You, Internships, & MOMA*

Robert Frank. Today Is My Daughter’s Birthday, Hokkaido, Tokyo. 1994. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Robert and Gayle Greenhill. © 2013 Robert Frank, courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

It’s spring! Classes are over! Time to return your library books, pack up the dorm, and move someplace new. If you’ve just graduated or are an upperclassman, think about pursuing an internship in the fall. Fall internships can be less competitive than summer internships, a nice bonus when competition is tough. Even if you think you can’t

Stephen Shore. Meridian, Mississippi from the series American Surfaces. June 1972. Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. © 2013 Stephen Shore

afford to live in the city where an internship is located, apply anyway and then look for potential funding sources (locating funding will be a skill you’ll call on for the rest of your life). Consult with the Cawley Career Education Center for internship listings, cover letter help, alumni contacts, and other assistance. Also make sure a potential internship has a structured plan to help you get the most out of the experience.

Paul Graham. Ashtray on Table, Morley’s Cafe, Markham Moor, Nottinghamshire from the series A1: The Great North Road. February 1981. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Photography Fund. © 2013 Paul Graham

While we’re on the subject, MOMA is currently accepting applications for their Fall 2013 Internship Program.


The Fall 2013 Internship Program provides participants in-depth exposure to the workings of individual departments and practical and theoretical training in museum practices, and acquaints them with the role of museums in contemporary society. Working under the supervision of one of the Museum’s professional staff, interns contribute to timely projects, gain insight into the functions of individual departments, and learn about the Museum’s various collections, exhibitions, and programs for visitors.  Internship projects are based on Museum needs and requirements and are assigned to interns with the appropriate skills and interests.  This unpaid internship runs from September 10 through December 13, 2013.

Mamma Andersson. Office II. 2007. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased with funds provided by Donald B. Marron. © 2013 Mamma Andersson, courtesy MOMA.



College students (One must have a minimum of two years of college completed by September 2013), recent graduates (both B.A. and M.A.), graduate students, and beginning museum professionals.  The Museum encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply.  Fall internships require a minimum commitment of two full days per week, one of which must be Tuesday.

To Apply:

The application deadline is May 24, 2013.  For more information on the programs, including eligibility and application instructions, please visit

* All of the images posted here, with the exception of the painting by Mamma Andersson, are part of a new MOMA show: XL: 19 New Acquisitions in PhotographyMay 10, 2013–January 6, 2014.


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