McCrindle Academic Year Internships

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.

2017/18 Projects:

  • Ancient Art: To assist with improving digital access to the collection, including unaccessioned material from the Antioch excavations, and with the publication of reports on Princeton excavations in Cyprus and Greece, among other tasks.
  • Asian Art: To catalogue and research primarily Japanese materials in the collection, including paintings, prints, and sculpture. The candidate should be an advanced doctoral student specializing in Japanese culture.
  • European Painting and Sculpture: To complete research and write entries for an online catalogue of French paintings in the collection, concentrating on the eighteenth century; excellent research skills and proficiency in European languages desirable.
  • Information and Technology, Digital Projects Intern: To provide seamless access to Museum digital images - indexing, reformatting of born digital materials, and image tagging.
  • Information and Technology, Collections Discovery Initiative intern: To contribute to a major initiative to publish the museum’s collection online, assisting with image editing, data standardization, and bibliographic cataloguing.
  • Modern and Contemporary: To research artworks in the collection, with special attention to developing long-term exhibition and conservation strategies for video and mixed-media works. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to contribute to thoughtful installations for these collection galleries.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  • 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 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. Graduate students should obtain approval from their graduate supervisors and departmental administrator.


Undergraduates work up to 20 hours per week; graduate students are not to exceed 10 hours per week during the semester. Undergraduate students are paid approximately $13 per hour and graduate students are paid approximately $20 per hour.

Deadline and how to apply

By June 23, 2017, 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.

Please 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 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. Official transcripts must 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.