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Work with MoMA curators and educators and gain experience in the museum field.

  • Learn about our mission, collections, and organizational systems
  • Gain practical and theoretical training in museum work
  • Contemplate the role of museums in contemporary society
  • Work closely with a member of the MoMA staff
  • Attend curator talks and a weekly lecture series
Step 1

Choose an Internship

Step 2

Download an Application

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About MoMA Internships


Seasonal Internships

The Seasonal Internship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students and beginning professionals with practical experience in a specific area of museum work at The Museum of Modern Art. In addition to departmental work, each Tuesday interns participate in professional development activities designed to increase understanding of the Museum's various collections, exhibitions, and departments. The Museum hosts approximately 40 interns per season in just about every department. Participants may arrange for academic credit through their school, but it is certainly not a requirement. These are unpaid internships with the exception of the one Carole Kismaric Mikolaycak Internship in Publications, which is offered during the spring program.

Learn more about Seasonal Internships

12-Month Internships

Full-time, 12-Month internships with stipends are offered for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a museum career. The focused departmental training is integrated with the fall, spring, and summer lecture series and complemented with financial provisions for the interns to attend an international art event related to their field of interest. 12-Month internships provide training in specific museum fields through close work with a professional staff member, familiarity with modern and contemporary art through seminars and discussions, and an educational program that exposes interns to the workings of the Museum as a whole and considers the role of museums in the broader cultural context. 12-Month interns will also be given the opportunity to develop and regularly deliver public gallery talks about the Museum's collection.

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Seasonal Internships

Summer 2014 Internships

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Summer internships require a minimum commitment of three days per week, one of which must be Tuesday. These internships are offered during the traditional summer break. One must have a minimum of two years of college completed (or equivalent) by summer 2014 in order to apply.

Length

Ten weeks

2014 term

June 3–August 8, 2014

Application Deadline

February 3, 2014

Decision Notification

by April 11, 2014

Required Commitment
Three days per week minimum (full-time optional). In order to attend all internship activities, one work day must be Tuesday.
Stipend

This is an unpaid internship

Fall 2014 Internships

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Fall internships require a minimum commitment of two days per week, one of which must be Tuesday. These internships are offered during the school year, coinciding with the fall semester. One must have a minimum of two years of college completed (or equivalent) by Fall 2014 in order to apply.

Length

Fourteen weeks

2014 term

September 9–December 12, 2014

Application Deadline

May 21, 2014

Decision Notification

by August 5, 2014

Required Commitment
Two days per week minimum (full-time optional). In order to attend all internship activities, one work day must be Tuesday.
Stipend

This is an unpaid internship

Spring 2015 Internships

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Spring internships require a minimum commitment of two days per week, one of which must be Tuesday. These internships are offered during the school year, coinciding with the spring semester. One must have a minimum of one and a half years of college completed (or equivalent) by January 2015 in order to apply.

Length

Fourteen weeks

2015 term

January 20–April 24, 2015

Application Deadline

October 10, 2014

Decision Notification

by December 8, 2014

Required Commitment
Two days per week minimum (full-time optional). In order to attend all internship activities, one work day must be Tuesday.
Stipend
This is an unpaid internship.

Spring 2015 Internship in Publications:
Carole Kismaric Mikolaycak Internship

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The Carole Kismaric Mikolaycak Internship is a full-time, 14-week paid internship. Working with curators and editors on a forthcoming Museum publication, the intern's tasks may range from research, writing, editing, and design, to printing and publication. To apply for this internship, list Publications as one of your department choices on your spring internship application. There is one Carole Kismaric Mikolaycak Internship available for spring 2015. One must have a minimum of one and a half years of college completed (or equivalent) by January 2015 in order to apply.

Length

Fourteen weeks

2015 term

January 20–April 24, 2015

Application Deadline

October 10, 2014

Decision Notification

by December 8, 2014

Required Commitment
Full time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Stipend
Based on available funding; usually $2,000–3,000 for the 14-week term.

Summer 2015 Internships

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Summer internships require a minimum commitment of three days per week, one of which must be Tuesday. These internships are offered during the traditional summer break. One must have a minimum of two years of college completed (or equivalent) by summer 2015 in order to apply.

Length

Ten weeks

2015 term

June 2–August 7, 2015

Application Deadline

February 2, 2015

Decision Notification

by April 7, 2015

Required Commitment
Three days per week minimum (full-time optional). In order to attend all internship activities, one work day must be Tuesday.
Stipend

This is an unpaid internship

12-Month Internships, 2014–2015

Below are the descriptions and requirements for the 12-Month Internship positions for 2014–15. All internships begin on September 8, 2014, and conclude on September 4, 2015, except the Museum Archives Dedalus Fellowship.


Department of Architecture and Design Internship

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015
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Description: The intern will assist with a major MoMA exhibition and publication, Modern Architecture in Latin America 1955–1980 (working title) (April 4–July 12, 2015). Responsibilities include assisting with researching and clearing image rights for exhibition and digital use; handling written correspondence and project inquiries with internal and external parties; assisting with loan documentation; assisting with the organization, documentation, and cataloging of works for inclusion in the exhibition; helping collate and route object labels and explanatory texts through internal approvals; assisting with planning and logistics for the exhibition opening reception; helping coordinate with external and internal parties for a symposium as part of the exhibition-related public programming; and assisting curatorial staff with the management of a high volume of exhibition-related tasks and inquiries. The exhibition’s primary focus will be architecture. Films, photographs, drawings, prints, and works in other mediums will also be included. The exhibition will include a number of loaned works from archives, many on view for the first time. While the exhibition focuses on the period of 1955 to 1980 in most of the countries of Latin America, it is introduced by an ample prelude on the preceding three decades of architectural developments in the region.

Requirements: An ideal candidate will have experience working in curatorial and research settings. The intern will have completed scholarly research for academic and/or museum projects, and have a working knowledge of best practices in curatorial procedures (creating and refining a checklist, generating object labels and wall texts). Reading/writing proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese preferred. The candidate should have exceptional organizational and communication skills; demonstrated ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines; and be able to take the initiative. Bachelor’s degree in art history or architecture and/or knowledge of modern Latin America required. Graduate coursework is a plus. The intern will report to Barry Bergdoll, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design.

Dates of 2014–15 term

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015

Application Deadline

May 23, 2014

Applicant Notification

July 21, 2014

Required Commitment
Full-time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Eligibility
Recent graduates of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. The Museum encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. International candidates are eligible to apply.
Stipend
Approximately a $22,000 stipend. Stipend is “gross” and subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $1,500 to cover travel expenses and registration fees for one approved professional conference are also included.

The Louise Bourgeois Internship
Department of Drawings and Prints

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015
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Description: The intern will participate in the essential activities of a curatorial department, which may include assisting the staff in the following areas: collection management, acquisitions, loans, exhibition research and catalogue production, and administration. The collection of prints and illustrated books, numbering some 55,000 objects, is housed within the department offices, so the intern has the opportunity to work directly with art objects, after requisite conservation training. In addition, the intern will work in the department’s Study Center, which services approximately 1,000 visitors per year (including classes), and is integral to its curatorial mission. In general, the intern will be involved with various aspects of the department programs, under the guidance of the curatorial and administrative staff, with hopes of fostering his or her future involvement in the field of prints and illustrated books. This internship is named in honor of artist Louise Bourgeois, whose extensive work in printmaking comprises an archive within the Museum’s collection.

Requirements: The ideal candidate has an art history background (MA candidates preferred), reading knowledge of one foreign language, and a demonstrated interest through pertinent work, internship, or volunteer opportunities. Any previous experience working in a museum or gallery setting, or specifically with works on paper, is preferred.

Dates of 2014–15 term

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015

Application Deadline

May 23, 2014

Applicant Notification

July 21, 2014

Required Commitment
Full-time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Eligibility
Recent graduates of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. The Museum encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. International candidates are eligible to apply.
Stipend
Approximately a $22,000 stipend. Stipend is “gross” and subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $1,500 to cover travel expenses and registration fees for one approved professional conference are also included.

The Modern Women’s Fund Internship
Department of Drawings and Office of the Chief Curator at Large

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015
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Description: The intern works closely with the Department of Prints and Drawings and the Office of the Chief Curator at Large, conducting research on an exhibition that opens in 2015. The intern compiles and organizes research materials, inputs data, and performs any other duties related to the exhibition. Under the guidance of the curatorial and administrative staff, the intern may also support various tasks across departments.

Requirements: The ideal candidate has an art history background (MA candidates preferred), and a demonstrated interest in curatorial practice through pertinent work, internship, or volunteer opportunities. Superb attention to detail, the ability to multitask and prioritize, and excellent research, communication, and organizational skills are essential. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other standard office procedures and equipment. Experience with museum database systems is a plus.

Dates of 2014–15 term

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015

Application Deadline

May 23, 2014

Applicant Notification

July 21, 2014

Required Commitment
Full-time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Eligibility
Recent graduates of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. The Museum encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. International candidates are eligible to apply.
Stipend
Approximately a $22,000 stipend. Stipend is “gross” and subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $1,500 to cover travel expenses and registration fees for one approved professional conference are also included.

Department of Painting and Sculpture Internship

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015
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Description: The intern will work across this curatorial department, assisting with a wide range of projects, from researching works in the Museum’s collection to helping to organize upcoming exhibitions. The intern will perform general administrative tasks for the department and may also participate in facilitating the acquisitions process and in the planning of gallery changes.

Requirements: The ideal candidate has a demonstrated interest in curatorial practice. Attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and the ability to multitask and prioritize are essential. Strong research skills are a plus. Background in art history with coursework in modern art preferred. Foreign language fluency a plus.

Dates of 2014–15 term

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015

Application Deadline

May 23, 2014

Applicant Notification

July 21, 2014

Required Commitment
Full-time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Eligibility
Recent graduates of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. The Museum encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. International candidates are eligible to apply.
Stipend
Approximately a $22,000 stipend. Stipend is “gross” and subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $1,500 to cover travel expenses and registration fees for one approved professional conference are also included.

The Friends of Education Internship
Department of Photography

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015
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This internship is supported by MoMA's Friends of Education, a Museum affiliate group dedicated to supporting African American and African diaspora artists and audience development at the Museum.

Description: The intern will work across this curatorial department, conducting research on a wide range of topics, from works in the Museum’s collection to upcoming exhibition subjects. The intern will also assist with general administrative tasks for the department. The intern may also participate in facilitating the acquisitions process and in the planning of gallery changes. A part of the collection of photographs, numbering some 30,000 objects, is housed within the department offices, so the intern will have the opportunity to work directly with art objects, after requisite conservation training. In addition, the intern will work in the department’s Study Center. In general, the intern will be involved with various aspects of the department programs, under the guidance of the curatorial and administrative staff, with hopes of fostering his or her future involvement in the field of photography.

Requirements: The ideal candidate has an art history and/or photography history background (MA candidates preferred), strong research skills, reading knowledge of one foreign language, and the ability to multitask and prioritize. Any previous experience working in a museum or gallery setting, or specifically with photographs, is preferred.

Dates of 2014–15 term

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015

Application Deadline

May 23, 2014

Applicant Notification

July 21, 2014

Required Commitment
Full-time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Eligibility
Recent graduates of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. The Museum encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. International candidates are eligible to apply.
Stipend
Approximately a $22,000 stipend. Stipend is “gross” and subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $1,500 to cover travel expenses and registration fees for one approved professional conference are also included.

Digital Learning Internship
Department of Education

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015
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Description: The intern is integral to the creation of videos and other multimedia-based content and the coordination of media resources for digital delivery by MoMA's Department of Education. Working closely with two other team members, including the Director of Digital Learning, the intern will gain hands-on experience in creating, maintaining, and supporting online courses for both MoMA Courses Online and Coursera platforms. Over the course of the year, the intern will also contribute to team efforts in evaluation, prototyping, teaching, iterative development, quality assurance, customer service, tech support, social media, and marketing.

Requirements: The ideal candidate possesses strong organizational and media production skills, with a career objective to gain valuable production experience in a large, fast-paced art institution. Essential skills include: 1. Competence in editing video using applications such as Photoshop, iMovie, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Garageband, Audacity, and Screenflow (or other screen-capture applications). 2. Facility with blogging applications and/or content management systems such as Blogger or Wordpress. 3. Familiarity with cloud storage and media delivery systems like iTunes, Vimeo, YouTube, and Dropbox. 4. Experience with using online learning environments, such as Coursera, Blackboard, or Moodle. Familiarity with the history or practice of art, as well as an interest in education, will distinguish the application.

Dates of 2014–15 term

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015

Application Deadline

May 23, 2014

Applicant Notification

July 21, 2014

Required Commitment
Full-time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Eligibility
Recent graduates of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. The Museum encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. International candidates are eligible to apply.
Stipend
Approximately a $22,000 stipend. Stipend is “gross” and subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $1,500 to cover travel expenses and registration fees for one approved professional conference are also included.

Public Programs Internship
Department of Education

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015
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Description: The intern will provide support to the Adult and Academic Programs area of the Department of Education. Tasks include coordinating monthly gallery talks, maintaining daily correspondence, assisting in research and set-up for evening programs, and liaising with program participants, MoMA staff, volunteers, and Audio Visual staff. The intern will learn all of the details implicit in making a program run successfully, including marketing and ticketing. The intern will also have the opportunity to put together his or her own program, executing all of the steps of organizing a program from conception to realization.

Requirements: The ideal candidate has the ability to multitask, is extremely organized, and is able to successfully execute both administrative and research-oriented projects. The intern works collaboratively and helps to create new ways for audiences to engage with modern and contemporary art. The position requires a candidate who enjoys interacting with the public and with a range of staff and program participants, and who confronts last-minute, logistical, or personnel challenges with ease. The intern must be available to work at public programs in the evenings.

Dates of 2014–15 term

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015

Application Deadline

May 23, 2014

Applicant Notification

July 21, 2014

Required Commitment
Full-time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Eligibility
Recent graduates of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. The Museum encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. International candidates are eligible to apply.
Stipend
Approximately a $22,000 stipend. Stipend is “gross” and subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $1,500 to cover travel expenses and registration fees for one approved professional conference are also included.

Office of the Director Internship

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015
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Description: The intern performs general administrative duties, which include routing phone and e-mail traffic. Supports Director, Chief of Staff, and Assistant to the Director. Answers phone calls, drafts correspondence, maintains file system, and opens and sorts all mail. Responds to general inquiries on behalf of the department, ensuring communication is accurate, timely, and consistent with other Museum initiatives. Maintains general organization of office in accordance with records management policies. Serves as a first point to contact and liaison for all Director’s Office contacts, including MoMA and MoMA PS1 trustees, staff, artists, scholars, dealers, and art world professionals.

Requirements: Organized, articulate, and professional. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and other standard office procedures and equipment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment. Must be extremely detail oriented, work well under pressure, and have the ability to multitask. Ability to maintain composure in a sometimes stressful environment is a must. High level of diplomacy, judgment, and accountability.

Dates of 2014–15 term

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015

Application Deadline

May 23, 2014

Applicant Notification

July 21, 2014

Required Commitment
Full-time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Eligibility
Recent graduates of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. The Museum encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. International candidates are eligible to apply.
Stipend
Approximately a $22,000 stipend. Stipend is “gross” and subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $1,500 to cover travel expenses and registration fees for one approved professional conference are also included.

Research and Development Internship

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015
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Description: The intern will assist the Director of Research and Development, Paola Antonelli, in all areas. He/she will perform administrative and research tasks in the context of R&D functions; coordinate interactions with other museum departments and committees; research topics, companies, individuals, and technologies of immediate and long-term relevance to R&D and to the Museum; keep track of pertinent topics in publications, blogs, and social networks; prepare mailings and briefings for selected MoMA staff; and maintain a website for the R&D department. The intern will coordinate a group of R&D advisors and organize meetings of various scales and types, from one-on-one interviews to private salons and public symposia. He/she will act as a liaison with other areas of the Museum, such as curatorial departments, Digital Media and IT, Marketing and Communications, Development, Membership, Retail, and the offices of the COO, the Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, and the CFO.

Requirements: Academic background in communication, journalism, design criticism, or a similarly composed curriculum that combines innovation, communication, and design. Knowledgeable and self-assured in using contemporary media. Technologically up to date and conversant with design, especially interfaces and interaction. Excellent writing, communication, research, and organizational skills. Highly motivated with attention to detail. Computer and mobile skills (Google Docs, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Keynote, Twitter, basic Photoshop, and InDesign). Enthusiasm in working with a team and ability to manage multiple projects. Two years of experience in coordinating projects such as conferences or symposia preferred.

Dates of 2014–15 term

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015

Application Deadline

May 23, 2014

Applicant Notification

July 21, 2014

Required Commitment
Full-time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Eligibility
Recent graduates of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. The Museum encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. International candidates are eligible to apply.
Stipend
Approximately a $22,000 stipend. Stipend is “gross” and subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $1,500 to cover travel expenses and registration fees for one approved professional conference are also included.

Museum Archives Dedalus Fellowship (two years)

September 8, 2014–September 2, 2016
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Description: The Dedalus Fellowship is a unique opportunity for an emerging art historian to be trained in archival work. The fellow will be responsible for the department’s work on audio and visual recordings. First, the fellow will process all new acquisitions. Second, the fellow will manage an ongoing project to conserve and reformat rare and fragile sound recordings. This includes working with an outside audio preservation laboratory. In addition, the fellow will assist with select unprocessed collections of archival documents, preparing inventories and performing routine preservation measures. The fellow will also assist the Museum Archives staff with general reference and research functions, basic preservation tasks, and the daily activities of this extremely active department. The Museum Archives includes over 6,000 linear feet of important primary source material and responds to over 4,000 research requests annually.

Requirements: The ideal candidate must have a BA in art history and familiarity with modern art, strong organizational skills, research and writing skills, computer proficiency, and an interest in learning about the Museum and in acquiring professional archival skills. Attention to detail is crucial.

Dates of 2014–15 term

September 8, 2014–September 2, 2016

Application Deadline

May 23, 2014

Applicant Notification

July 21, 2014

Required Commitment
Full-time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Eligibility
Recent graduates of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. The Museum encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. International candidates are eligible to apply.
Stipend
The annual stipend is $30,000 “gross” and subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation per year, and an additional $1,500 to cover travel expenses and registration fees for one approved professional conference are also included.

Two 12-Month Internships supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

As a sponsor of the J-1 visa program, the Museum is committed to providing opportunities for international students and emerging professionals to learn about the practices and organizational systems of an American museum. To this end, with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, MoMA is accepting applications for two 12-month internships for Greek nationals:

1) Community and Access Programs Internship, Department of Education
2) Department of Film Internship

Details are listed below:


Community and Access Programs Internship
Department of Education

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015
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Description: The intern will organize and coordinate various Access Programs, including those for individuals who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, or have developmental disabilities or Alzheimer’s disease. The intern will coordinate volunteers, sign language interpreters, captioners, and educators related to Education programs, and will help to administer programs across the department. This intern will also be responsible for office tasks such as managing art supply inventory and orders, documenting programs and partnerships, taking reservations for programs, and transcribing materials for exhibitions and videos. Finally, the intern will have the opportunity to participate in educator training and teach in the galleries.

Requirements: The ideal candidate must have an interest in accessible art museum programming, enjoy interacting with the public, and have experience working with people with disabilities or community groups. The candidate should have the ability to multitask, be extremely organized, and be able to successfully execute both administrative and program-oriented projects. Fluency in a foreign language, including American Sign Language, is preferable. Applicants must be Greek nationals; please see message above.

Dates of 2014–15 term

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015

Application Deadline

May 23, 2014

Applicant Notification

July 21, 2014

Required Commitment
Full-time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Eligibility
Recent graduates of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. Applicants must be Greek nationals; please see message above.
Stipend
Approximately a $22,000 stipend. Stipend is “gross” and subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $1,500 to cover travel expenses and registration fees for one approved professional conference are also included.

Department of Film Internship

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015
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Description: The intern participates in the entire spectrum of curatorial activities that the Department of Film engages in, from exhibition planning and execution to working with the Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center. The intern will assist in collection refinement with the archive team, an upcoming project to produce a DVD of films in the MoMA collection, and various film exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the intern assists various curatorial and administrative staff of the department in all aspects of film operations.

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have a liberal arts academic background and a general knowledge of film and film culture. Any previous experience working in a museum is helpful, but is not essential. Applicants must be Greek nationals; please see message above.

Dates of 2014–15 term

September 8, 2014–September 4, 2015

Application Deadline

May 23, 2014

Applicant Notification

July 21, 2014

Required Commitment
Full-time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Eligibility
Recent graduates of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. Applicants must be Greek nationals; please see message above.
Stipend
Approximately a $22,000 stipend. Stipend is “gross” and subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $1,500 to cover travel expenses and registration fees for one approved professional conference are also included.
MoMA Departments

Below are brief descriptions of the departments at MoMA that may offer internships.

We do our best to match an intern’s experience and skill with departmental needs. However, as all departments do not offer internships during each term, and as available internships shift on a term-by-term basis, we are unable to inform you which departments are offering internships during specific terms. If you are accepted to the Internship Program, we will do our best to place you in one of the departments you list.


Curatorial Affairs

Architecture and Design: Collect, manage, and exhibit architectural drawings and models, design objects, and graphic design works.

Drawings and Prints: Collect, manage, and exhibit modern and contemporary drawings and prints.

Film: Collect, manage, and exhibit film. The department consists of the following divisions: Film Archive, Film Study Center, Circulating Film Library, Exhibitions, and Programming.

Media and Performance Art: Collect and exhibit contemporary time-based art.

Painting and Sculpture: Collect, manage, and exhibit modern and contemporary painting and sculpture.

Photography: Collect, manage, and exhibit modern and contemporary photography.

Publications: Edit and produce MoMA books and exhibition catalogues, brochures, and wall text.

Education and Research Support

Education: Conduct programs to help audiences of all ages and backgrounds interact with modern and contemporary art.

MoMA Archives: Organize and preserve MoMA’s historical records and make them available for research.

Library: Support the research needs of the MoMA staff and members of the public.

Exhibitions and Collection Support

Conservation: Provide care for collections and technical research on paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and design objects.

Exhibition Design and Production: Work closely with a curatorial team and/or artist to design and develop an exhibit—from a concept through to a physical, three-dimensional exhibition. Coordinate and oversee multiple disciplines such as graphic design, audiovisual engineering, digital media, and lighting technicians to produce the finished product.

Exhibition Planning and Administration: Oversee all exhibition-related administration, including budgets, planning, and coordination.

Collection and Exhibition Technologies (CE-Tech): Manage the centralized database of collection and exhibition information and associated projects. Provide information management standards, reports, and information support to Museum departments, including curatorial, registrar, exhibition design and production, art handling, imaging services, conservation, education, graphic design, publications, director's office, general counsel, communications, and visitor services.

Collection Management and Exhibition Registration (CMER): Coordinate the packing, shipping, storage, insurance, and documentation of works of art in the permanent collection as well as those on loan for temporary exhibitions.

Imaging and Visual Resources: Produce photographic materials of works of art in the collection.

External Affairs

Development: Find sources of funding for the operational budget and programs. Development includes foundations, corporate and government support, as well as the Capital Campaign for MoMA’s Building Project.

Membership: Design and conduct programs to enhance members’ understanding and appreciation of MoMA collections, exhibitions, and activities.

Special Programming and Events: Plan and coordinate exhibition opening receptions and internal and corporate events.

Affiliate Programs (Contemporary Arts Council and Junior Associates): Support MoMA’s ongoing activities and organize special programs designed for its members and for the young patrons of the arts.

Marketing and Communications

Communications: Help MoMA liaise with the media.

Graphic Design: Supervise and produce graphics, including exhibition and corporate graphics, signage, ephemera, and advertising. Applicants must send design samples.

Marketing: Define, develop, and place MoMA advertising and promotions.

Administrative Departments

Accounting: Assist with the Museum’s interim and year end audit work, help with day to day accounting functions (including input and analysis) related to various areas including cash, investments and donor funds.

Director’s Office: Directly oversee Deputy Directors, the Building Project, and ongoing MoMA activities. Be responsible for MoMA’s strategic direction and relationships with MoMA officers and Trustees.

International Program: Coordinate a wide variety of initiatives aimed at facilitating cultural and professional exchange with museums and other visual arts institutions around the world. Manage traveling exhibitions from the MoMA collections, workshops for museum professionals, publications, education and conservation programs, professional assistance to museums, lectures and symposia, exchanges of library materials, and international travel for staff members.

Information Technology

Digital Media: Produce all aspects of the MoMA website, including managing images and media, assisting with exhibition websites, and updating educational resources.

Retail

MoMA Retail is a multi-channel business including retail stores (NY and Tokyo), an e-commerce site, mail order catalog and wholesale as well as various business licensing partnerships. See descriptions below:

Business Development: The Business Development Department is responsible for identifying, developing, and securing new sources of income for the Museum including business partnerships, licensing opportunities, and multi-channel product development programs.

Creative and Marketing: The Creative and Marketing division encompasses advertising, promotions, graphic design, production, publicity and visual merchandising. Its function is to provide creative direction and marketing support for the MoMA retail brand identity. Applicants must send design samples.

Direct Response: The Direct Response Group brings the MoMA shopping experience to customers at home via a Mail Order Catalog and E-Commerce website.

Merchandising: The Merchandising Department buys and/or develops products sold in all selling venues. The product categories include books, paper products (posters, postcards, note cards, calendars, holiday cards, and stationery), fashion accessories (including bags, scarves, and wallets), jewelry, tabletop, kitchen, furniture, lighting, kids, desk accessories and design objects in virtually all giftware categories.

How to Apply


There is a standard application process for the Fall, Spring, and Summer internship programs. Please submit the following materials, in a single package, in the following order:

Internship Application Materials

1. Application
Completed application form. Refer to the list of MoMA departments (in Departments tab, above) in order to list your departmental preferences. List specific departments rather than general headings. Here is an example of the correct format:

a. Photography
b. Development
c. Education

2. Résumé
Your résumé/curriculum vitae.

3. Essays
There is one required essay listed on the application form. It should be no longer than 750 words.

4. Letter of recommendation
Send in one letter of recommendation from an academic or professional reference. Be sure to allow your recommender ample time to write the recommendation; we require that letters of recommendation be sent along with other application materials by the deadline. Visit Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

5. Transcript
Send in transcripts of undergraduate and graduate records. We accept either official or unofficial transcripts. If you do not have access to an unofficial transcript, allow enough time to order a transcript from your college or university so that you will be able to send it with your other application materials by the deadline. Visit Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

6. Samples of Design Work
If you are applying for an internship in the 1) Graphic Design or 2) Retail, Creative and Marketing departments, you must submit five samples of your design work. If you have an online portfolio, include the link on both the application form and your resume/CV. If your portfolio is not accessible online, send two copies of a CD-ROM containing these samples with your other application materials. (We won’t be able to return these CDs.) Do not submit any extra materials, such as extra writing samples or artwork. (If you’re not planning on applying for an internship in these departments, skip this step.)

Mail application materials to:

MoMA
Attn: Internship Coordinator
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019

Each internship term has its own application deadline and decision notification date. The deadline date refers to the date by which applications must be postmarked. We understand that applications sent from overseas will take longer to arrive in our office; it’s not necessary to submit your application via express mail. We will not review applications postmarked after the deadline, and we will only review complete applications. You will receive confirmation by e-mail within four weeks of the application deadline only if we have received all of your materials. It is your responsibility to submit your application fully and on time.

Select applicants will be contacted to arrange interviews. The majority of interviews will be conducted over the phone. If we request an interview with you, we will e-mail you to arrange a convenient date and time for you.

Do not contact MoMA about scheduling an informational interview. Due to the high volume of applications and interest, we do not have the available resources or staff to conduct informational interviews.

Application Steps

  1. Download the 12-Month application form.
  2. Using Adobe Acrobat Reader, fill out the application form completely. Note that you should list only ONE internship position. Essays (no more than five hundred words each) should be written directly in the given spaces on the application form. You may add space/pages to fit your text. Résumés/curricula vitae (no more than two pages) can be written directly in the given space on the application form or sent as a separate attachment (PDF or Word).
  3. Save your completed application form as a PDF file. Note: If you use a program other than Adobe Acrobat Reader, your PDF file may not save properly.
  4. E-mail the application form as a PDF attachment to 12monthinternships@moma.org. If your resume is a separate file, you should still send it in the same E-mail.
  5. The subject line of the e-mail should include your name and the internship for which you are applying. An example of an appropriate subject line is: Jane Smith, Digital Learning Internship.
  6. The application deadline is May 23, 2014. We will not review applications received after the deadline.

Application Review Process

We will not review applications received after the deadline, and we will only review complete applications. The e-mail reply you receive from the 12monthinternships@moma.org e-mail box is confirmation of receipt of your application. You will not receive a separate e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application. Select applicants will be contacted to arrange interviews. Many interviews will be conducted over the phone. If we request an interview with you, we will call or e-mail you to arrange a convenient date and time. Applicants selected for an interview may be asked to provide at least one professional or academic reference and/or educational transcripts. Due to the high volume of applications and interest, we do not have the available resources or staff to conduct informational interviews.

More questions? Please see Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions


Eligibility

Who can participate in the MoMA Internship Program?
Our Internship Program is open to: current students with at least two years of college completed at the time the specific internship begins, recent college graduates, graduate students, and beginning museum professionals.

We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply.

High School students and recent high school graduates should visit our Teens section. (There is currently no High School Internship Program.)

Do I have to be currently enrolled as a student to be eligible for an internship?
No. Our Internship Program is open to recent graduates and beginning museum professionals, as well as to college students.

Can international students participate in the Internship Program?
Yes, many international students participate in the Internship Program. All interns are expected to be proficient in speaking, reading and writing the English language (but you do not need to submit your TOEFL scores).

If you are accepted into the program, MoMA will sponsor your J-1 training visa. U.S. State Department policy varies depending on your country of origin. For questions regarding visa eligibility, contact your country’s embassy. Note that the process of acquiring a J-1 training visa takes approximately four to six weeks.

International interns are responsible for obtaining health insurance for the duration of their stay.


Applications

How long should my essays be?
Each essay should be no more than one page in length (single-spaced or double-spaced).

Is there a specific format for letters of recommendation that my recommender should follow?
No. We do not have a required recommendation form. However, if your recommender has professional stationary, the letter should be written or typed on letterhead. Letters should state the relation between the candidate (you) and the recommender, who may be your professor, advisor, employer, former employer, or internship coordinator. The letter should explain how long the recommender has known you and why they believe you are you qualified for an internship at MoMA; the letter should describe your strengths, talents, and level of experience, as the recommender sees them. We are looking for the demonstration of responsibility, intelligence, certain skills, and maturity. The recommender should be honest and help us assess whether candidates will be a good fit for, and get something out of, an internship at MoMA.

Letters can be as short as a paragraph or as long as several pages. Recommendation letters should be addressed to the Internship Coordinator; this title is sufficient. Many recommenders prefer to seal the envelope across the back and sign it, but this is not required.

If you are an international applicant, you may send a letter of recommendation that is not written in English, but it is helpful to include a translation of the letter.

What is a transcript?
A transcript is a list of the courses you have taken in college and/or graduate school, and the grades or marks you received. A transcript can be obtained by contacting the registrar or the Office of Student Records at your university. Some transcripts may also be obtained online, depending on your university’s policy. You may send an official or an unofficial transcript; photocopies of originals are also acceptable.

Can transcripts and letters of recommendation be sent separately from the application?
Please see the specific application instructions for the seasonal and 12-Month Internship Programs.

Should I submit additional materials with my application, such as writing samples, slides, or exhibition catalogues?
No. You should only submit the materials listed in the How to Apply section. The only exception applies to applicants to the 1) Graphic Design and/or 2) Retail, Creative and Marketing departments. These applicants must submit five design samples on CD-ROM (2 CD copies) that do not need to be returned. The department will review these samples with your application.

May I submit my application by e-mail or fax?
Please see the specific application instructions for the seasonal and 12-Month Internship Programs.

May I submit my application before the deadline?
Yes. You may submit your application before the deadline. However, MoMA will not review your application until after the application deadline.

Is the application deadline the date by which the application must be received or the date by which the application must be postmarked?
The application deadline refers to the date by which your application must be postmarked. It is not necessary to submit your application via express mail.

Can I apply for more than one internship term at the same time (i.e. Spring and Fall internships simultaneously)?
No. Because we do not review applications before their submission date, we will only consider you for one internship term at a time.

However, you may apply for the fall and Twelve-Month Internship programs at the same time. As the application form and requirements for each program are different, you must submit two separate applications.

Can I do an internship at MoMA during alternate dates, for example during winter break in January?
No. The Internship Program only hires interns for set terms – for our Fall, Spring, Summer, and Twelve-Month Internships. We can only accommodate interns who are able to work during our program times.

If I am accepted into a program, may I defer my acceptance to a future date?
No. We only hire interns for specific projects that change from term to term.

Due to the large quantity of applications we receive, we can’t hold onto a copy of your application in our files. You are welcome to send it in again if and when you wish to re-apply.

If I am not accepted into the Internship program, can I reapply?
Yes. To reapply, you will need to resubmit a complete application. Due to extremely high volume, we are no longer keeping past applications on file.

May I participate in more than one internship at MoMA?
One may only participate in one seasonal internship. However, former seasonal interns may apply for the 12-Month Internship Program.


The Selection Process

How many interns do you accept into each program?
Typically, we hire about ten Twelve-Month Interns each year and 40 interns for each of the Spring, Fall, and Summer terms.

Do you conduct interviews before accepting applicants into the program?
Yes. We contact select candidates to set up an interview, which may be conducted either in person or over the telephone, depending on your proximity to New York. We interview all of the candidates who will be accepted into the Internship Program.

Do you conduct informational interviews?
No. Because of the volume of internship applications and the number of people interested in the Internship Program, we don’t have time to meet with people until they have been selected for interviews. If we decide to schedule an interview with you, we will contact you and ask you about your availability.


About the Internship Program

What types of projects will I be working on?
Internship projects are based on MoMA’s needs and requirements, and are assigned to interns with the appropriate skills and interests. All of the internships have an administrative component.

Do you offer internships in the General Counsel and Finance departments?
No. Neither of these departments offers internships, and they don’t plan to do so in the future.

Is it possible to receive academic credit for participating in the Internship Program?
Yes. We provide letters of reference and necessary documentation so that interns may arrange for academic credit through their schools.

If I am accepted into the program, does MoMA provide intern housing?
No. The Internship Department has a list of suggested housing, which consists primarily of hostels and student housing. Once you are accepted into the program, we are happy to send you a copy of a suggested housing list, but it’s up to you to arrange accommodations.

Are there volunteer opportunities at MoMA independent of the Internship Program?
For information on volunteer opportunities, please visit the volunteering section. Note that MoMA does not generally take on volunteers for the summer or for periods of less than a year.