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The Studio Museum in Harlem's internship program provides college undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates with a wide range of experiences designed to provide insight into the workings of a professional museum environment. In addition to working on meaningful, engaging projects with museum staff, interns engage in a series of meetings and workshops around contemporary museology.  

Our programming space, Studio Museum 127, and offices remain temporarily closed as we continue to monitor the challenges posed by the spread of the novel coronavirus. We have moved our internships online for the foreseeable future. Our digitally adapted fourteen week internship pays a stipend of $2,520 for a minimum commitment of twelve hours per week. Access to a computer and stable internet connection is required. Only candidates who have been selected for interviews will be contacted directly regarding their application status. Applicants will be notified about interviews by December 28, 2020. If you have not heard back before that date you have not been considered as a finalist for the Spring 2021 cohort.

Spring 2021 Season

The application for the Spring 2021 internship is now closed.

The Spring 2021 internship will run from January 25, 2021—April 30, 2021 (fourteen-weeks). The following seven internship positions will be available in the Spring 2021 season: Communications, Design & Digital Media, Curatorial, Director’s Office, Education, Teen Programs, and Public Programs & Community Engagement

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.

All interns must attend an online orientation day, the morning of January 25, 2020, to commence their program. Interns are expected to provide their own computer to ensure participation in the remote internship. As part of the internship experience, there are dedicated professional development sessions that are scheduled for Wednesday evenings throughout February.

Application Deadline: 11:59 PM on Monday, November 30, 2020.


Communications Department (Two positions)

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 will assist with pulling Studio Museum press mentions and interacting with press requests weekly.  The 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.

The Design & Digital Media Intern will assist the Communications Department with the creation of print and digital assets, image optimization on our website, content management (such as maintaining the Studio magazine pages) and asset management, and social media upkeep and digital engagement via the Studio Museum’s social media channels. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about visual branding and identity creation on numerous scales for the institution’s programming and exhibitions. The intern will work on one Museum catalogue over the course of their internship as well as work on a research project related to the creation of the Museum's new website.

Applicants must possess excellent writing and communication skills, superb attention to detail, be highly organized, and able to work independently. Must demonstrate familiarity with social media and online email marketing tools (Mailchimp) and must be adept at using Adobe Creative Suite (specifically InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop). The Media and Communications Internships are designed for mature undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates interested in careers in Arts Communications, Media Studies, Social Marketing, Design, or related fields. If available, please provide a link to your design portfolio in the application.

Curatorial Department (One 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 in the collection, as well as conducting researching exhibition thematics that will be on the website or for future exhibitions. Potential projects may also include maintaining digital archives or completing administrative tasks for exhibition-related projects. Interns will work directly with curators and assistants. Access to research resources is strongly preferred.

The Curatorial Internship position 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 and work independently.

Director's Office Department (One position)

The Director’s Office Intern will assist in developing  and executing 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 might include institutional history research, archival development, and logistical support. 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 considering careers in the arts administration sector are encouraged to apply. Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite is required. Excellent research, writing, communication skills, and meticulous attention to detail, are essential.

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

Education Department (Two positions)

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 developing  digital programs and online education content, enhancing opportunities for learning, connection, and leadership across communities. The Education Intern will perform research informed by their 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. 

Ongoing projects and tasks will include assisting with and in online Education programs, creating and editing permanent collection-based lesson plans and other online resources, attending Education and cross-department meetings, and monthly supervision with the Manager of Education Programs.  

The ideal candidate will possess excellent organizational skills, creativity, and a passion for research. The Education Internship is designed for third- and fourth-year undergraduates, recent graduates, and master’s candidates  preparing for careers in Art Education, Museum Education, Arts Administration, Fine Arts, Art History, or related fields.

The Teen Programs Intern will work closely with the Teen Programs Senior Coordinator on research and development of Expanding the Walls (ETW), Teen Leadership Council (TLC), Art Looks, and Studio Works. 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 developing  and facilitating  ETW workshops, lesson plans and public programs for teens; draft social media posts; and perform day-to-day tasks and administrative support. 

The Teen Programs Intern must be available to work a minimum of twelve hours per week, including ETW and TLC sessions. The Teen Program Internship is designed for high school graduates  preparing for careers in Art Education, Museum Education, Arts Administration, Fine Arts, Museum Studies, Art History, or related fields and hold a deep interest in programming for teens within cultural spaces/institutions. 

Public Programs and Community Engagement Department (One position)

The Public Programs & 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 to hands-on workshops, screenings, and performances, our department  unites the Museum’s diverse adult audiences. Our Department’s goal is to break the barriers and expand the points of entry for publics to connect with art and artists. We do this by approaching programming from a multi-faceted and multi-genre approach.  As a result of COVID-19 health and safety precautions, in-person public programs have paused in favor of digital programming. The department  is now focusing on building out online resources for adult audiences. Our intern will pursue independent research to develop thematic learning guides and DIY art activities inspired by the Museum’s permanent collection , archives as well as Harlem history. Additionally, as time and projects allow, they will gain hands-on experience in arts administration, cultural partnership cultivation, coordinating program operations, and interfacing with various  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 must possess excellent interpersonal skills, be proficient in research and writing, and be able to multitask  while working independently.

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