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 check back soon for more information.
Assist in the Director’s Office with maintaining gallery lists; helping with mailings, catalogue mailings, prepare and copy materials for meetings; conduct research to support Director’s daily activities including research on contacts, artists, and exhibitions; filing, copying, scanning, office organization, and other general administrative tasks. Requirements: Interest in the arts and art history; organized with attention to detail; open and professional demeanor; ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
Assist with preparing press materials and press kits for press reviews; monitoring media about the Whitney; entering information and maintaining databases; assisting with correspondence and phone calls (press requests and internally); organizing and filing office materials and records along with other duties, as assigned. Requirements: Computer skills, Microsoft Office suite; office experience; Photoshop experience is a plus; interest in writing; attention to detail; comfortable working with internal and external stake holders. Must be able to commit to a minimum of 2–3 days per week.
Help keep the Museum’s website, whitney.org, up to date while gaining hands-on experience with basic content management. Draft webpages and adjust page layouts; conduct research for Whitney Stories and assist with media production and special projects as needed. Requirements: Strong communication and computer skills required; knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and After Effects are preferred. Familiarity with Google Analytics is a plus.
Assist the Graphic Design Department with any needs they may have, ranging from designing small projects to trimming wall labels. Scale of projects will vary based on skill level; attend various meetings to gain an understanding of the internal process at the Museum. Requirements: Student should be currently enrolled in a BFA or MFA design program, and possess working knowledge of Adobe design suite, and a strong typographic foundation.
Research Resources/Permanent Collection Documentation Office
Gain first-hand experience in multiple areas related to the management of permanent collection records in a museum setting. Interns will participate directly in departmental activities ranging from data entry and preservation projects to routine administrative tasks.
Responsibilities may include: data entry in the collection management system (The Museum System) to reflect updated internal content standards; assisting patrons with research requests and appointments; helping with organization of primary source documents; working with Library Intern to migrate Documentation artist files into the Library’s artist file collection and cataloguing database.