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.

2023-24 Projects:

African Art:

The intern will conduct in-depth provenance research on works in the African art collection. Advanced graduate student with knowledge of historical African art and experience with provenance research strongly preferred. 

American Art: The intern will catalogue and/or complete provenance research for the American collection. Graduate student with knowledge of American art history preferred.

Ancient Art: The intern will work with the curator on provenance research on works in the collections and provide research assistance for upcoming exhibitions and projects. Research skills are necessary, and a background in Greek and Roman art and knowledge of ancient Greek or Latin are preferred.

Art of Ancient Americas: The intern will work with the curator to accession the Gillett Griffin bequest and to work on provenance for the ancient Americas collections.

Asian Art: The intern will catalogue and work on provenance research for the Asian collection as well as assist with general curatorial tasks; advanced graduate student with knowledge of Asian art history and exceptional Asian language skills preferred.

Graphic Design: The intern will actively collaborate on graphic design projects with a range of production and creative needs. The following skills are requested: working knowledge of InDesign, basic or advanced graphic design and typography skills.

European Art: The intern will contribute to research projects related to the European painting and sculpture collection, including provenance research; graduate student with knowledge of at least one European language preferred.

Exhibition and Gallery Rotation Planning:  The intern will contribute to planning for the Museum’s future ambitious exhibitions and gallery rotations calendar. Students interested in project management and planning with strong problem-solving and organizational skills preferred.

Photography: The intern will assist with various acquisition-and exhibition-related research and writing tasks; graduate student (or undergraduate with exceptional writing skills) preferred.


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. Graduate students should obtain approval from their graduate supervisors and departmental administrator.


Undergraduates work up to 20 hours per week; graduate students are not permitted to exceed 10 hours per week during the semester. Undergraduate students are paid approximately $15 per hour and graduate students are paid approximately $21.50 per hour.

Deadline and how to apply

By Friday, June 23, all application materials, including recommendation letters, should be submitted electronically to

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.
  • At least one letter of academic recommendation. This letter should be from a professor or instructor who is 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. Please ask your letter writer to include your name in the subject line of the e-mail.
  • An official transcript. Official transcripts must be emailed directly from your school.

Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. For additional questions, see our FAQs

The academic-year internship program is made possible by an endowment from the estate of Joseph F. McCrindle.