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.
Organize and search press; maintain press lists and contacts; help produce materials for press previews; assist with tours and press events.
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, previous research experience, and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office are required.
Help keep the Museum’s website, whitney.org, up to date while gaining hands-on experience with basic content management. Responsibilities include drafting webpages and adjusting page layouts. The digital media intern will have opportunities to conduct research for Whitney Stories and assist with special projects as needed.
Assist the graphic design department with duties ranging from designing small projects to trimming wall labels. Scale of projects will vary based on skill level. Intern will also be able to attend various meetings to gain an understanding of the internal process at the Museum.
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.
Assist in mounting of events in the theatre both technically and administratively. Knowledge of electrics, basic carpentry and audio skills preferred.
Research Resources, Library and Archives
Internships are open to current students who have completed one semester in a Library and Information Science Program, or related Graduate Program.