Summer Internships

Summer 2017 Call for Applications

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for one of the following nine-week summer internship programs at the Princeton University Art Museum.

  1. Summer Internship at the Princeton University Art Museum

  2. Museum Voices Internship at the Princeton University Art Museum


Summer Internship at the Princeton University Art Museum

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for a nine-week summer internship program at the Princeton University Art Museum. The 2017 summer internship program will run from June 5 to August 4. Undergraduate students majoring in any discipline at any four-year college or university, and graduate students who have completed their first year in an M.A. or Ph.D. program in art history, archaeology, or a related field, are eligible to apply. Princeton University students are given priority.

Interns have the opportunity to work in one of the following departments: curatorial, education, development, information technology, marketing, office of the registrar, publications, or retail and wholesale operations. Not all departments take interns each summer, and interns are placed on the basis of their experience, academic training, and departmental need. Please specify your interest in a specific department. Collections information research will be part of all the interns’ experience.

Summer 2017 projects include:

American Art: developing The Ecocritical Exhibition, a data visualization project quantifying the environmental impact of the upcoming exhibition Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment (2018) and communicating this information as part of the exhibition. Please apply for this position only through the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Ancient Art: assisting with specific projects and general tasks, including object exhibition and labeling, research, cataloging, and data entry. 

Art of the Ancient Americas: helping to organize the ancient Americas storage area; assisting with other tasks to gain a sense of the range of curatorial work.

Asian Art: completing research on the Chinese and Japanese collections; proficiency in Asian languages desirable.

Campus Collections: developing content and writing labels for the Princeton University Art Museum website dedicated to public art on campus; developing strategy and content for Campus Art for social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Education: assisting with PUPP (Princeton University Preparatory Program); interest in teaching and studio art desirable.

European Painting and Sculpture: assisting with a French paintings catalogue and researching paintings and sculptures in the collection; proficiency in European languages desirable.

Information & Technology—Two positions:

  1. Exhibition history project intern: creating digital resources to represent the Museum’s exhibition history from mid-20th century to the present; digitization, indexing, archival work.
  2. Collections discovery initiative intern: contributing to a major initiative to publish the museum’s collection online, assisting with image editing, data standardization, and bibliographic cataloguing.

Marketing & Public Relations: developing marketing strategies for upcoming exhibitions; drafting press releases; tracking media and social media coverage.

Modern & Contemporary: Assisting with research on international surrealism; proficiency in Spanish or French desirable.

Museum Store: helping with product development initiatives, system implementation including work on the store website, and writing for social media outlets and projects involving award winning regional craft artists; comfort level with social media in professional settings, interest in marketing and communication, and excellent written skills desireable.

Photography—Two positions: Photography seeks two undergraduate interns to assist with the review and cataloguing of photographs. 

Registrar & Collections Services: working on the digital archiving of key documents and other collections-and exhibition based-data entry and research; possibly helping with summer exhibitions. Familiarity with databases, data entry and photo applications, as well as an interest in the documentation and management of collections required.

Program
In addition to departmental responsibilities, interns receive a broad introduction to the Art Museum collection and to the museum field through a four-day orientation program, weekly lunch discussions with Museum staff, and field trips to other arts and cultural organizations in the region.

Eligibility
Undergraduate students from any two- or four-year college or university and graduate students who have completed their first year in a M.A. or Ph.D. program in art history, archaeology, or a related field are eligible to apply. Princeton University students are given priority for all positions. Previous recipients of the summer internship are not eligible to apply.

Dates and Compensation
The 2017 program will run from Monday, June 5 to Friday, August 4. Undergraduates generally work full-time (36.25 hours/week) and graduate students generally work part-time (depending on the restrictions of their academic program and the needs of their internship supervisor). Undergraduate students (and recent college graduates) are paid approximately $13 per hour. Graduate students are paid approximately $20 per hour. All interns must be available to work the entire nine-week period.

How to Apply
Applications must include: a cover letter describing the applicant’s specific interest in the internship program, including department of interest; academic and life experience that prepares the applicant for this program; and how a museum internship relates to the applicant’s larger educational or career goals. Applicants must also include a C.V. or résumé. two letters of academic recommendation, and an official academic transcript. Applications will be accepted beginning January 1; the deadline for receipt of all materials is 5 p.m. on February 26. The application should be submitted electronically to PUAMint@princeton.edu.

Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be sent in hard copy to:
Summer Internship Program
Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton, NJ 08544

Applicants may be contacted for interviews, and accepted applicants will be notified by the middle of April. For additional questions, see our Housing, Parking, and Other FAQ.

With Thanks
Internships are made possible in part by the Hilla von Rebay Foundation, the Frelinghuysen Foundation, and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.


Museum Voices Internship at the Princeton University Art Museum

To encourage greater diversity in the museum profession, undergraduate and graduate students who are members of groups underrepresented in museum careers are invited to apply for the nine-week Museum Voices Internship at the Princeton University Art Museum. The 2017 summer program, combined with the Summer Internship, will run from June 6 to August 5. Undergraduate students majoring in any discipline, and graduate students who have completed their first year in an M.A. or Ph.D. program are eligible to apply. Princeton University students and first generation and under-represented minority students are given priority for all positions.

Interns will have the opportunity to work in a range of departments, including curatorial, education, development, information technology, marketing, publications, and the museum store. Not all departments take interns each summer, and interns are placed on the basis of their experience, academic training, and departmental need. Please specify your interest in a specific department.

Summer 2017 projects include:

American Art: developing The Ecocritical Exhibition, a data visualization project quantifying the environmental impact of the upcoming exhibition Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment (2018) and communicating this information as part of the exhibition. Please apply for this position only through the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Ancient Art: assisting with specific projects and general tasks, including object exhibition and labeling, research, cataloging, and data entry. 

Art of the Ancient Americas: helping to organize the ancient Americas storage area; assisting with other tasks to gain a sense of the range of curatorial work.

Asian Art: completing research on the Chinese and Japanese collections; proficiency in Asian languages desirable.

Campus Collections: developing content and writing labels for the Princeton University Art Museum website dedicated to public art on campus; developing strategy and content for Campus Art for social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Education: assisting with PUPP (Princeton University Preparatory Program); interest in teaching and studio art desirable.

European Painting and Sculpture: assisting with a French paintings catalogue and researching paintings and sculptures in the collection; proficiency in European languages desirable.

Information & Technology—Two positions:

  1. Exhibition history project intern: creating digital resources to represent the Museum’s exhibition history from mid-20th century to the present; digitization, indexing, archival work.
  2. Collections discovery initiative intern: contributing to a major initiative to publish the museum’s collection online, assisting with image editing, data standardization, and bibliographic cataloguing.

Marketing & Public Relations: developing marketing strategies for upcoming exhibitions; drafting press releases; tracking media and social media coverage.

Modern & Contemporary: Assisting with research on international surrealism; proficiency in Spanish or French desirable.

Museum Store: helping with product development initiatives, system implementation including work on the store website, and writing for social media outlets and projects involving award winning regional craft artists; comfort level with social media in professional settings, interest in marketing and communication, and excellent written skills desireable.

Photography—Two positions: Photography seeks two undergraduate interns to assist with the review and cataloguing of photographs. 

Registrar & Collections Services: working on the digital archiving of key documents and other collections- and exhibition based-data entry and research; possibly helping with summer exhibitions. Familiarity with databases, data entry and photo applications, as well as an interest in the documentation and management of collections required.

Program
In addition to departmental responsibilities, interns receive a broad introduction to the Art Museum collection and to the museum field through a four-day orientation program, weekly lunch discussions with Museum staff, and field trips to other arts and cultural organizations in the region.

Eligibility
Undergraduate students from any two- or four-year college or university and any department; and graduate students who have completed their first year in a M.A. or Ph.D. program are eligible to apply. Previous recipients of the summer internship are not eligible to apply.

Dates and Compensation
The 2017 program will run from Monday, June 6 to Friday, August 5. Undergraduates generally work full-time (36.25 hours/week) and graduate students generally work part-time (depending on the restrictions of their academic program and the needs of their internship supervisor). Undergraduate students (and recent college graduates) are paid approximately $13 per hour. Graduate students are paid $20 per hour.

How to Apply
Applications must include: a cover letter describing the applicant’s specific interest in the Museum Voices Internship, including department of interest; academic and life experience that prepares the applicant for this program (museum experience is not necessary); and how a museum internship relates to the applicant’s larger educational or career goals. Applicants must also include a C.V. or résumé. two letters of academic recommendation, and an official academic transcript. Applications will be accepted beginning January 1; the deadline for receipt of all materials is 5 p.m. on February 26. The application should be submitted electronically to PUAMint@princeton.edu.

Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be sent in hard copy to:
Museum Voices Summer Internship
Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton, NJ 08544

Applicants may be contacted for interviews, and accepted applicants will be notified by the middle of April. For additional questions, see our Housing, Parking, and Other FAQ.

With Thanks
Internships are made possible in part by the Hilla von Rebay Foundation, the Frelinghuysen Foundation, and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.