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Long-Term Internships for Recent Graduates

Nine-month and twelve-month internships are awarded every year to current undergraduate seniors, recent graduates, and master's-level graduate students. Long-term interns begin on the first Monday in June and fully participate in the ten-week Museum Seminar (MuSe) Internship Program. At the conclusion of the summer session, they remain and work with their supervisors for the remainder of their internship period and participate in weekly programming for the Fall- and Spring-Semester Internship Program. Please note that the start and end dates of these internships are fixed and not flexible.

Available Internships

June 5, 2017–February 23, 2018
Full time: five days, thirty-five hours per week
Compensation: Approximately $21,000 (less applicable taxes and deductions) and eligible to receive benefits currently offered to Non-Exempt Full-Time Employees of the Museum

This internship is awarded to an individual whose economic background might jeopardize the pursuit of a career in the arts or museum field. Only one nine-month Lifchez-Stronach Curatorial Internship is awarded every year.

Eligibility: Open to current undergraduate seniors, recent graduates from a bachelor's or associate's program, and master's-level graduate students. Recent graduates must have completed their degrees no more than twelve months prior to the application deadline.

June 5, 2017–June 1, 2018
Full time: five days, thirty-five hours per week
Compensation: Approximately $28,000 (less applicable taxes and deductions) and eligible to receive benefits currently offered to Non-Exempt Full-Time Employees of the Museum. $3,000 stipend for participation in conferences or other professional-development opportunities.

This twelve-month internship welcomes applications from students across disciplines who have a strong commitment and passion for leadership and the arts. The internship provides training in many aspects of museum administration, such as education, finance, legal affairs, fundraising, governance, public relations, visitor services, government affairs, human resources, merchandising, facilities management, and information systems. With the support and guidance of a staff mentor, the intern rotates through three different departments over the course of twelve months, working on a specific project with a dedicated supervisor in each department. This rotational program will provide maximum exposure to a range of professional experiences and opportunities for a holistic understanding of the operations of the Museum. The ideal applicant will have concentrated their studies in arts administration, art history, or a related field, possess strong interpersonal, communication, and writing skills. The Met strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts.

Eligibility: This internship is open to current undergraduate seniors who will have graduated by the beginning of the program, current graduate students at the master's level, and recent graduates of either an undergraduate or a master's-level program. Recent graduates must have completed their degrees no more than twelve months prior to the application deadline. Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are not eligible to apply.

Emily K. Rafferty is president emerita of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership and communication expertise, she served The Met for forty years in various positions, including as chief fundraiser, and a decade as President. She oversaw the administration of the institution's 2,300 employees, financial and legal issues, revenue sources, security, and government relations. This internship is made possible by numerous friends and donors in honor of Ms. Rafferty's legacy of extraordinary professional achievement.

June 5, 2017–June 1, 2018
Full time: five days, thirty-five hours per week
Compensation: Approximately $28,000 (less applicable taxes and deductions) and eligible to receive benefits currently offered to Non-Exempt Full-Time Employees of the Museum. $3,000 stipend available for research and educational travel.

This twelve-month internship is awarded to an individual with a special interest in American decorative arts. The intern assists curators in The American Wing with research and documentation of the permanent collection, special exhibitions, and/or additional ongoing departmental projects.

Only one twelve-month Tiffany & Co. Foundation internship is available every year.

Eligibility: This internship is open to current graduate students who will have completed a master's degree in a field related to American decorative arts by the beginning of the program, or who completed a master's degree in a field related to American decorative arts no more than one year prior to the application deadline.

June 5, 2017–June 1, 2018
Full time: five days, thirty-five hours per week
Compensation: Approximately $28,000 (less applicable taxes and deductions) and eligible to receive benefits currently offered to Non-Exempt Full-Time Employees of the Museum

The Digital Department offers two twelve-month internships for individuals with a background in video, media, design, art history, or related fields who would like to participate in the creation of new media solutions. The department leads the creation, production, presentation, and dissemination of the Museum's multimedia content to support the viewing and understanding of The Met collection and exhibitions, both in the galleries and online. The department's Twelve-Month Interns will learn about and assist with all of the work within the department's Creative Production area. In addition, one intern will focus on creating content for #MetKids, the web feature made for, with, and by kids. Ideal candidates will have strong and varied multimedia skills and undergraduate coursework in at least one of the areas mentioned. Strong interest in art history or education, production experience with video or animations, and submission of a portfolio or links to videos are recommended.

Eligibility: This internship is open to current undergraduate seniors who will have graduated by the beginning of the program, and recent graduates from a bachelor's or an associate's program (within twelve months of the application deadline). Graduate students and current undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are not eligible to apply.

June 5, 2017–June 1, 2018
Full time: five days, thirty-five hours per week
Compensation: Approximately $28,000 (less applicable taxes and deductions) and eligible to receive benefits currently offered to Non-Exempt Full-Time Employees of the Museum

The Education Department offers one twelve-month internship for an individual interested in museum education, particularly for the teen audience. The intern supports an array of programs and events that engage teens with original works of art, museum careers, and creative projects during out-of-school time. These include High School Internships, our Teens Take The Met initiative offering two teen nights per year, Career Labs or workshops for teens led by museum professionals, drop-in and more intensive art-making opportunities for teens, and our gallery-based Art Explore programs for teens 11–14. The intern will learn about and contribute to the planning, running, and evaluation of these programs.

Ideal candidates are those for whom this opportunity represents a growth and learning experience.

Eligibility: This internship is open to current undergraduate seniors who will have graduated by the beginning of the program, current graduate students at the master's level, and recent graduates of either an undergraduate or master's-level program. Recent graduates must have completed their degrees no more than twelve months prior to the application deadline. Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are not eligible to apply.

June 5, 2017–June 1, 2018
Full time: five days, thirty-five hours per week
Compensation: Approximately $28,000 (less applicable taxes and deductions) and eligible to receive benefits currently offered to Non-Exempt Full-Time Employees of the Museum

The Education Department offers one twelve-month internship for an individual interested in museum education, with a particular focus on school programs and visitors with disabilities. The intern supports an array of activities and projects that engage children with original works of art during the school day, as well as after school and on weekends. These include K–12 student and teacher programs as well as family, teen, and multiage events. For three days of the week, the intern learns about and contributes to School and Educator Programs. In the School Programs area, he or she is trained to guide school groups, support ongoing training of Museum volunteers, assist with program evaluation, and oversee an internal blog. In the Educator Programs area, the intern assists with educator workshops and events and creates evaluation summaries. For the remaining two days of the week, the intern learns about and contributes to activities of the department's Accessibilities Programs area, with the aim of learning about visitors with disabilities and how the Museum designs programs to engage and support their visits.

Ideal candidates are those for whom this opportunity represents a growth and learning experience.

Only one twelve-month internship in Education School and Access Programs is awarded every year.

Eligibility: This internship is open to current undergraduate seniors who will have graduated by the beginning of the program, current graduate students at the master's level, and recent graduates of either an undergraduate or master's-level program. Recent graduates must have completed their degrees no more than twelve months prior to the application deadline. Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Apply using the online application. It will ask you to select which internships interest you: ten-week, nine-month, and/or twelve-month. You may apply for any and all of these internships with the same application. If you would like to be considered for a long-term internship as well as a ten-week summer internship, simply select both of those options on the application.

You'll be asked to select Museum and project areas that interest you, as well as your academic interests and skills. You will write a short essay explaining your interest in art, and what excites you about being an intern at The Met and the Museum areas you’ve selected. You will also need to upload an unofficial transcript and a résumé describing your past work and internship experience. Students applying for an internship in the Design Department or to Studio Programs in Education will be asked to upload a portfolio.

You will also have to ask two people who know you well to write letters of recommendation for you. One of these letters must be from someone who knows you in an academic context (either a professor or instructor).

We recommend that you edit 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.

Apply online.

Interviews
Interviews are not required, but most summer internship supervisors ask to interview finalists before making a decision. We will contact you directly about an interview if needed.

Due to the high volume of requests, we staff are not able to conduct informational interviews. Do not contact individual staff members about internships in their departments. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions if you have general questions about the program.

There is no fee to apply to any of the internships.

Apply online.

DEADLINE: January 29, 2017, at 11:59 pm (ET). Please note: your recommendation letters must be submitted by this application deadline. We will not accept applications or recommendations after the deadline.