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, public programs, and offsite visits to arts and cultural institutions.
Interns are required to commit a minimum of 20 hours a week during the work week. 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.
Upcoming Internship Program Information:
The Studio Museum offers internships in conjunction with the academic calendar year. Applications are currently closed for the Fall 2019 season. Decisions for the Fall 2019 season will be made between August 26–30, 2019.
Our next application cycle is for the Spring 2020 season. The application form and a full description of each internship position will be posted on this page by October 14, 2019. The deadline for Spring 2020 applications will be December 2, 2020. The Spring 2020 program is 14 weeks in duration and will take place from January 27–May 1, 2020.
The following internships will be available for the Spring 2020 season: Accounting & Finance, Communications, Curatorial, Director’s Office, Development, Education, Public Programs & Community Engagement, and Registrar. Please note that we allow applicants to select a first and second choice for positions they would like to be considered for.
If you have any questions about internships, please email firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.