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 email@example.com 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.
Administration: 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: 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
The intern will collect and organize clips about the Whitney Museum, help with press events, assemble press materials, assist with photo and video shoots at the Museum.
The intern will assist with an upcoming retrospective of Stuart Davis’ work, and other potential upcoming exhibitions. Responsibilities: PowerPoint presentations; 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 The Museum System (TMS) data entry and research.
The intern will conduct research on the permanent collection for upcoming exhibitions. Jeff Koons exhibition: organization and database entry for traveling portion and preparations for closing and deinstallation.
Curatorial: Film and Video
The intern will research (incl. library research) for What is Cinema? Assist with Film, Video, New Media Acquisitions committee – creating checklists. preparing materials for committee members, researching potential acquisitions. Administrative work: archiving and organizing files related to Film and Video Department over the past ten years.
Curatorial: New Building Project
The intern will work on research projects associated with the New Building Project, specifically looking into installation specifications for works on the inaugural display checklist and object research to support label writing. Some work on image rights and reproductions is also expected. Intern will help construct and organize maquettes for laying out exhibition in models and assist with some light administrative duties associated with the project and office move.
Development: Capital Campaign (full academic year)
The intern will support the Campaign team in the final year of the Whitney Museum Capital Campaign before the new museum opens. The intern will report to the Campaign Senior Coordinator and assist on varying ongoing projects, including: Coordinating acknowledgements and reminders for Campaign installments; drafting and producing letters and proposals; updating donor database records; helping organize the Campaign new building opening events; assisting at Campaign related events; coordinating logistics for tours of the new building; other duties as needed.
Development: Institutional Advancement
The intern will work with all aspects of Institutional Advancement fundraising initiatives including corporate partnerships, corporate membership and foundation and government relations. Responsibilities: Assist the corporate partnerships team with research, stewardship, and benefit fulfillment; 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. Administrative support.
Development: Major Gifts
Under the supervision of the Major Gift 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.
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 Managers on tasks associated with upcoming events including opening receptions, donor cultivation events, curator talks and tours, dinners, and the annual Whitney Gala and Studio Party 2014. 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: Public Programs
The intern will help with ongoing public programs (including Symposia, 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 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.
Library (full academic year)
Under the supervision of professional library staff, the intern will gain first-hand experience in a small special library. Interns will participate directly in departmental activities, ranging from research to routine administrative tasks; time will be split between library projects and the upcoming move to our new building in the Meatpacking District. Tasks may include: Assisting with the move and setup of new library spaces, cataloging, stacks inventory and shift Internships are open to current students who have completed one semester in an accredited MLS or MLIS program and have had some library experience
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.