Art Internships

The Queens College Art Department encourages students to pursue internships for academic credit by taking ARTS 393: Independent Internship.

ARTS 393. Independent Internship. (8 hours/week; 3 credits) Prereq.: College average 2.75, department average 3.4. Open to a limited number of qualified students who want to do independent work in a related arts organization. Written application for permission to enroll, stating in detail the nature and scope of the proposed project, must be submitted to the department deputy chair at least one month prior to the date of registration. BFA students are encouraged to use one 3-credit elective (ARTS 393) course for an internship at one of the department approved nonprofit arts organizations in New York City.

Students are welcome to do their own independent searches for qualifying internships. The Art Department also receives updates about internship opportunities from Arts institutions across the city. See the list below for some recurring and ongoing internship opportunities. Additional Design internship opportunities are posted on the Graphic Design Blog.

Brooklyn Museum

Learn from, and work with, experts from all areas of the Brooklyn Museum. As an intern, you'll be paired with a supervisor and integrated into one of our departments, participating fully in day-to-day workplace activities and projects with the guidance of full-time staff members. In addition to gaining extensive work experience, interns have the opportunity to attend seminars that focus on the role of museums in society today, and how they might imagine the future. Internship opportunities include unpaid positions (with the option for school credit arranged through your college or university) as well as competitive paid positions for undergraduates and recent graduates.

Apply online

Questions? Email internships@brooklynmuseum.org.

QC Center for Career Engagement and Internships

The Center provides information for internships in many different fields.

Includes application for the Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez Internship Fund. This is an internship stipend which provides financial assistance to Queens College students who are participating in unpaid internships in the arts, education, public service, non-profit agencies, and other industries that do not traditionally pay their interns.

Visit online to view internships

CUNY Cultural Corps

In fall of 2016, the City University of New York (CUNY) partnered with New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and The Rockefeller Foundation to launch the CUNY Cultural Corps, which creates opportunities for CUNY students to work in the City’s cultural sector. Modeled after the CUNY Service Corps, which provides hundreds of CUNY students with paid work experience in civic-oriented jobs in community-based organizations and government agencies, the Cultural Corps aims to be a strong student pipeline for successful alumni into New York City’s arts and culture institutions. This internship program was created as a response to a report released that year by the Department of Cultural Affairs highlighting a lack of diversity in NYC cultural institutions.

Partnering institutions include non-profit cultural organizations involved in the visual, literary and performing arts as well as public-oriented science and humanities institutions including zoos, botanical gardens and historic and preservation societies.

Click Here to see the full list of institutions that are participating in CUNY Cultural Corps for the 2020-2021 school year.

EFA Studio

(Graduate Students only) The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) public charity, dedicated to providing artists across all disciplines with space, tools and a cooperative forum for the development of individual practice. We are a catalyst for cultural growth, stimulating new interactions between artists, creative communities, and the public. Apply now for a Dual Program Fellowship, working between the EFA Studio Program and the EFA Project Space over the course of three days weekly throughout the Winter/Spring. This fellowship is available to current graduate students with interest in the Visual Arts and is an opportunity to gain insight into the lives of working artists, as well as the intricacies of running a nonprofit organization. Primary tasks include administrative work, artist assistantship, gallery operations, exhibition planning, social media, and support of virtual events. Successful candidates will be amiable, adaptable, professional, social, and confident. Interns should be comfortable working as a member of a team—working well with direction, while feeling confident to provide his/her own insights. Along with handling the administrative tasks of the program, interns will consistently be working directly with contemporary artists. 

Visit https://www.studios-efanyc.org/internship for more information.

The Frick

The Frick Collection offers excellent opportunities to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art. All interns of The Frick Collection may access free or discounted admission to most of New York’s museums. Summer interns will attend a wide range of staff-led enrichment sessions, such as close looks at the permanent collection, introductions to the resources of the Frick Art Reference Library, and career discussions with staff across the institution. The Frick also provides employees, trainees, interns, and volunteers with a discount on Museum Shop purchases.

Frick Internships are listed on their careers page. Visit https://www.frick.org/careers 

 

Guggenheim Museum

*Please note: The Guggenheim is not currently accepting internship applications*

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum offers internships in departments across the institution. The objective of the Guggenheim Museum Internship Program is to provide practical training experience to undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the arts and museum fields. Interns gain a broad understanding of how a particular department functions within the context of a major museum, as well as specific skills related to that department’s activities. Interns are assigned based on academic background, professional skills, interests, and career goals. Under the supervision of designated staff members, interns participate in the ongoing work of museum departments, complete individual projects, and contribute to larger Guggenheim initiatives.

In addition, Museum Culture Seminars form an integral part of our Internship Program. Site visits to other New York arts and cultural institutions, and discussions with a wide array of arts and museum professionals are facilitated. A field trip outside of New York City is planned for the end of each internship period.

Visit https://www.guggenheim.org/internships

ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program)

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) accepts internship applications year-round. https://iscp-nyc.org/about/internships

Internship Description: ISCP interns engage in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of an international not-for-profit arts organization and gain invaluable experience while being introduced to a vast network of international art professionals. Due to ISCP’s small staff, interns play a critical role in the administration of ISCP’s overall program. Administrative internship are focused on programs, development, finance or communications. ISCP internships can provide a foundation in a variety of skills, and offer experience and contacts for future careers in the following professions: curator, artist, and arts administrator.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

https://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/internships/undergraduate-and-graduate-students

Join a community of interns to gain professional skills and learn about museum practice. The Met has over forty department areas that host interns from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. These internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates.

New York Foundation for the Arts

New York Foundation for the Arts includes paid and unpaid internships (as well as careers and jobs in the arts after graduation) in their Classified section. Available at https://www.nyfa.org/

Rubin Museum of Art

https://rubinmuseum.org/about/jobs

The Rubin Museum of Art is offering virtual semester-long internships to qualified undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates interested in the following areas: education, programming, communications, publications, exhibitions, collections and curatorial. In addition to assigned projects, interns have the opportunity to learn more about the museum field through group activities that include trips to cultural institutions, brown-bag lunch discussions with staff members, and career development workshops.

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