February 3, 2016 | Members, Opportunities

The Whitney Museum of Art has summer internship openings in a variety of departments.

Please see the information and application instructions below. CUNY Service Corps members and alumni should speak to their campus managers or career office for support on developing your materials.

About the Whitney Museum

As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum’s key resource. The Museum’s signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country’s leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.

Participating Departments (as of 2/2/16)

Intern responsibilities include a mix of project and administrative work. There is also a Thursday seminar program and trips to smaller cultural institutions

ADMINISTRATION:  Provides management, oversight, and institutional strategic planning.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Works with local, national and international media to secure coverage of the Museum and its programs and activities; seeks out and maintains positive relationships 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 20,000 works of art, and organizes and generates exhibitions appropriate to the institution’s mission.  Curators produce scholarship and research on the collection, author catalogues to accompany exhibitions; cultivate and maintain relationships with artists; participate in public programs (lectures, symposia); and oversee loans.  Curatorial areas include:  Chief Curator; Permanent Collection; Prewar Art; Drawing; Prints, Photography; Film and Video; Performance; Andy Warhol Film Project.

DEVELOPMENT:   Responsible for fundraising efforts through engagement in strategic planning, development, management and implementation in pursuit of building long-term relationships for the museum’s financial health.  Various initiatives include Board development, a major gifts program, planned giving, memberships, corporate sponsorships, foundation and government grants, and special events.

EDUCATION:  At the heart of all Whitney Education programs is a focus on artists — their materials, methods, and inspirations.  As educators, the department creates opportunities for visitors with different needs, experiences, and interests to make meaningful connections with the art on view.  Program audience includes K-12 students, teens, teachers, families, adults, seniors and people with disabilities

GRAPHIC DESIGN:  Oversees development and production of all Whitney visual communications including advertising, promotional materials, gallery graphics, signage, whitney.org, invitations and branded merchandise.  Applicants must be Graphic Design majors.

PUBLICATIONS:  Produces exhibition and collection catalogues; edits exhibition graphics, brochures and exhibition-related ephemera; and sets the Museum’s editorial style. Rights and Reproductions:  maintains image assets, handles image and Hopper licensing, provides images and permissions for institutional use, and oversees exhibition photography.

RESEARCH RESOURCES:  Provides access and information to primary resources relating to the museum’s history, collections, and programming. Comprised of the Archives, Permanent Collection Documentation Office, Special Collections, and The Frances Mulhall Achilles Library, the department is a platform to foster the research needs of museum staff and to qualified members of the scholarly and museum communities. Students must be enrolled in an MLIS program to be considered for work in the Archives or Library.

VISITOR EXPERIENCE: The department encompasses Volunteers, Retail , Theater and Visitor Services.  The intern will support some of the following: volunteer program recruitment, on-boarding and appreciation events; professional development efforts across all front of house teams; collection of, reporting on and response to qualitative visitor feedback; and/or day to day administrative operations in the theater program and operations. Interns must be friendly with an outgoing and professional attitude and have excellent communication, interpersonal, and listening skills.  Interns should also have working knowledge of a Microsoft Office Suite, a genuine interest in learning more about front of house management in cultural institutions, and a genuine interest in supporting and improving visitor experience at cultural institutions.

Hours and location

Full-time (35 hours per week) from June 6 to August 5th. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm

The Whitney Museum is located at 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014


Free admission to most NYC museums

Funding towards MetroCards

Please note that internships in the Education Department only will include a $2500 stiepnd

Application Instructions

Please send a resume and cover letter in Microsoft Word format describing the departments you are interested in working in, the skills you bring, and how you hope to contribute to the department to Ofronama.biu@cuny.edu, subject line “Whitney Museum internship.” Please format your materials as follows: FirstName.LastName.Coverletter.doc and FirstName.LastName.Resume.doc.  Materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Send your materials no later than February 22, 2016.