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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
Choose an Internship
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About MoMA 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.
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.
Summer 2014 Internships
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.
June 3–August 8, 2014
February 3, 2014
by April 11, 2014
This is an unpaid internship
Fall 2014 Internships
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.
September 16–December 12, 2014
May 21, 2014
by August 18, 2014
This is an unpaid internship
Spring 2015 Internships
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.
January 27–April 24, 2015
October 20, 2014
by December 15, 2014
Spring 2015 Internship in Publications:
Carole Kismaric Mikolaycak Internship
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.
January 27–April 24, 2015
October 20, 2014
by December 15, 2014
Summer 2015 Internships
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.
June 2–August 7, 2015
February 2, 2015
by April 7, 2015
This is an unpaid internship
12-Month Internships, 2015–16
The application process is closed for the 2014–15 12-Month Internship Program. The MoMA website will be updated with information on the 2015–16 12-Month Internship Program by April 2015. Please do not apply for the 2015–16
12-Month Internship Program until the specific internships are posted.
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.
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
Audio Visual: Work closely with curatorial and Exhibition Design and Production to design and install all AV systems for exhibitions, collections, galleries, film screenings, and performances. Implement AV for special events, run MoMA's recording studio, and manage a large inventory of cutting-edge AV equipment.
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.
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 (The Contemporary Arts Council, The Friends of Education, and The Junior Associates): Support MoMA’s ongoing programming and special events for donor groups, working across the Museum and directly with donors, artists, and curators. Facilitate the groups' fundraising efforts.
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.
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.
Digital Media: Produce all aspects of the MoMA website, including managing images and media, assisting with exhibition websites, and updating educational resources.
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
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:
Your résumé/curriculum vitae.
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.
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:
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.
- Download the 12-Month application form.
- 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).
- 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.
- E-mail the application form as a PDF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your resume is a separate file, you should still send it in the same E-mail.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com 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
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.
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.