Academic Year Paid Opportunities for Students

The Princeton University Art Museum offers academic year undergraduate research, planning, and graphic design positions for Princeton students and internships for Princeton graduate students. All applicants should apply for a specific project.

2024–25 Projects:

African Art: The student will conduct in-depth provenance research on works in the African art collection and assist with research on potential acquisitions. Undergraduate and graduate students should have a knowledge of or interest in historical, modern, and contemporary African arts. Deadline extended to June 28.

Ancient Art: The student will assist the curator with provenance research on objects 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.

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

European Art: The student 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 student 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.

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

Photography: The student will assist with various acquisition- and exhibition-related research and writing tasks; graduate student preferred, but undergraduates with exceptional writing skills will be considered.

Prints and Drawings: The student will assist with various curatorial activities including cataloguing, provenance research, and may provide assistance on future exhibitions. Excellent writing skills, knowledge of a European language, and interest in a future museum career, with a focus on prints and drawings, preferred.


Academic year internships are generally restricted to Princeton University graduate students, and academic year research, planning, and graphic design positions are generally restricted to Princeton undergraduate 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 generally work up to 10 hours per week during the semester; graduate students are not permitted to exceed 10 hours per week during the semester. Undergraduate students are paid approximately $16 per hour and graduate students are paid approximately $22 per hour.

Deadline and how to apply

By Friday, June 14, all application materials, including recommendation letters, should be submitted electronically to

Please include the following materials:

  • Cover letter describing your specific interest in the 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 graduate student academic year internships are made possible by an endowment from the estate of Joseph F. McCrindle.