Current students and recent graduates can learn about museum practice and gain professional skills in a variety of fields through unpaid internships at The Met Fifth Avenue during the academic year. These internships require a minimum commitment of twelve hours per week for at least ten weeks. Academic credit may be arranged for interns at their schools' discretion.
In addition to developing their skills through projects in various departments, our interns join a community of fellow interns and staff during their time at The Met. All interns participate in a weekly program introducing them to projects, activities, and staff across the Museum. This might include talks in the galleries, presentations by staff, lunches with individual staff members, or behind-the-scenes tours of Museum departments.
The Met has over forty department areas that host interns from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. For example, students majoring in computer science, who are also interested in art and museums, could apply to intern in our Digital or Information Systems & Technology departments. Engineering students might be interested in our Buildings and Construction Department. Art history and other humanities students gain valuable experience in curatorial departments, as well as Editorial, Education, and Development. Studio art, design, or photography majors have thrived in areas like Digital, Design, or the Photograph Studio. Our Department of Scientific Research often welcomes students with a strong background in science. Request a full list of possible internship placement areas.
We select interns based on the availability of projects and supervisors in each Museum department; this changes every semester. If your interests and skills match the needs of a particular project, you will be considered for an internship. Please do not contact individual staff members to inquire about internships or current projects.
How to Apply
Please apply using the online application below. You will select the Museum areas that interest you, as well as your academic interests and skills, and write a short essay explaining why you want to be an intern at The Met. You will also need to upload an unofficial transcript and a résumé describing your past work and internship experience. Depending on the department areas you select on the application, you may be asked to submit a short writing sample. Students applying for an internship in the Design Department will be asked to upload a portfolio.
We recommend that you review your application carefully before submitting, and perhaps ask one of your instructors or professors to look over your essay and/or résumé as well. If you are unsure about how to write a résumé, we suggest you contact the career services center at your college or university for guidance.
Interviews are not required, but many internship supervisors ask to interview finalists before making a decision. We will contact you directly about an interview if needed.
Fall 2017- June 11, 2017, 11:59pm (ET) First week of August
Spring 2018-October 2017, 11:59pm (ET) Second week of December
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