Summer Internships

Summer 2018 Call for Applications

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for one of the following joint 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 2018 summer internship program will run from Tuesday, June 12 through Friday, August 10. 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. Please specify your interest in a specific department. Not all departments take interns each summer. Interns are placed on the basis of their experience, academic training, and departmental need. Collections information research will be part of all the interns’ experience.

Summer 2018 projects include:

Ancient Art: assisting with projects relating to the study, exhibition, interpretation, and maintenance of works of art in the collection, and improving access to selected object records and upgrading on-line information.

Art of the Ancient Americas: preparing a rotation of objects for the galleries; assisting with the organization of works in storage.

Asian Art: completing research on Japanese and Korean paintings in the collection; knowledge of these languages strongly preferred.

Campus Collections: developing content for Campus Art at Princeton, the Princeton University Art Museum website dedicated to public art on campus; developing strategy and content on Campus Art for social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; providing written content for campus installations, conducting research in areas identified by the Manager of Campus Collections.

Education:

  1. assisting with PUPP (Princeton University Preparatory Program); interest in teaching and studio art desirable; two positions available.
  2. Visitor Engagement: working closely with the Visitor Logistics Coordinator and the Manager of Outreach to be the face of the Museum for summer groups; answering questions, scheduling and facilitating visits; working with the education team to develop engaging activities for families and will assist with visitor surveys and data collection and analysis in an effort to identify ways of improving visitor experiences.

Information & Technology—two positions:

  1. Intellectual Property Intern: reviewing copyright status of works of art in the collections, researching copyright holders, and updating licenses and agreements in the Museum's collections information system TMS.
  2. Collections information intern: collaborating with Museum staff to facilitate discovery of the over 100,000 objects in the Museum's collection. Tasks will include data modeling, lexicon construction, and data cleanup. This position is especially suitable for Art History or Information Science graduate or advanced undergraduate students.

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

Modern & Contemporary Art: assisting with research for an upcoming exhibition; proficiency in a second language, in addition to English, highly desirable. Interest or knowledge in ONE of the following themes is a plus: Mexican modernism, photographic theory, textile-based arts, or the economics of environmentalism.

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 communications, and excellent written skills desirable.

Photography—two positions: assisting with the review and cataloguing of photographs in the collection.

Photography Archive Internship:  creating a finding aid for the paper records of the Minor White Archive.  The project will establish an essential baseline for access to this important and frequently requested material.

 

Program
In addition to departmental responsibilities, interns receive a broad introduction to the Art Museum collections 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. Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Dates and Compensation
The 2018 program will run from Tuesday, June 12 through Friday, August 10. 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.

The Art Museum can provide on-campus housing at no cost to you. Those offered positions should contact Veronica White by April 20 if you will be requesting housing. Housing will be provided from Monday, June 11 (move in) to  Monday, August 13 (move-out). Please note that we cannot provide housing outside of these dates.

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 23. 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 and the Frelinghuysen 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 2018 summer program will run for 9 weeks from Tuesday, June 12 through Friday, August 10 and is a joint program with the general internship. 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.

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. Appliants apply for the same positions as the general program. Please specify your interest in a specific department. Not all departments take interns each summer. Interns are placed on the basis of their experience, academic training, and departmental need. Collections information research will be part of all the interns’ experience.

 

Summer 2018 projects include:

Ancient Art: assisting with projects relating to the study, exhibition, interpretation, and maintenance of works of art in the collection, and improving access to selected object records and upgrading on-line information.

Art of the Ancient Americas: preparing a rotation of objects for the galleries; assisting with the organization of works in storage.

Asian Art: completing research on Japanese and Korean paintings in the collection; knowledge of these languages strongly preferred.

Campus Collections: developing content for Campus Art at Princeton, the Princeton University Art Museum website dedicated to public art on campus; developing strategy and content on Campus Art for social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; providing written content for campus installations, conducting research in areas identified by the Manager of Campus Collections.

Education:

  1. assisting with PUPP (Princeton University Preparatory Program); interest in teaching and studio art desirable; two positions available.
  2. Visitor Engagement: working closely with the Visitor Logistics Coordinator and the Manager of Outreach to be the face of the Museum for summer groups; answering questions, scheduling and facilitating visits; working with the education team to develop engaging activities for families and will assist with visitor surveys and data collection and analysis in an effort to identify ways of improving visitor experiences.

Information & Technology—two positions:

  1. Intellectual Property Intern: reviewing copyright status of works of art in the collections, researching copyright holders, and updating licenses and agreements in the Museum's collections information system TMS.
  2. Collections information intern: collaborating with Museum staff to facilitate discovery of the over 100,000 objects in the Museum's collection. Tasks will include data modeling, lexicon construction, and data cleanup. This position is especially suitable for Art History or Information Science graduate or advanced undergraduate students.

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

Modern & Contemporary Art: assisting with research for an upcoming exhibition; proficiency in a second language, in addition to English, highly desirable. Interest or knowledge in ONE of the following themes is a plus: Mexican modernism, photographic theory, textile-based arts, or the economics of environmentalism.

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 communications, and excellent written skills desirable.

Photography—two positions: assisting with the review and cataloguing of photographs in the collection.

Photography Archive Internship:  creating a finding aid for the paper records of the Minor White Archive.  The project will establish an essential baseline for access to this important and frequently requested material.

 

Program
In addition to departmental responsibilities, interns receive a broad introduction to the Art Museum collections 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. Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Dates and Compensation
The 2018 program will run from Tuesday, June 12 through Friday, August 10. 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.

The Art Museum can provide on-campus housing at no cost to you. Those offered positions should contact Veronica White by April 20 if you will be requesting housing. Housing will be provided from Monday, June 11 (move in) to  Monday, August 13 (move-out). Please note that we cannot provide housing outside of these dates.

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 23. 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 and the Frelinghuysen Foundation.