The Princeton University Art Museum offers an academic-year paid internship program for Princeton undergraduate and graduate students. Academic-year internship candidates apply to work on a specific project.
The 2016/17 search is now closed. A new call for applications will be posted in late spring 2017.
- Ancient Art: To prepare labels and texts for an international loan exhibition on Attic vase-painting in early 2017, and to work with IT and Education to provide content and design ideas for innovative digital applications in the exhibition.
- Art of the Ancient Americas: To catalogue and research primarily Yakutat Tlingit material collected by Rev. Sheldon Jackson, Lt. George F. Emmons, and William Libbey in the late 19th century; position includes opportunities to publish research on select portions of the collections. The candidate should be an advanced doctoral student specializing in Northwest Coast material culture.
- European Painting and Sculpture: To assist with a French paintings catalogue and research paintings and sculptures in the collections; proficiency in European languages desirable.
- Information and Technology, Exhibitions Information Intern: To provide critical assistance in the upcoming Berlin Painter and Clarence White exhibitions, in addition to continuing work to gather and disseminate past exhibition histories for the Museum.
- Information and Technology, Collections Access Intern: To create thematic access points to the Museum's collections from various data sources. The project will support greater discoverability and use of Museum Collections in teaching and research.
- Photography: To assist with research and preparations for an upcoming photography rotation in the galleries. A familiarity with the history of photography is preferred.
- Prints and Drawings: To work with the curators to develop interpretation and exhibition projects with a particular focus on the Museum’s significant holdings of British works on paper. The candidate should have some familiarity with British art and excellent writing skills.
Academic-year internships are generally restricted to Princeton University undergraduate and graduate students, except in cases where projects require specialized expertise in a field not offered at Princeton. Applicants for all projects should have strong research and writing skills and should have completed at least some coursework in art history or a related field.
Interns work about 10 hours per week (not to exceed 20 hours per week) during each semester. Undergraduate students are paid approximately $13 per hour and graduate students are paid approximately $20 per hour.
Deadline and how to apply
Applications should be submitted electronically to Veronica White (preferred) or via mail to the Academic-Year Internship program, c/o The Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ 08544.
Your application must include the following materials:
- Cover letter describing your specific interest in the internship program, the specific project for which you are applying, and how your training and expertise relates to this project.
- A C.V. or resumé.
- Two letters of academic recommendation. These letters should be from professors or instructors who are familiar with your academic work. Please note that letters from Art Museum staff cannot be considered as part of your application package due to potential conflicts of interest. Letters that are submitted via hard copy must be signed by the letter writer and submitted in a sealed envelope with the letter writer’s signature across the seal. If the letter is sent via e-mail, it should be sent directly to the internship program e-mail account. Please ask your letter writer to include your name in the subject line of the e-mail.
- An official transcript. Unofficial transcripts (e.g., print-outs from the registrar’s website or photocopies) will not be accepted. Transcripts should be sent directly from your school to the internship program.
Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews.
The academic-year internship program is made possible by an endowment from the estate of Joseph F. McCrindle.