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

Seasonal

The Museum of Modern Art: 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 25 interns per season in just about every department. Participants may arrange for academic credit through their school, but it is certainly not a requirement.

MoMA PS1: MoMA PS1 offers hands-on internships for college students and recent graduates in several of its departments. Our internship program provides the opportunity to learn about the operations of a non-profit art institution and to work alongside some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists and curators.

MoMA PS1 is also a host for Studio in a School’s Summer Arts Intern Program. Visit www.artsintern.org for more information.

The Museum of Modern Art Fall 2017 internships

The Museum of Modern Art Fall 2017 internships require a minimum commitment of three days per week, one of which must be Tuesday. The schedule for the three days is 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. One must have a minimum of two years of college completed (or equivalent) by September 2017 in order to apply.

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Length

Twelve weeks

Fall 2017 term

September 19–December 8, 2017

Application Deadline

June 11, 2017

Decision Notification

August 7, 2017

Required Commitment

Three days per week minimum. In order to attend all internship activities, one work day must be Tuesday.

Stipend

$2,800

MoMA PS1 Fall 2017 internships

Intern candidates must possess a strong command of English, excellent communication skills, strong writing skills, word-processing skills on a PC-platform, and the ability to work and function in a creative and flexible environment. Most interns are based in one department, but have the opportunity to interact with all departments on a regular basis. All interns work on a volunteer basis for a full trimester with a schedule determined by the Intern’s department supervisor. MoMA PS1 is looking for interns who are able to work a minimum of two full days per week (seven hours per day).

Interns will be invited to attend field trips/lectures at non-profit institutions and museums in the New York area that have been organized by the Internship Coordinator. In addition, interns may be asked to assist staff with special events, public programs, and exhibition openings, as well as at MoMA PS1’s annual summer music series, Warm Up.

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Length

Thirteen weeks

Fall 2017 term

September 9–December 9, 2017

Application Deadline

August 5, 2017

Required Commitment

Two days per week minimum (seven hours per day)

12-Month

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 create a research trip related to their field of interest. Twelve-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, while considering the role of museums in the broader cultural context.

Below are the descriptions and requirements for the 12–month internship positions for 2017–18. All internships begin on September 11, 2017, and conclude on September 7, 2018.

Community and Access Programs Internship

Department of Education

September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018

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, 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, transcribing materials for exhibitions and videos, and submitting materials to MoMA’s electronic archive. Finally, the intern will have the opportunity to participate in educator training and teach in the galleries.

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Requirements

The ideal candidate must have an interest in accessible art museum programming, a taste for interacting with the public, and 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.

Dates of 2017–18 term

September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018

Application Deadline

June 11, 2017

End of Selection

August 7, 2017

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

$30,000 stipend (gross), subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $2,000 to cover travel expenses for an approved research trip related to the intern’s field of interest.

Department of Architecture and Design Internship

September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018

The intern will assist with tasks related to two MoMA exhibitions and publications: Items: Is Fashion Modern?, opening September 2017, and The Architecture of Socialist Yugoslavia, 1945–1991 (working title), opening in June 2018. Responsibilities specific to the Items exhibition include assisting with planning and logistics for the exhibition opening reception, helping coordinate with external and internal parties for exhibition-related public programming, and assisting curatorial staff with the management of a high volume of exhibition-related tasks and inquiries once the exhibition is on view. The exhibition’s primary focus will be fashion design. Films, photographs, drawings, prints, and works in other mediums will also be included. The exhibition will include a number of loaned works. Responsibilities specific to the Architecture of Socialist Yugoslavia, 1945–1991 exhibition include assisting with researching and clearing image rights for exhibition, catalogue, 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 to collate and route object labels and explanatory texts through internal approvals; and assisting curatorial staff with the management of a high volume of exhibition-related tasks and inquiries once the exhibition is on view. The exhibition’s primary focus will be architecture from socialist Yugoslavia. Models, films, photographs, drawings, prints, and works in other mediums will also be included. The exhibition will include a number of loaned works. Reports to the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design.

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Requirements

The ideal candidate will have experience working in curatorial and research settings, will have a background in architecture and/or design, and will possess excellent writing skills. 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, etc.). The candidate should have exceptional organizational and communication skills; demonstrated ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines; and the ability to take initiative. Bachelor’s degree in architecture, art history, and/or design, and graduate coursework required.

Dates of 2017–18 term

September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018

Application Deadline

June 11, 2017

End of Selection

August 7, 2017

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

$30,000 stipend (gross), subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $2,000 to cover travel expenses for an approved research trip related to the intern’s field of interest.

The Modern Women’s Fund Internship

Department of Drawings and Prints

September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018

The intern will work in the Department of Drawings and Prints, conducting research on a major acquisition of avant-garde works, with a focus on women artists. In a broader capacity, the intern will conduct research relating to acquisitions of work by women artists as part of a larger departmental initiative to increase the number of women artists in the collection. The intern will participate in the logistics, research, planning, and organization of a host of activities that are generated as part of MoMA’s Modern Women’s Fund initiative, along with various research assignments, under the guidance of the curatorial and administrative staff.

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Requirements

The ideal candidate has an art history background (MA candidates preferred) with a focus on the art and avant-garde movements of the early 20th century. A reading knowledge of Russian and/or German is preferred. The candidate must possess very strong research skills and the ability to multitask and prioritize. Previous experience working in a museum or gallery setting preferred.

Dates of 2017–18 term

September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018

Application Deadline

June 11, 2017

End of Selection

August 7, 2017

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

$30,000 stipend (gross), subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $2,000 to cover travel expenses for an approved research trip related to the intern’s field of interest.

Department of Film Internship

September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018

The intern participates in the entire spectrum of curatorial activities in which the Department of Film engages, from exhibition planning to visiting the Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center. The intern will focus on research, planning, and execution of MoMA’s annual Doc Fortnight Film festival, working with the organizing curator on all administrative aspects of the project.In addition, the intern assists various curatorial and administrative staff in all aspects of Film operations. 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.

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Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a liberal arts academic background and a general knowledge of film and film culture, with an interest in documentary film strongly preferred. Strong writing skills and Spanish-language fluency are highly desired.

Dates of 2017–18 term

September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018

Application Deadline

June 11, 2017

End of Selection

August 7, 2017

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 applications from members of historically underrepresented groups in the curatorial and museum profession, including art history students who are members of racial and/or ethnic minority groups, are differently abled, or are from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Stipend

$30,000 stipend (gross), subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $2,000 to cover travel expenses for an approved research trip related to the intern’s field of interest.

Department of Media and Performance Art Internship

September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018

The intern will primarily work with the department’s associate curators and curatorial assistant on the upcoming exhibition The Work Is Never Done: Placing Judson Dance Theater opening in fall, 2018. The intern’s tasks will primarily focus on the exhibition catalogue, including bibliographic research, image sourcing and permission requests, and editing and design assistance. Additional duties will include support with exhibition planning, liaising with the artists’ studios, event support, working fluidly across the Museum’s departments, and other tasks as assigned.

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Requirements

The ideal candidate has an art history and/or media and performance art background (MA candidates preferred), strong research skills, reading knowledge of one foreign language, the ability to multitask and prioritize, and the ability to communicate effectively especially under pressure. Previous experience working with artists in a museum setting, or specifically with media and performance art, preferred.

Dates of 2017–18 term

September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018

Application Deadline

June 11, 2017

End of Selection

August 7, 2017

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

$30,000 stipend (gross), subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $2,000 to cover travel expenses for an approved research trip related to the intern’s field of interest.

Office of the Director Internship

September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018

The intern performs general administrative duties, which include routing phone and email traffic. Supports the 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.

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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 2017–18 term

September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018

Application Deadline

June 11, 2017

End of Selection

August 7, 2017

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

$30,000 stipend (gross), subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $2,000 to cover travel expenses for an approved research trip related to the intern’s field of interest.

Research and Development Internship

September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018

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: coordinates interaction with other Museum departments and committees; researches topics, companies, individuals, and technologies of immediate and long-term relevance to R&D and to the Museum; keeps track of pertinent topics in publications, blogs, and social networks; prepares mailings and briefings for selected MoMA staff; and maintains a site for the R&D department. The intern will coordinate a group of R&D advisors and organize meetings of various scale and kind, 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.

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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 for 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 2017–18 term

September 11, 2017–September 7, 2018

Application Deadline

June 11, 2017

End of Selection

August 7, 2017

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

$30,000 stipend (gross), subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $2,000 to cover travel expenses for an approved research trip related to the intern’s field of interest.

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Education at MoMA is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

Internship Programs are made possible by an endowment established by Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman, Jr.; the Emily Fisher Landau Educator Fund; the Louise Bourgeois Internship Fund; and by the gifts of Alan Kanzer.

Major annual support is provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and by Agnes Gund.

Generous funding is provided by The Dedalus Foundation, Inc.; The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art; The Modern Women’s Fund; and The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art.

Additional support is provided by Council for Canadian American Relations; Allianz; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Carole Kismaric Mikolaycak Internship Endowment; The Syracuse Cinephile Society in memory of Phil Serling, Founder; Patterson Sims Endowment; and the Annual Education Fund.