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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.  

As we continue to monitor the challenges posed by the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), The Studio the Museum in Harlem has temporarily closed its programming space, Studio 127, and its offices. Our top priority is guaranteeing the safety of each member of our community, our audiences, our committed team and their families. While continuing to work remotely, we will resume our Summer 2021 Internship Program with an entirely online and remote opportunity for the duration of the 10-week program. Interns are expected to provide their own devices for remote work.   

Summer 2021 Season

The Summer 2021 internship will run from June 7 – August 13, 2021. The following eight internship positions will be available the Summer 2021 season: Communications, Design & Digital MediaCuratorialDevelopmentDirector’s Office, EducationTeen 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. 

Applicants are required to submit the following for consideration:  

  • Resume  
  • Writing Sample (no more than 5 pages)  
  • Up to 2 minute video (max) that discusses your interest in the Studio Museum, the specific position you’ve applied for, and how an internship would impact your career.  


Dates and Details 

Summer 2021 Dates: June 7 – August 13, 2021 (10-weeks) 

Requirements: Minimum 14 hours/week, during the workweek.  

Stipend: $2100  

Application Deadline: 11:59 PM on March 28, 2021 

Applicants will receive a notification about interviews by May 10, 2021. If you have not heard back before that date, you have not been considered a finalist for the Summer 2021 cohort. 

All interns must attend an online orientation day on the morning of June 7, 2021, 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 scheduled for Tuesday evenings throughout July.

Please let us know if you have any accessibility barriers to submitting your application. Please email internships@studiomuseum.org with your request and we will accommodate your request as promptly as we can. 

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 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)

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 permanent collection, as well as conducting research for 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 be interested 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 Department (one position)

Development Intern will work closely with 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, 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 Department (One position)

Director’s Office Intern will assist in the development and execution of 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, 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 Department (Two positions)

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 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 under 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. 

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 the development and facilitation of ETW workshops, lesson plans, and public programs for teens; draft social media posts; and perform day-to-day tasks and administrative support.  

Teen Programs Intern must be available to work a minimum of 14 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 and institutions.   

Public Programs and Community Engagement Department (One position)

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. The Public Programs and 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. 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. 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 careers in Arts Administration, Museum Programming, Arts Education, or related fields.  

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