The Museum’s Internship Program offers college undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates' valuable insights into the operations of a professional museum environment.
The Studio Museum's internship program offers college undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduate Interns the opportunity to collaborate on meaningful and engaging projects with Museum staff and participate in a series of meetings and workshops focused on contemporary museology.
Interns are placed in departments across the Museum where they work with professional staff, assist on internal and external projects, and learn about the Museum's permanent collection and Artist-in-Residence program. Interns gain valuable work experience as well as the opportunity to develop connections with other museum professionals.
Applicants are required to submit the following for consideration:
- Writing Sample (no more than 5 pages)
- Optional video, up to 2 minutes (max) that discusses your interest in the Studio Museum, the specific position you have applied for, and how an internship would impact your career sent to [email protected]
Applicants are encouraged to designate both a first and second choice for the positions they wish to be considered for.
Please note that only individuals authorized to work in the United States will be considered for acceptance into the internship program.
Summer 2024 Dates: June 3, 2024 – August 9, 2024 (10-weeks)
Requirements: Minimum 15 hours/week, during the workweek (M-F); interns are also required to work in-person one day a week in our offices in Harlem.
Application Deadline: 11:59 PM on March 11, 2024
Applicants will be notified about interviews by April 8, 2024. If you have not heard back before that date, you have not been considered as a finalist for the Summer 2024 cohort.
All interns must attend an in-person orientation day the morning of June 3, 2024, to commence their program.
While this internship follows a hybrid model, all interns must be able to work in-person on Wednesdays. This day is designated for enrichment activities and field trips around the city. Additionally, it provides interns with a valuable opportunity to build relationships with each other.
Communications Department (1 Position)
The Communications Intern will work with the Communications Department to perform functions critical to communicating the Studio Museum’s mission and offerings to Museum stakeholders, the press, and our diverse audiences. The Communications Intern will learn about institutional voice, communications strategy, media relations best practices, and assist with pulling Studio Museum press mentions and interacting with press requests weekly. The Communications Intern will work on drafting copy for the institution’s administrative, programming, and exhibition needs as well as contributing to the Museum's magazine, Studio.
Curatorial Department (1 Position)
The Curatorial Intern will work under the direction of the Curatorial Assistants. Interns will be involved in a range of curatorial research projects. A key component of this internship will be conducting research and writing for objects and artists represented in the permanent collection, as well as administrative tasks to support the department’s curatorial library. Projects will also include deep research on mission specific-related exhibitions happening globally. The intern may also be maintaining digital exhibition archives or completing administrative tasks for exhibition-related projects.
Development Department (1 Position)
The Development Intern will work closely with members of the Development team to help with the Studio Museum’s institutional and individual fundraising efforts. Primary responsibilities include assisting with correspondence and research related to individual giving, conducting research on corporations and foundations, drafting select grant reports and proposals, updating and maintaining records in Raiser’s Edge database and organizing mailings of information to donors and prospects. Previous development, marketing or public relations experience is helpful but not required.
Director’s Office Department (1 Position)
The Director’s Office Intern will help develop and execute a diverse range of strategic initiatives. Responsibilities include assisting with projects that support the Director and Chief Curator and the Chief of Staff. Specific projects include institutional history research; drafting internal and external correspondence; administrative support; updating documents; logistical support; and another research as assigned. This position is suited for a candidate eager to gain familiarity with the administrative responsibilities and strategic planning required for a career in nonprofit organizational management and external affairs. Candidates should note that this is not a curatorial position; however, those individuals considering careers in the arts administration sector are encouraged to apply. Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite is required. Excellent research, writing and communication skills, as well as meticulous attention to detail, are essential.
Learning & Engagement Department (1 Position)
The Education Intern position is an opportunity for an educator to deepen their understanding of museum education and the impact of arts and cultural programming on society. The Education Intern will work closely with department staff on a series of projects that contribute to the development of educational and access-oriented programs and online education content, enhancing opportunities for learning, connection, and leadership across communities. The Education Intern will perform research informed by their own areas of interest, and designed to support the department’s goals to develop tools and methods that serve our constituents’ short- and long-term needs through accessible, impactful programs and resources.
People & Culture (HR) Department (1 Position)
The People & Culture (HR) Department seeks to employ an enthusiastic and driven HR intern to assist with administrative and HR-related tasks. The People & Culture intern will work under the Senior People Operations Coordinator’s supervision. Interns will be involved in research projects for recruitment and employee engagement. A key component of this internship will be conducting research for diversity candidates for our cultural institute, helping plan volunteer events and bi-monthly employee engagement events. Probable projects may also include helping with the scheduling of interviews, onboarding process, posting jobs, and new hire announcements, etc. Interns will work directly with the People & Culture team and cross departments.
Registrar Department (1 Position)
The Registrar Intern will be involved in a range of collection and exhibition management projects with special attention to collection stewardship. The internship will engage interested candidates in museum registration tasks focused on collection administration. Potential projects may also include supporting the Director of Collections and Exhibitions, the Registrar and the Collections Database Manager with administrative projects and collection file reviews.
Internship cycles are in line with the academic year, and are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The fall internship application is posted in late July, the application for spring opens in September, and the summer application opens in February.
We understand that people come to this work through a variety of interest areas and backgrounds. Competitive applications clearly identify why candidates are interested in the specific internship position to which they are applying, articulate how their experience connects with their area of interest in museums, and make a compelling case for what they might gain and contribute if selected for the internship program.
Yes, all internship positions are paid. Only individuals authorized to work for the Museum in the United States will be accepted into the internship program. The Museum will consider expressions of interest in providing volunteer services to the Museum from non–work authorized individuals.
Interns are paid a stipend based on the hours required for the program. Any additional time spent working beyond the required hours is considered voluntary. Intern supervisors take the interns’ time and commitment seriously, and design projects based on how much time interns can reasonably dedicate to working on them.
You may receive credit for participating in the internship, however it is the intern’s responsibility to initiate the process with their academic advisor or professor, and shepherd any required administrative materials between the university and Museum. Please be sure to communicate your interest in receiving internship credits to your supervisor immediately upon acceptance to the program, since many academic programs require supervisor information, evaluations, and/or other materials to award credit.
Only candidates who have been selected for interviews will be contacted directly regarding their application status by the posted notification date, due to the volume of applications we receive each season. If you have not heard back before that date, you have not been considered for a position and we encourage you to consider re-applying in the future.
No, the internship program requires a full commitment, and does not make allowances for vacation. Interns are expected to be present for the duration of the program to work meaningfully toward project goals, and to avoid missing out on a the variety of programs and workshops throughout the course of the program that are designed to enhance interns’ professional development. Submitting an application affirms your availability for the duration of the program as listed.
For any questions not addressed, please feel free to contact [email protected]