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Academic Year Internship 2019 - 2020

The Whitney’s academic year interns are undergraduate and graduate students committed to a part-time schedule for a semester or full school year. During the fall or spring semester (with the option for a full school year), academic year interns are required to commit to a minimum of two days per week. 

Priority consideration is given to Curatorial applications received by May 1 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester. 

All other applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Due to the overwhelming number of submissions, we are unable to meet all those who apply.

The list of departments taking interns for the academic year is located on the application form.



  • Interns are eligible for course credit.
  • Interns are assigned to a specific museum department for the duration.
  • There is no stipend, but interns receive regular employee discounts at the Museum restaurants and retail store, invitations to exhibition openings and curator-led tours, and free admission to most New York City museums.


  • Priority is given to rising juniors and seniors at accredited undergraduate programs.
  • Certain positions may require graduate-level training and/or professional experience, noted in the department descriptions.
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of two years of academic course work.
  • While a demonstrated interest in art and art history is preferred, students in all majors are encouraged to apply.
  • Previous museum experience is not required.


About the Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.             

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