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, manage, 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: Produce and publish the Museum’s exhibition catalogues and other books, including digital publications.
Video (Digital Media): Work with MoMA video producers to develop and produce content for MoMA’s YouTube Live series.
Education and Research Support
Education: Conduct programs to help audiences of all ages and backgrounds interact with modern and contemporary art.
Library: Support the research needs of the MoMA staff and members of the public.
Museum Archives: The MoMA Archives collects, preserves, and makes accessible for research the historical records of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, along with other primary source documents concerning art and cultural history in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Exhibitions and Collection Support
Collection Management and Exhibition Registration (CMER): Between its two divisions—Office of the Registrar and Art Handling and Preparation—this department coordinates the packing, shipping, storage, insurance, and documentation of works of art in the collection, as well as those on loan for temporary exhibitions.
Conservation: Provide care for collections and technical research on paintings, works on paper, photos, sculptures, design objects, and media works.
Exhibition Design and Production: Work closely with a curatorial team and/or artist to design and develop an exhibit—from concept through 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 aspects of exhibitions and performances within the context of MoMA’s exhibition program (approx. 50-plus exhibitions, collection rotations, film programs, and performances), implementing all facets of the planning process. EPA works closely with MoMA’s exhibition team (curators, registrars, designers, conservators, development, education, communications, digital media, security, and others).
Imaging and Visual Resources: The Department of Imaging and Visual Resources creates, preserves, and provides access to digital photographic images of works of art in the MoMA collection, study collections, and various departments including Museum Archives and the Library. The department also oversees the Digital Asset Management System (DAM) that manages digital images, audio, and video produced throughout the Museum.
Affiliate Programs, Special Programming, and Events: 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.
Communications: Work with local, domestic, and international media outlets to promote MoMA’s exhibitions, programs, and collection.
Development: Research, identify, and aid in the cultivation of funding sources for the operational budget, exhibitions, and programs. Areas of development include foundations, individuals, corporate and government support, and the capital campaign for MoMA’s building project.
Graphic Design: Supervise and produce graphics, including exhibition and corporate graphics, signage, ephemera, and advertising. Applicants must send design samples.
Marketing: Help promote MoMA’s exhibitions, programs, and collection to the public through advertising, social media, email, our blog, tourism outreach, SEO/SEM, and more.
Accounting: Assist with the Museum’s interim and year-end audit work and help with day-to-day accounting functions (including input and analysis) related to various areas, including cash, investments, and donor funds.
Information Technology: MoMA’s Department of Information Technology consists of two main areas, the audio-visual group and the technology group. The technology department is responsible for the technology used by the main museum staff, as well as public-facing solutions. An intern could work with our client services, infrastructure, and/or applications teams, depending on their skills. Responsibilities include client support, gallery technology support, software distribution and imaging (Windows, OS X, and iOS), wired and wireless networking, storage, server virtualization, voice and collaboration technologies, and both mobile and commerce-related application development.
International Program: Assist with MoMA’s international initiatives and in particular the global research initiative C-MAP, which hosts guest lecturers on art from Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, and produces post, MoMA’s website for art in a global context. Work with all International Program staff and C-MAP Fellows on a range of ongoing programs.
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. The Creative in conjunction with the Merchandising department also creates MoMA’s iconic holiday card line. 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 an 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.