Campus Internships and Employment
Majors are encouraged to pursue summer and term internships that may enhance their coursework and also in some cases be springboards for independent work. The Princeton University Art Museum awards paid summer internships to students from Princeton and other schools, and some term internships are available during the school year with various departments. Furthermore, students also serve as docents during the weekend and can nominate themselves for the museum’s Student Advisory Board. For further information on internship and employment opportunities in the Princeton University Art Museum, see Veronica White, Curator of Academic Programs.
The Department funds summer internships at non-profit arts organizations for majors. Interested students should privately obtain an internship and then complete the Summer Internship Funding Application Form (see handbook). These funds cannot be used for internships at for-profit organizations, such as auction houses or galleries.
Off-Campus Internships and Employment
Many of our majors have obtained internships and summer positions in art museums, auction houses, architectural firms, galleries, photographic studios, magazines, and corporate collections. Recent majors have worked at the Musée d’Orsay; Terra Foundation for American Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Smithsonian Museum; Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul; Montclair Museum of Art; Museum of London; Metropolitan Museum of Art; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki; Studioworks (summer art camp, Essex County, NJ); Artsy; Christie’s; Phillip’s; Sotheby’s; and as interns with a New York Times sports photographer, an advertising agency, and a film production studio, among other places.
The Internship Office at Princeton maintains a database of internships in the arts and has a special program for overseas internships. The Internship Office also lists sources of funding for art-related internships.