Work with MoMA curators and educators and gain experience in the museum field.
Deadline: June 10, 2016
Full-time, 12-Month internships with stipends are offered for recent
college graduates interested in pursuing a museum career. The focused
departmental training is integrated with the fall, spring, and summer
lecture series and complemented with financial provisions for the
interns to create a research trip related to their field of interest.
12-Month internships provide training in specific museum fields through
close work with a professional staff member, familiarity with modern and
contemporary art through seminars and discussions, and an educational
program that exposes interns to the workings of the Museum as a whole,
while considering the role of museums in the broader cultural context.
Below are the descriptions and requirements for the 12-Month
Internship positions for 2016–17. All internships begin on September 12,
2016, and conclude on September 8, 2017.
Community and Access Programs Internship
Department of Education
Programs, including those for individuals who are blind, partially
sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, or have developmental disabilities or
Alzheimer’s disease. The intern will coordinate volunteers,
sign-language interpreters, captioners, and educators, and will help to
administer programs across the department. This intern will also be
responsible for office tasks such as managing art supply inventory and
orders, documenting programs and partnerships, taking reservations for
programs, and transcribing materials for exhibitions and videos.
Finally, the intern will have the opportunity to participate in educator
training and teach in the galleries.
Requirements: The ideal candidate must have an interest in accessible
art museum programming, a taste for interacting with the public, and
experience working with people with disabilities or community groups.
The candidate should have the ability to multitask, be extremely
organized, and be able to successfully execute both administrative and
program-oriented projects. Fluency in a foreign language, including
American Sign Language, is preferable.
Department of Architecture and Design Internship
and publication Items: Is Fashion Modern?, opening December 2017, and
will undertake in-depth research on items of fashion design from the
20th and 21st centuries. Responsibilities specific to the exhibition
include assisting with researching and clearing image rights for
exhibition, catalogue, and digital use; handling written correspondence
and project inquiries with internal and external parties; assisting with
loan documentation; assisting with the organization, documentation, and
cataloging of works for inclusion in the exhibition; helping to collate
and route object labels and explanatory texts through internal
approvals; assisting with planning and logistics for the exhibition
opening reception; helping coordinate with external and internal parties
for exhibition-related public programming; and assisting curatorial
staff with the management of a high volume of exhibition-related tasks
and inquiries. The exhibition’s primary focus will be fashion design.
Films, photographs, drawings, prints, and works in other mediums will
also be included. The exhibition will include a number of loaned works.
Reports to Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture
and Design, and Director of R&D.
Requirements: The ideal candidate will have experience working in
curatorial and research settings, will have a firm knowledge of
contemporary fashion design, and will possess excellent writing skills.
The intern will have completed scholarly research for academic and/or
museum projects, and have a working knowledge of best practices in
curatorial procedures (creating and refining a checklist, generating
object labels and wall texts, etc.). The candidate should have
exceptional organizational and communication skills; demonstrated
ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight
deadlines; and the ability to take initiative. Bachelor’s degree in
fashion, design, art history, and/or architecture, and graduate
he Modern Women’s Fund Internship
Department of Drawings and Prints
Prints, conducting research on a major acquisition of avant-garde works,
with a focus on women artists. In a broader capacity, the intern will
conduct research relating to acquisitions of work by women artists as
part of a larger departmental initiative to increase the number of women
artists in the collection. The intern will participate in the
logistics, research, planning, and organization of a host of activities
that are generated as part of MoMA’s Modern Women’s Fund initiative,
along with various research assignments, under the guidance of the
curatorial and administrative staff.
Requirements: The ideal candidate has an art history background (MA
candidates preferred) with a focus on the art and avant-garde movements
of the early 20th century. A reading knowledge of Russian and/or German
is preferred. The candidate must possess very strong research skills and
the ability to multitask and prioritize. Previous experience working in
a museum or gallery setting preferred.
Department of Film Internship
curatorial activities that the Department of Film engages in, from
exhibition planning and execution to visiting the Celeste Bartos Film
Preservation Center. The intern will focus on exhibition and research
related projects, including assisting the managing curator on
acquisitions to the collection, research on a book focusing on Latin and
South American films, and preparing various film programs, including To
Save and Project, a Michel Piccoli series, and a collaboration with the
Berlin Film Festival. In addition, the intern assists various
curatorial and administrative staff of the department in all aspects of
Requirements: The ideal candidate will have a liberal arts academic
background and a general knowledge of film and film culture. Strong
writing skills and Spanish language fluency are highly desired.
Department of Media and Performance Art Internship
chief curator and curatorial assistant on two projects: artist Adam
Pendleton’s residency at the Museum, culminating in a new, large-scale,
multimedia performance; and an exhibition that will include a
publication on the occasion of a new acquisition of work by the artist
William Pope.L. The intern’s tasks will include support with exhibition
planning, bibliographic research, image sourcing and permission
requests, editing and design assistance, liaising with the artists’
studios, event support, working fluidly across the Museum’s departments,
and other tasks as assigned.
Requirements: The ideal candidate has an art history and/or media and
performance art background (MA candidates preferred), strong research
skills, reading knowledge of one foreign language, the ability to
multitask and prioritize, and the ability to communicate effectively
especially under pressure. Previous experience working with artists in a
museum setting, or specifically with media and performance art,
preferred. This internship is supported by MoMA’s Friends of Education, a
Museum affiliate group dedicated to supporting African American and
African diaspora artists and audience development at the Museum.
Department of Photography Internship
staff, the intern will work on two exhibition projects: conducting
research on the major Stephen Shore exhibition opening at MoMA in
December 2017 and assisting with the publication scheduled in
conjunction with the exhibition; and helping with the research,
selection, and final conceptualization of the New Photography
contemporary show, scheduled to open in early 2018. The intern will also
help with the first volume of the Photography at MoMA book, a
three-volume publication about MoMA’s photography collection.
Requirements: The ideal candidate has an art history and/or
photography history background (MA candidates preferred), very strong
research skills, and the ability to multitask and prioritize. Previous
experience working in a museum or gallery setting preferred.
The Louise Bourgeois Internship
Department of Drawings and Prints
of the department, which may include assisting the staff in the
following areas: collection management, acquisitions, loans, exhibition
research and catalogue production, and administration. The collection of
drawings and prints, numbering some 75,000 objects, is housed within
the department offices, so the intern has the opportunity to work
directly with art objects, after requisite conservation training. In
addition, the intern will work in the department’s Study Center, which
services approximately 1,000 visitors per year (including classes), and
is integral to its curatorial mission. In general, the intern will be
involved with various aspects of the department programs, under the
guidance of the curatorial and administrative staff. This internship is
named in honor of artist Louise Bourgeois, whose extensive work in
printmaking comprises an archive within the Museum’s collection.
Requirements: The ideal candidate has an art history background (MA
candidates preferred), with knowledge of contemporary African art and
proficiency in French, and a demonstrated interest through pertinent
work, internship, or volunteer opportunities. Any previous experience
working in a museum or gallery setting, or specifically with works on
Museum Archives Dedalus Fellowship (two years)
emerging art historian to be trained in archival work. The fellow will
be responsible for the department’s work on audio and video recordings,
by processing all new acquisitions and managing an ongoing project to
conserve and reformat rare and fragile recordings. This includes working
with an outside audio preservation laboratory. In addition, the fellow
will assist with select unprocessed collections of archival documents,
preparing inventories and performing routine preservation measures. The
fellow will also provide crucial support for the physical retrieval and
rehousing of archival collections. Finally, the fellow will assist the
Archives staff with general reference and research functions and the
daily activities of this extremely active department. The Archives
includes over 6,000 linear feet of important primary source material and
responds to over 4,000 research requests annually.
Requirements: The ideal candidate must have a BA in art history and
familiarity with modern art, strong organizational skills, research and
writing skills, computer proficiency, and an interest in learning about
the Museum and acquiring professional archival skills. Attention to
detail is crucial.
Public Programs Internship
Academic Programs area of the Department of Education. Tasks include
coordinating monthly gallery programs, maintaining daily correspondence,
assisting in research and set-up for evening programs, and liaising
with program participants, MoMA staff, volunteers, and Audio Visual
staff. The intern will learn all of the details implicit in making a
program run successfully, including marketing and ticketing. The intern
will also have the opportunity to put together his or her own program,
executing all of the steps of organizing a program from conception to
Requirements: The ideal candidate has the ability to multitask, is
extremely organized and is able to successfully execute both
administrative and research-oriented projects. The intern works
collaboratively and helps to create new ways for audiences to engage
with modern and contemporary art. The position requires a candidate who
enjoys interacting with the public and with a range of staff and program
participants and confronts last-minute, logistical, or personnel
challenges with ease. The intern must be available to work at public
programs in the evenings.
For further information, please visit: http://www.moma.org/learn/courses/internships#12month