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INTERNSHIPS

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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

Step 3

Submit


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 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.


Fall 2016 Internships

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Fall 2016 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 one and a half years of college completed (or equivalent) by January 2016 in order to apply.

Length

Ten weeks

2016 term

September 13–December 2, 2016

Application Deadline

June 10, 2016

Decision Notification

August 8, 2016

Required Commitment
Three days per week minimum. In order to attend all internship activities, one work day must be Tuesday.
Stipend
$2,500
How to Apply


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

3. Résumé
Your résumé/curriculum vitae.

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 résumé/CV. If you’re not applying for an internship in these departments, skip this step.

To submit your application, either:

1) Scan entire application packet (recommended method), which includes résumé, recommendation, transcript, and design samples, if applicable, and email it to internships@moma.org. In the subject line, write “Fall 2016 Internship Application Materials” and include your name in the end of the subject.

2) Mail application materials to:
MoMA
Attn: Seasonal Internship Coordinator
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019

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 email within five 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 email 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.

12-Month Internships, 2015–16

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. 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, while considering the role of museums in the broader cultural context.

Below are the descriptions and requirements for the 12-Month Internship positions for 2016–17. All internships begin on September 12, 2016, and conclude on September 8, 2017.


Community and Access Programs Internship
Department of Education

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
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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, 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, 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 2016–17 term

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017

Application Deadline

June 3, 2016

End of Selection

August 8, 2016

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
$29,000 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 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
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Description: The intern will assist with the major MoMA exhibition and publication Items: Is Fashion Modern?, opening December 2017, and will undertake in-depth research on items of fashion design from the 20th and 21st centuries. Responsibilities specific to the 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; 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. 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. Reports to Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and Director of R&D.

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have experience working in curatorial and research settings, will have a firm knowledge of contemporary fashion 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 fashion, design, art history, and/or architecture, and graduate coursework required.

Dates of 2016–17 term

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017

Application Deadline

June 3, 2016

End of Selection

August 8, 2016

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
$29,000 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 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
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Description: 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.

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 2016–17 term

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017

Application Deadline

June 3, 2016

End of Selection

August 8, 2016

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
$29,000 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 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
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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 visiting the Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center. The intern will focus on exhibition and research related projects, including assisting the managing curator on acquisitions to the collection, research on a book focusing on Latin and South American films, and preparing various film programs, including To Save and Project, a Michel Piccoli series, and a collaboration with the Berlin Film Festival. 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. Strong writing skills and Spanish language fluency are highly desired.

Dates of 2016–17 term

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017

Application Deadline

June 3, 2016

End of Selection

August 8, 2016

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
$29,000 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 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
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Description: The intern will primarily work with the department's chief curator and curatorial assistant on two projects: artist Adam Pendleton's residency at the Museum, culminating in a new, large-scale, multimedia performance; and an exhibition that will include a publication on the occasion of a new acquisition of work by the artist William Pope.L. The intern's tasks will include support with exhibition planning, bibliographic research, image sourcing and permission requests, editing and design assistance, liaising with the artists' studios, event support, working fluidly across the Museum's departments, and other tasks as assigned.

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. 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.

Dates of 2016–17 term

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017

Application Deadline

June 3, 2016

End of Selection

August 8, 2016

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
$29,000 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 Photography Internship

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
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Description: Under the guidance of the curatorial and administrative staff, the intern will work on two exhibition projects: conducting research on the major Stephen Shore exhibition opening at MoMA in December 2017 and assisting with the publication scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition; and helping with the research, selection, and final conceptualization of the New Photography contemporary show, scheduled to open in early 2018. The intern will also help with the first volume of the Photography at MoMA book, a three-volume publication about MoMA's photography collection.

Requirements: The ideal candidate has an art history and/or photography history background (MA candidates preferred), very strong research skills, and the ability to multitask and prioritize. Previous experience working in a museum or gallery setting preferred.

Dates of 2016–17 term

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017

Application Deadline

June 3, 2016

End of Selection

August 8, 2016

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
$29,000 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 Louise Bourgeois Internship
Department of Drawings and Prints

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
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Description: The intern will participate in the essential activities of the 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 drawings and prints, numbering some 75,000 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. 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), with knowledge of contemporary African art and proficiency in French, 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, preferred.

Dates of 2016–17 term

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017

Application Deadline

June 3, 2016

End of Selection

August 8, 2016

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
$29,000 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.

Museum Archives Dedalus Fellowship (two years)

September 12, 2016–September 7, 2018
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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 video recordings, by processing all new acquisitions and managing an ongoing project to conserve and reformat rare and fragile 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 provide crucial support for the physical retrieval and rehousing of archival collections. Finally, the fellow will assist the Archives staff with general reference and research functions and the daily activities of this extremely active department. The 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 acquiring professional archival skills. Attention to detail is crucial.

Dates of 2016–17 term

September 12, 2016–September 7, 2018

Application Deadline

June 3, 2016

End of Selection

August 8, 2016

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
$32,000 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.

Public Programs Internship

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
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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, monitoring Brown Bag Lunch Lectures, 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 confronts last-minute, logistical, or personnel challenges with ease. The intern must be available to work at public programs in the evenings.

Dates of 2016–17 term

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017

Application Deadline

June 3, 2016

End of Selection

August 8, 2016

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
$29,000 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.

Three 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 three 12-month internships for Greek nationals. Details are listed below.


Department of Painting and Sculpture Internship

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
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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 2016–17 term

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017

Application Deadline

June 3, 2016

End of Selection

August 8, 2016

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
$29,000 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 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
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Description: The intern performs general administrative duties, which include routing phone and email 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 2016–17 term

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017

Application Deadline

June 3, 2016

End of Selection

August 8, 2016

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
$29,000 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 12, 2016–September 8, 2017
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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: coordinates the 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.

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 2016–17 term

September 12, 2016–September 8, 2017

Application Deadline

June 3, 2016

End of Selection

August 8, 2016

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
$29,000 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.
How to Apply


Please submit the following materials, in a single package, in the following order:

Internship Application Materials

1. Application
Completed application form. If you are applying for more than one 12-Month Internship, please submit a separate application form and send it in a separate email.

2. Essay
There are two required essays listed on the application form. They should be no longer than 500 words each.

3. Résumé
Your résumé/curriculum vitae.

To submit your application, either:

1) Scan entire application packet (recommended), which includes your essays and résumé/CV, and email it to 12monthinternships@moma.org. In the subject line, write the name of the internship for which you are applying and your name. An example of an appropriate subject line is: “Department of Film Internship 2016, Jane Smith.”

2) Or, mail application materials to:
MoMA
Attn: 12 Month Internship Coordinator
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019

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 email within five 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 email 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.

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.

Digital Media: Work on stuff that involves pixels and code: our website, app, lobby screens, and in-gallery digital displays. Applicants should have an interest in interactive design with some experience in front- or back-end development.

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.


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.


External Affairs

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.


Administrative Departments

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.

International Program: Involvement with MoMA's various international initiatives, particularly coordinating the Museum's global research initiative, which includes guest lectures with speakers from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America; the Museum's website for art in a global context, post; and travel planning for MoMA staff.


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. 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.

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.

There is currently no High School Internship Program. High school students and recent high school graduates should visit moma.org/teens for more information about MoMA programs.

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.

Seasonal international interns are responsible for obtaining health insurance for the duration of their stay. 12-month interns will be eligible for health insurance under the Museum’s plan.


Applications

How long should my essays be?
Essays should be no longer than 750 words for seasonal and 500 words each for 12-Month applications.

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 stationery, 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. It 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. You may email this with the rest of your application materials to internships@moma.org.

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.

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 12-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 12-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 reapply.

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 do not keep 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 10 12-Month Interns each year and 25–30 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 MoMA. 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 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.