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The Museum’s Internship Program provides college undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates with a wide range of experiences designed to provide insight into the daily workings of a professional museum environment. In addition to working on meaningful, engaging projects with museum staff, interns engage in a series of meetings, workshops, offsite visits to arts and cultural institutions, and public programs.

Interns will work alongside Studio Museum staff in satellite office locations in Harlem, as we transition out of our current space in preparation for our new building project. During inHarlem, a dynamic set of collaborative programs in our neighborhood, we will continue our groundbreaking exhibitions, thought-provoking conversations, and engaging art-making workshops at a variety of partner and satellite locations in Harlem.

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.


Important Information

The following internships are available for the Spring 2020 season: Accounting & Finance, Archives, Communications, Curatorial, Design & Digital Media, Director’s Office, Education, Public Programs & Community Engagement, and Teen Programs.

Please note that we allow applicants to select a first and second choice for positions they would like to be considered for. Due to a high volume of applications, only candidates who have been selected for interviews will be contacted directly regarding their application status.

Spring 2020 Dates: January 27, 2020 – May 1, 2020 (14 weeks)

Requirements: Minimum 20 hours/week, during the workweek.

Stipend: $3500

Application deadline: Sunday, December 8, 2019

Applicants will be notified about interviews no later than December 26, 2019. If you have not heard back before that date your application is no longer under consideration.

All interns must attend a mandatory internship orientation on the morning of January 27, 2020 to commence their program.

If you have any questions about internships, please email internships@studiomuseum.org.

Accounting and Finance Intern

The Accounting and Finance Intern will work to support the activities and day-to-day responsibilities of the Finance Department. Interns must have an interest in nonprofit financial management and accounting. Interns must be organized, trustworthy, and able to handle sensitive materials. They must demonstrate strong communication and decision making abilities. Intern must also have desire to work both autonomously and on team driven projects.

Must have experience with data entry and data management, bank reconciliations and creating journal entries. Intern will assist with preparing monthly, quarterly and annual grant and billing reports and be able to collaborate on various finance and ad-hoc reports. Intern will assist with the preparation of billing reports. Intern will learn the budget and billing process for government/private contracts and accounting best practices for nonprofits.

The internship is designed for undergraduate or recent graduates in Accounting. Must be comfortable with and have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs. Experience with cloud based financial systems such as Financial Edge Fund Accounting Software and Concur Travel Expense Management desirable.

Archives Internship

The Archives Intern will work closely the archives team to digitize historical exhibition records. Records will include installation photography, printed matter, checklists, press releases and other historical material culled from the institutional archive. The intern will gain experience handling archival material and working with archival collections, scanning high resolution images and embedding metadata, using controlled vocabularies, and using a digital asset management system database. The intern will be in close communication with the curatorial and registrar teams to cross reference exhibition data including names, titles and artists. Intern should be detail oriented, highly organized, flexible, and able to work independently.

The Archives Internship is designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in archives, museum studies, history, visual culture or a related field.

Communications Internship

The Communications Intern will work closely with the Communications Coordinator and team to perform functions critical to communicating the Studio Museum’s mission and offerings to press and our diverse audiences, as well as assist with digital engagement via the Studio Museum’s social media channels. The Communications Intern will learn about institutional voice, communications strategy, and media relations best practices. The intern will be responsible for drafting copy for social media and other projects; image filing and cataloguing; conducting research and organizing inventory for Studio Magazine, the Museum’s biannual publication; and assisting with website content management. The intern will also assist with press monitoring, which will include maintaining the Studio Museum’s digital press archive, clipping, and preparing press kits.

Applicants must possess excellent writing and communication skills, a superb attention to detail, be highly organized, and able to work independently. Must demonstrate familiarity with social media, and online email marketing tools (Mailchimp).

The Communications Internship is designed for mature undergraduate, graduate students or recent graduates interested in careers in Arts Communication, Media Studies, Social Marketing, Arts Administration, or related fields.

Curatorial Internship

Curatorial interns will work under the direction of the Curatorial Assistant. Interns will be involved in a range of curatorial projects including research and organization for upcoming exhibitions, maintaining archives and visual materials, reviewing artist submissions and updating artist files and exhibition listings. The curatorial intern will also assist with the organization, archiving and transfer of department files, and support key tasks related to inHarlem initiatives. Interns will work directly with curators, assistants and artists on exhibition checklists, graphics, catalogue production and documentation.

The Curatorial Internship is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who major/minor in Art History, Visual Culture or a related field. Applicants should have an interest in curating, excellent writing and research skills, and knowledge of the contemporary art world. Applicants must be able to handle multiple projects at once.

Design and Digital Media Internship

The Design and Digital Media Intern will work closely with the Designer and Digital Coordinator to perform functions critical to visually communicating the Studio Museum’s mission and offerings to our diverse audiences in print and digital formats.

The intern will learn how to follow institutional brand guidelines to implement solutions that adhere to the look and feel of the Studio Museum brand. The intern will be responsible for drafting social media graphics, postcards, flyers, brochures, and other print and digital collateral for the institution’s administrative, programming, and exhibition needs. The intern will also update the Museum’s event and exhibition pages online as necessary.

Applicants must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, a superb attention to detail, be highly organized, and able to work independently. Must demonstrate proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (specifically InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop). Please provide a link to your design portfolio in the application.

The Design and Digital Media Internship is designed for mature undergraduate, graduate students, or recent graduate interested in careers in Graphic Design, Arts Communication, Media Studies, or related fields.

Director's Office Internship

The Director’s Office intern will assist in the development and execution of a diverse range of strategic initiatives and administrative tasks. Responsibilities include assisting with the staging of special events, outreach to the Museum’s Board of Trustees, government relations and institutional research. This position is best suited for a candidate eager to gain familiarity with the administrative responsibilities and strategic planning required for a career in nonprofit organizational management. 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 written and communication skills, as well as meticulous attention to detail are essential.

The Director’s Office internship is designed for college sophomores, juniors, seniors and recent graduates.

Education Internship

The Education Internship is an opportunity for the intern to develop an understanding of art and cultural education programming. The intern will work closely with Education department staff on the development and implementation of school, family, and youth programs as part of inHarlem, a set of initiatives designed to take the Museum beyond its walls, to encompass a wide range of artistic ventures, from site-specific artists’ projects, to programs in historic parks, libraries, schools and partner organizations in Harlem. Advanced planning for programs requires a great deal of organization, creativity, and research. The intern will research artists and artworks featured in artist projects and the permanent collection; develop discussion topics and art-making workshop ideas for programs; assist with content development for museum educator training materials; research performers, teaching artists, authors, and other potential program participants; and receive training on leading inquiry-based discussions around works of art. The intern will assist museum educators with workshops; spearhead outreach strategies; and perform day-to-day tasks and administrative support. Some evening and weekend hours are required of the position.

The Education Internship is designed for college sophomores, juniors, seniors, and master’s candidates who are preparing for careers in Art Education, Arts Administration, Fine Arts, Museum Studies, Art History, or related fields. Computer skills are essential.

Public Programs and Community Engagement Internship

The Public Programs and Community Engagement department curates accessible, art-inspired experiences, offering a broad range of opportunities that inspire creativity, incite dialogue and bring the Museum’s mission to life. From artist talks and panels, to hands-on workshops and screenings, our department unites the Museum’s diverse, adult audiences and connects them with living artists. Our intern will assist the department in researching, coordinating and producing public programs, community events and special projects. They will gain hands-on experience in arts administration, cultural partnership cultivation, coordinating program operations, and interfacing with a variety of stakeholders. As our department regularly interfaces with other Museum departments, the internship provides a unique opportunity to observe the many moving pieces involved in adult, museum education. The intern will be expected to be present at all public programs—which typically take place nights and weekends—and must possess excellent interpersonal skills, be proficient in research and writing, and be able to multitask whilst working independently.

The Public Programs and Community Engagement Internship is designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in Arts Administration, Museum Programming, Arts Education, or related fields.

Teen Programs Internship

The Teen Programs Intern will support the development and execution of the Studio Museum’s Teen Programs. The Intern will work closely with the Senior Coordinator of Teen Programs on research and development of Expanding the Walls, Teen Leadership Council, ArtLooks, and StudioWorks. The intern will have the opportunity to become familiar with the exhibitions on view; research artists, performers, authors and other potential teen program participants; play a lead role in the development and facilitation of Expanding the Walls workshops and public programs for teens; draft social media posts; and perform day-to-day tasks and administrative support.

The Teen Program Internship is designed for undergraduates preparing for careers in Art Education, Museum Education, Arts Administration, Fine Arts, Museum Studies, Art History, or related fields. Applicants should have a deep interest in programming for teens within cultural spaces/institutions.  Candidates must be well-versed in photography and the functions of the camera; be technologically savvy; and have a strong interest in facilitating teen programs and workshops. Candidate must be available to work at all teen programs, which include sessions on Saturdays.

Internship Program Application

Internships are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and individuals eligible to work in the United States without a VISA sponsorship. This means you are able to provide working papers to The Studio Museum in Harlem, which include your social security number. Currently the Museum does not provide VISA sponsorship.
For Design and Digital Media applicants only
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Provide a statement of intent (500 words or fewer) explaining reasons for applying to the program, what you hope to gain from the experience, and how it might enhance your education and career plans.
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One letter of recommendation from a person who knows you in a professional or academic capacity is required. Recommenders may also email their letter separately to internships@studiomuseum.org by the application deadline.
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