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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.  

Fall 2020 Season:

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 14-week internship pays a stipend of $2,520 for a minimum commitment of 12 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. If you have not heard back by Monday, August 31, 2020 you have not been considered for a position in the Fall 2020 cohort. Please feel free to apply again when positions become available. 

Spring 2021 Season

The next season of our internship program will be in Spring 2021, from January to May 2021. Applications will be available below, beginning in November 2020. The following departments will be hiring interns: Communications, Curatorial, Director’s Office, Education, and Public Programs & Community Engagement. For any questions regarding internships please feel free to email internships@studiomuseum.org 

Only individuals authorized to work for the Museum in the United States will be accepted into the internship program. The Museum might consider expressions of interest in providing volunteer services to the Museum from non–work authorized individuals. 


Communications Internship

The Communications and Digital Media 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 and visual branding, communications strategy, and media relations best practices.  

The intern will work on drafting social media graphics and other digital collateral for the institution’s administrative, programming, and exhibition needs. Will assist with digital engagement via the Studio Museum’s social media channels. Will assist with website content management, such as maintaining Studio Magazine online. Will assist with pulling Studio Museum press mentions, and will have the opportunity to work on a research project related to the website and user experience.  

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) and must be adept at using Adobe Creative Suite (specifically InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop). 

The Communications Internship is designed for 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 Internship

The Curatorial intern will be involved in a range of curatorial research projects under the direction of the Curatorial Assistants. A key component of this internship will be conducting research and writing for objects in the collection, as well as conducting research toward long-term exhibition and digital projects. Potential projects may also include maintaining digital archives, or completing administrative tasks for exhibition-related projects. Access to research resources is preferred. 

The Curatorial Internship is designed for current 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. 

Development Internship

The Development intern will work closely with members of the Development department to help with the Studio Museum’s institutional and individual fundraising efforts. Primary responsibilities include assisting with correspondence and research related to individual giving, 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.  

The Development Internship is designed for undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates interested in careers in Arts Administration, Marketing, or related fields. 

Education Internship

The Education Intern will work closely with department staff on a series of projects that contribute to the development of digital programs and online education content, enhancing opportunities for learning, connection, and leadership across communities. The Education Internship is an opportunity for interns to deepen their understanding of museum education and the impact of arts and cultural programming on society. The 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.  

Ongoing projects and tasks will include assisting with and participate 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 who are preparing for careers in Art Education, Museum Education, Arts Administration, Fine Arts, Art History, or related fields. 

Public Programs and Community Engagement Internship

The Public Programs & Community Engagement 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. The Public Programs 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.

The department is now focusing on digital programming and building out online resources for adult audiences. Additionally, as time and projects allow, they will gain hands-on experience in arts administration, cultural partnership cultivation, coordinating program operations, and interfacing with a variety of stakeholders. The internship provides a unique opportunity to observe the many moving pieces involved in adult, museum education.

The Public Programs & Community Engagement Internship is designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in Arts Administration, Museum Programming, Arts Education, or related fields. The intern must possess excellent interpersonal skills, be proficient in research and writing, and be able to multitask whilst working independently. 

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