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 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. 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.
Draft correspondence; assist with mail distribution; maintain gallery list for Director; screen Director’s office generic email inbox; answer telephone; Place; create invoice vouchers; scan, file, print documents; Research, Raiser’s Edge updates and archiving.
Assist with media monitoring including filing, clipping, organizing and preparing press documents. Assist at previews and events; assist with press clipbooks, press strategy and correspondence.
The Curatorial Department is seeking multiple interns to help with a variety of tasks. Interns may assist with upcoming exhibitions, acquisitions, gifts, permanent collection research, exhibition and artist proposals, and general administrative duties. Demonstrated interest in art history and previous research experience. MS Office required and The Museum System (TMS) proficiency preferred.
Image research and procurement for forthcoming catalogues. Review archival contracts to establish who owns rights for previous Whitney publications. Compile information in a spreadsheet for future use and reference by the director of publications. Scan and organize selected contracts.
Work directly with the Theater Manager on pre-production, load in, rehearsal, tech, performance and load out for events in the Hess Theater, emphasizing lighting, stage management and run crew responsibilities. Applicants should have a strong foundation in theatrical lighting (ION programming a plus), with a desire to learn more about the intricacies of working in a multi genre performance art space. This intern will also play a supportive role within the production office at the WMAA, offering general production administrative support as needed. Intern should be mature, self-reliant, good communicator, and able to work effectively in a highly collaborative environment. Flexibility (weekend and evening work), a sense of humor and interest in a career in performance art management/production. Those currently pursuing degrees in theatrical production or with prior professional production based art event experience are encouraged to apply.
Preferred candidates will have an interest in modern and contemporary American art and/or museum work and have a strong academic background. This ability to work independently with attention to detail is required. Some heavy lifting is involved. Knowledge of MARC, LCC, and LCSH, Voyager ILS, Archivist's Toolkit, DACs, and Adobe Photoshop is a plus.