Careers and Internships in Art History and related fields

(Updated May 08, 2017)

Deadlines are italicized and in bold





The Arts Intern Program is now accepting applications for paid summer internships for summer 2017, providing exciting opportunities for students to work in museums and cultural institutions.  Also, this summer we are offering positions in four different cities - New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Cleveland.


This year, participating institutions include (list in formation):

- El Museo del Barrio

- MoMA PS1

- The Rubin Museum of Art

- Studio Museum in Harlem

- Brooklyn Children's Museum

- The Frick Collection

- The Barnes Collection

- Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

- Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

- Cleveland Museum of Natural History

- The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

- Museum of Fine Arts Boston


Students may visit the site,, to review available positions and eligibility requirements.  If interested, students should apply directly to the contact listed for each position, not to ArtsIntern.  Museums conduct their own selection process.  

Program Eligibility

·      Students must be attending a college or university within one of the four participating cities, or must be residents of one of these cities.  

·      Applicants must be enrolled full time, entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2017 as candidates for an undergraduate degree. 

·      Applicants must demonstrate financial need by submitting appropriate documentation along with their application.  Please note, this internship is only available to students who have an EFC of $5,000 or less. 


Arts Intern Staff

410 W. 59th St

New York, NY 10019



Deadline was March 24, 2017 for this program: The Institute for Curatorial Practice Paid Internship Program

(through Hampshire College)

The Institute for Curatorial Practice, Amherst, MA

June 1-July 1, 2017

The Institute for Curatorial Practice is a five-week intensive summer program focusing on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary.

The program introduces traditional museum approaches and intensive object study while simultaneously investigating the "curatorial imaginary," an expanding field driven by developments in new media. In a digital environment free from the standard logistics of curating--budgets, loan paperwork, installation headaches, the laws of physics--what curatorial inventions might be possible?



American Folk Art Museum - Check website for updates -

American Museum of Natural History - for summer: March 1, 2017  -

Brooklyn Museum - Check website for updates - (check early March 2017 for summer internships) -

Columbia University Arts Initiative -Check website for updates -

Guggenheim Museum - for Fall: June 1, 2017 (PDF available online) -

International Center for Photography (ICP) - ICP's Internship Program runs on an academic schedule, including a summer term. Current students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply -

Metropolitan Museum of Art - (JANUARY 29, 2017 DEADLINE for paid internships  - MARCH 5, 2017  for unpaid)  -

Museum of Arts and Design (@ Columbus Circle) -

Museum of Modern Art - for summer: February 12, 2017 -

Museum of the Moving Image - Check website for updates -

Museum of the City of New YorkContact museum - application dates are rolling depending on need -

New Museum - for summer: March 15 - April 15, 2017 -

The Frick Collection for summer: February 10, 2017 -

The Jewish Museum - Check website for updates -

The Morgan Museum and Library - Accepts applications on a rolling basis all year -

The Tenement Museum - Check website for updates -

Whitney Museum of American Art - for summer: February 1, 2017-



Cornell University-Johnson Art Museum, Ithaca, NY - Contact museum for information -

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY - See website for information

Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse, NY -

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY - Contact museum for information  -

Historic Ithaca/Significant Elements, Ithaca, NY - Contact Historic Ithaca for information -

Holt Architects, Ithaca, NY - Contact -

Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY - Contact museum for more detailed information -

Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY - Contact foundation director -

Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY - Volunteer opportunities -

The History Center, Ithaca, NY - Check website -

The Strong: National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY -



Dumbarton Oaks -

Freer Gallery of Art-

Hirshhorn Museum-

Kreeger MuseumMarch 24, 2017 -

National Gallery of Art- Graduate internships

National Museum of African Art - Check website links -

National Museum of the American Indian- February 6, 2017  -

National Museum of Women in the Arts - March 15, 2017 -

National Portrait Gallery - March 1, 2017  -

Smithsonian American Art Museum - March 1, 2017 -

Smithsonian Institution - Check web site for multiple listings -

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute - check web site for updates -

United States Holocaust Memorial Museumcheck in March 2017 for updates



Boston Center for the Arts - Check website for updates -

Children's Museum -

Historic New England -

Institute of Contemporary Art - April 1, 2017 -

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - check museum website for updates -

Museum of Fine ArtsApplications accepted February 7 - March 27, 2017 -

Museum of Science -

Peabody Essex Museum -

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology - (no internships availalble for summer 2017) - (



Barnes Foundation - February 1, 2017 -

Institute of Contemporary Arts - April 1, 2017

Franklin Institute -

Magic Gardens

Mutter Museum -

Philadelphia Museum of Art  - DEADLINE: January 27, 2017 -

Photo Arts Canter -

Please Touch Museum -



Chicago Children's Museum -

Chicago History Museum -

DuSable Museum of African American History -

Elmhurst Art Museum - May 1, 2016 -

Field Museum -

Glessner House Museum -

Museum of Contemporary Art - February 15, 2017 -

National Hellenic Museum -

National Museum of Mexican Art -

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum -




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