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.

2018-19 Projects

Ancient Art: To research a publication of the Museum’s collection; the applicant should possess knowledge of Attic red-figure vase-painting.

American Art: To assist the curator of American art with research, preparation, and writing for an American art exhibition catalogue.

Asian Art: To research and catalogue Japanese materials in the collection, including woodblock prints and books, workshop drawings, and paintings; the candidate should be an advanced doctoral student specializing in Japanese culture.

Information and Technology, Collections Discovery Initiative: To contribute to a major initiative to make the museum’s collections accessible for teaching and research; projects will include cataloguing objects, copyright research, and collections tagging.

Modern and Contemporary Art: To develop an exhibition on Jean-Michel Basquiat, focusing on his work across media and the downtown New York art scene of the mid-1980s.

Photography: To assist with research and preparations for an upcoming photography rotation in the galleries; a familiarity with the history of photography is 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 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 Friday, June 22, 2018, 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.