Internships

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 Caroline Cassells Harris, Curator of Education.

There are also possibilities for internships in the Rare Books and Special Collections of Firestone Library. Princeton undergraduate students may work with a curator in preparation for an exhibition, or may be involved in cataloguing visual arts materials.  For further information, see the departmental representative.

Summer Internships at International Museums

The Department funds four internships at international museums and not-for-profit organizations through the University's International Internship Program (IIP) and directly through the Department for majors who wish to undertake a summer internship abroad. Interested students should either contact the International Internship Office (if they want to apply for one of the arts-related internships handled by that office) or privately obtain an internship and then complete the Summer Overseas Internship Funding Application Form found in the Appendix of the Undergraduate 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; Whitney Museum of America Art; Museum of the Moving Image; and as interns with a New York Times sports photographer, an advertising agency, and a film production studio, among other places.

Consult with the departmental representative regarding internship possibilities.  In addition, 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.