity is preferred. Applicants must have excellent writing and oral communication skills, superior telephone etiquette, excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills. Computer skills: MS Office, Outlook, and internet research are essential.
Curatorial Intern, New Building Project
The intern will join the curatorial team working on the inaugural presentation for the opening of the museum’s new building in 2015. Under the supervision of the Curatorial Assistant, New Building Project, the intern will conduct long and short term research projects on artists and works in the Whitney’s collection and provide some general administrative support when needed. This position will require off-site research in libraries and archives around the city. Applicants must have excellent writing skills; outstanding organization and research skills; strong knowledge of twentieth and twenty-first century American art; familiarity with Excel and Microsoft Office, knowledge of The Museum System (TMS) a plus. Prior museum experience preferred.
The intern will conduct research on various film and video projects; administrative work related to Film & Video Permanent Collection and upcoming meetings; filing projects, photocopying, email correspondence with external institutions/individuals.
The intern will assist with research and administrative assistance with the various exhibitions including: American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe, Robert Indiana, and an upcoming retrospective of Stuart Davis’ work. Responsibilities include: making scale models for exhibition installation planning, assisting with exhibition installation, conducting library research on various pre-war American artists, assistance with building an extensive archive of primary source material on Stuart Davis, organizing mailings and invitation lists, and assisting with TMS data entry and research.
The intern will have the following responsibilities: Tracking, drafting responses to all artist submissions, exhibition proposals, acquisition proposals; adding to, organizing Robert Irwin artist file and object files after close of current exhibition; assistance with preparing for Painting & Sculpture Committee meetings; complete Curatorial intern manual.
Curatorial Intern, Permanent Collection
The intern will conduct research and administrative work related to the Whitney’s permanent collection. This will be for both standard collection upkeep and perhaps the new building inaugural exhibition. Tasks involve: Researching specific permanent collection objects or artists; working with TMS; filing material related to permanent collection and loans; completing research assignments using the Whitney library and other New York libraries; making frequent research trips to Documentation office; building models and maquettes; creating and formatting lists and images.
Development Intern, Capital Campaign
The intern’s responsibilities include: research; draft and producing letters and proposals; update donor database records; assist with Campaign-related events; coordinate logistics for tours of the new building; compile images and data for Campaign Newsletter; review prospects with major gifts staff.
Development Intern, Development Records
The intern will learn the basics of Raiser’s Edge as well as master certain advanced skills. Responsibilities: Assist with updating and maintaining The Raiser’s Edge (RE) database and with special data entry and other related projects as required; work cooperatively within the RE team around the database system to streamline and document procedures.
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.
Development Intern, Membership
The intern will assist with the following projects: Neighborhood Discount Program; member hotline/emails; mailings/invitations; acknowledgement letters; event planning and execution; Raiser’s Edge data upkeep/input. Requirements: Strong oral and written communications skills
Development Intern, Major Gifts
Under the supervision of the Major Gift staff, interns will assist with regular departmental activities that range from research, drafting and producing letters and proposals, updating donor database records, event location scouting, and assistance with special events. Applicant must have strong written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to stay focused in a busy office environment. Experience with Raiser’s Edge is a plus.
Education Intern, Family Programs
The Intern will work closely with Museum staff to prepare for Family Programming centered around the 2014 Biennial. He or she will gain experience in the field of museum education, assisting staff with both administrative duties and with family groups participating in weekend programs at the Museum. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: helping Family Programs staff prepare for programs by collecting and organizing art supplies and helping with administrative tasks; assisting Family Programs staff with marketing initiatives and small-scale research projects; helping Family Programs staff document programs by taking photographs and observing tours; helping Family Programs staff to set up for programs and greet families at the Museum; and assisting Museum Educators during tours, workshops, and events such as Open Studio.
The internship will begin at the start of February and continue until the end of May, 2014. Two to three days per week, the internship includes select Saturdays (two to three per month) and one to two days in the office during the week. Hours are generally 9:30 am–5:30 pm. This internship is open to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing studies related to art history, art education and/or museum studies. The successful candidate will have good organizational and communication skills, and possess a positive attitude and a strong desire to learn. If interested, please email resume and cover letter to FamilyPrograms@whitney.org by Monday, January 6, 2014.
Education Intern, Public Programs
The intern will help with ongoing public programs during the fall, as well as assist with advance research. Applicants should be interested in event production, content research, and adult education.
Graphic Design Intern
The intern will assist the Graphic Design Department with responsibilities that range from designing small projects to trimming wall labels. Intern will attend meetings to gain an understanding of the internal process at the Museum. Requirements: Graphic Design degree and background
The Library seeks a library school student interested in completing an internship during the 2014 spring semester. Under the supervision of professional library and archives staff, the intern will gain first-hand experience on the operations within a small special library. The student will participate directly in departmental activities ranging from research and special projects to routine administrative tasks. Internships are open to current students who have completed one semester in an accredited MLS or MLIS program and have had some library experience. Preferred are those with an interest in American art and/or museum work who have a strong academic background. If interested, please send your cover letter, current resume, a list of courses completed, and two references to email@example.com.
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.
Publications Intern, Rights & Reproductions
Under the supervision of the Manager of Rights and Reproduction, the intern will use Excel for inventory of the Museum’s digital assets; data entry of photography records and linking images into the collection management system; and entry of copyright holders for works in the Museum’s collection. Proficiency in Excel and Photoshop required.
Working under the supervision of the Head Registrar, Permanent Collection, the intern will work from the museum’s outgoing loan institution files and will data enter the loan documentation into the museum’s database, TMS, following internal cataloguing standards.