GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Internships are open to college juniors and seniors who volunteer their time in order to gain first-hand experience on how a museum functions. Freshmen are not eligible, and applicants must have a minimum of 2 years of academic course work. Recent graduates and graduate students will also be considered if there are appropriate projects. Under the supervision of a department head or curator, interns assist with regular departmental activities that range from research and special projects to routine clerical tasks. In addition, interns are encouraged to attend the Museum's public programs to help broaden their perspectives beyond those provided by the assigned departments.
Internships begin at the start of each semester and run through the end of the academic year. Interns are required to work 2-3 days per week for the entire semester, and there is no stipend. During the program, interns are eligible for regular employee discounts, invitations to exhibition openings and free admission to most New York City museums.
Internships are available in the departments listed below. Applicants should review and list three, in order of preference -- however, there is no guarantee that we will be able to accommodate a preference. Please note that these descriptions refer to the overall responsibility of the department and not necessarily to the work in which interns will have direct involvement.
ADMINISTRATION: Responsible for the overall management of the Museum and provides general supervision over all aspects of the Museum's programs and departments.
COMMUNICATIONS: Work with local, national and international media to secure coverage of the Museum and its programs and activities; seeks out and maintains positive relationship with critics, reporters and editors who are capable of providing meaningful coverage to the Museum.
CURATORIAL: Oversees and guides the expansion of the Museum’s permanent collection of over 18,000 works of art and organizes and generates exhibitions appropriate to the institution’s mission. Curators produce scholarship and research on the collection. The chief curator and eight curators oversee a collection paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, film & video and new media. There is also a curator of performance.
DEVELOPMENT: Responsible for the strategic planning, development, management and implementation of the Whitney’s fundraising efforts in pursuit of its commitment to building long-term relationships for the financial health of the Museum. Development includes the following areas: corporate partnerships; development records; foundation and government relations; major gifts; membership and special events.
DIGITAL MEDIA: Develops and manages the Museum’s digital media initiatives, often in collaboration with other departments, to help realize the Whitney’s programmatic, audience development, visitor experience, and fundraising goals.
EDUCATION: Seeks to advance the field of education through experimental and rigorous programs that draw on the process, spirit and intelligence of contemporary artists. Educational programs and resources are designed to make the Whitney's collection of American art and its comprehensive exhibition program accessible to diverse audiences --K-12 students, teens, teachers, families, adults, seniors and people with disabilities – through in-depth observation and discussion of art.
EXHIBITIONS & COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT: Coordinates and facilitates the production of up to twenty exhibitions per year, manages the Whitney’s domestic and international touring exhibition programs and provides audio-visual and carpentry support for Museum exhibitions, educational programs, events and staff.
FINANCE & TREASURY: Responsible for the Museum’s operating and capital planning, budgeting, analytical reporting, benchmarking, liquidity management and banking relationships. In addition, the department manages the Museum’s endowment portfolio under oversight of the Investment Committee.

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