Internships

Internships

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 projects with museum staff, interns engage in a series of meetings, workshops, offsite visits to arts and cultural institutions, and public programs.

Summer interns work alongside Studio Museum staff at administrative offices in Harlem as construction begins on our new building. Exhibitions and programming continues at partner sites through inHarlem, a dynamic set of collaborative programs in our neighborhood.

The following internships are be available for the Summer 2019 season: Communications, Curatorial, Development, Director’s Office, Education, Public Programs & Community Engagement, and Registrar.

Applicants may select a first and second choice for positions they would like to be considered for. Due to the high volume of applications, only candidates who have been selected for interviews will be contacted directly regarding their application status.

Summer 2019 Internship Season: Monday, June 3–Friday, August 9, 2019 (10 weeks)
Required commitment: Minimum 20 hours/week, during the work week
Stipend: $2500
Application deadline: Monday, March 4, 2019
Notification date: March 30, 2019


All interns must attend a mandatory internship orientation on the morning of June 3, 2019 to commence their program.

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.

Archives Internship

The Archives Intern will work closely with 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 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 seasonal publication; and assisting with website content management as needed. 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, proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (specifically InDesign and Photoshop) and online email marketing tools (Mailchimp).

The Communications Internship is designed for mature undergraduate, graduate students or recent graduate 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.

Development Internship

Development interns work closely with the Associate Director of Development and other 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, attending and assisting with opening receptions and other donor cultivation events on an as-needed basis, 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.

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

Registrar Internship

The Registrar Intern works under the direction and supervision of the Registrar. The intern is involved in a range of projects that assist and support the work of the Registrar, Senior Head Preparator, Curatorial team, and Archive team.

The Registrar Intern will primarily assist with data entry to permanent collection inventory system. Intern will scan and assist with processing of Registrar and Exhibition invoices as well as regularly attending Registrar and Exhibitions team meetings. The intern will additionally assist Archive team with material processing and organization as needed, create object files and compile information inside said files. Intern must will also additionally support permanent collection research projects directed by the Curatorial team when available.

The Registrar Intern is designed for mature undergraduate, graduate students or recent graduates that are interested in Registration, Archival practices, and/or art handling. Must demonstrate familiarity with The Museum System (TMS) or similar art database software. Candidates should have superior writing skills with a keen eye for detail, excellent interpersonal communication skills, and exceptional computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office. Must have an interest in and familiarity with global contemporary art and/or African-American art. Must be able to work in fast-paced environment, exhibit flexibility, and be able to travel between different office locations in Harlem.

Arts Intern

The Studio Museum also offers an Education Internship and a Curatorial Internship through Arts Intern, a program of Studio Institute, for the Summer 2019 season. Arts Intern provides opportunities for college undergraduates to learn about nonprofit arts professions through paid internships in museums and cultural institutions. For eligibility and application information regarding the Arts Intern positions, please visit the Arts Intern website and direct all Arts Intern-related inquiries to artsintern@studioinstitute.org.

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Archives Internship

The Archives Intern will work closely with 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 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 seasonal publication; and assisting with website content management as needed. 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, proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (specifically InDesign and Photoshop) and online email marketing tools (Mailchimp).

The Communications Internship is designed for mature undergraduate, graduate students or recent graduate 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.

Development Internship

Development interns work closely with the Associate Director of Development and other 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, attending and assisting with opening receptions and other donor cultivation events on an as-needed basis, 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.

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

Registrar Internship

The Registrar Intern works under the direction and supervision of the Registrar. The intern is involved in a range of projects that assist and support the work of the Registrar, Senior Head Preparator, Curatorial team, and Archive team.

The Registrar Intern will primarily assist with data entry to permanent collection inventory system. Intern will scan and assist with processing of Registrar and Exhibition invoices as well as regularly attending Registrar and Exhibitions team meetings. The intern will additionally assist Archive team with material processing and organization as needed, create object files and compile information inside said files. Intern must will also additionally support permanent collection research projects directed by the Curatorial team when available.

The Registrar Intern is designed for mature undergraduate, graduate students or recent graduates that are interested in Registration, Archival practices, and/or art handling. Must demonstrate familiarity with The Museum System (TMS) or similar art database software. Candidates should have superior writing skills with a keen eye for detail, excellent interpersonal communication skills, and exceptional computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office. Must have an interest in and familiarity with global contemporary art and/or African-American art. Must be able to work in fast-paced environment, exhibit flexibility, and be able to travel between different office locations in Harlem.

Arts Intern

The Studio Museum also offers an Education Internship and a Curatorial Internship through Arts Intern, a program of Studio Institute, for the Summer 2019 season. Arts Intern provides opportunities for college undergraduates to learn about nonprofit arts professions through paid internships in museums and cultural institutions. For eligibility and application information regarding the Arts Intern positions, please visit the Arts Intern website and direct all Arts Intern-related inquiries to artsintern@studioinstitute.org.

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