Summer Internships

The summer 2019 search is now closed.

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 2019 summer internship program will run from Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, August 9. 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 various departments, which could include: 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. To learn about past summer internship projects, please watch our summer internship video series “Interns at Work.”

Summer 2019 projects include:

Ancient Art: assisting with the exhibition, Legacy: Selections from the Gillett G. Griffin Collection (opens July 27), celebrating the life, career, and benefactions of Gillett G. Griffin (1928-2016), former Curator of Pre-Columbian Art at the Princeton University Art Museum; cataloguing works in the collection.

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

Education-three positions:

  1. assisting with PUPP, the Princeton University Preparatory Program, an opportunity to teach high school students, gain hands-on classroom experience, create museum experiences for students of diverse backgrounds, and serve as a mentor for high school students with interest in the arts. 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 coordinate Museum visits for summer groups; scheduling and facilitating visits; working with the education team to develop activities for families and assist with visitor surveys and data collection and analysis in an effort to identify ways to improve visitor experiences.

Information & Technology—two positions:

  1. Digital Management Asset Internship: assisting in a major migration of image assets from a legacy Digital Asset Management system (DAMS) to a new, open source DAMS, the intern will review images for quality, unique composition, and usage, recommend images for retention and migration to the new DAMS, and enter specially designed metadata to facilitate the transfer of over xxx image files.
     
  2. Museum Records and Archives Internship: digitizing analogue materials, including over 50 years of Museum newsletters, the intern will learn to manage a digitization project, and be exposed to the broader concepts that are the foundation of access to museum content.

Institutional Advancement: coordinating individual giving initiatives (membership, direct mail, events); assisting with institutional funding applications; drafting and facilitating development correspondence and donor stewardship reporting; and gaining critical familiarity with the relationship-based database that is integral to this work.

Modern & Contemporary Art: developing installations for the collection galleries, research areas include modernism in Africa or Latin America, but could also include European or American modernism, as well as contemporary practices; strong research and writing skills are essential; research fluency in a second language is preferred.

Museum Store: assisting with visitor engagement and with product development related to artwork in the museum's collection.

Photography: assisting with an upcoming exhibition and publication; graduate student in Art History or a related field.

Prints and Drawings: working on a project cataloguing a large number of drawings by Michael Graves likely to come to the Museum early next year; interest in architectural drawings.

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 2019 program will run from Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, August 9. 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 9 (move in) to  Monday, August 12 (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 22. 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
Summer internships are made possible, in part, by generous support from the Frelinghuysen Foundation; the Hilla Rebay Foundation; the Douglas A. Hirsch and Holly S. Andersen Family Foundation; the Anne C. Sherrerd, Graduate School Class of 1987, Art Museum Fund; Christina Simonius, Class of 1990; and Ann and Argyris Vassiliou, Graduate School Class of 1991.


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 2019 summer program will run for 9 weeks from Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, August 9 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 various departments, which could include: 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. To learn about past summer internship projects, please watch our summer internship video series “Interns at Work.”

Summer 2019 projects include:

Ancient Art: assisting with the exhibition, Legacy: Selections from the Gillett G. Griffin Collection (opens July 27), celebrating the life, career, and benefactions of Gillett G. Griffin (1928-2016), former Curator of Pre-Columbian Art at the Princeton University Art Museum; cataloguing works in the collection.

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

Education-three positions:

  1. assisting with PUPP, the Princeton University Preparatory Program, an opportunity to teach high school students, gain hands-on classroom experience, create museum experiences for students of diverse backgrounds, and serve as a mentor for high school students with interest in the arts. 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 coordinate Museum visits for summer groups; scheduling and facilitating visits; working with the education team to develop activities for families and assist with visitor surveys and data collection and analysis in an effort to identify ways to improve visitor experiences.

Information & Technology—two positions:

  1. Digital Management Asset Internship: assisting in a major migration of image assets from a legacy Digital Asset Management system (DAMS) to a new, open source DAMS, the intern will review images for quality, unique composition, and usage, recommend images for retention and migration to the new DAMS, and enter specially designed metadata to facilitate the transfer of over xxx image files.
     
  2. Museum Records and Archives Internship: digitizing analogue materials, including over 50 years of Museum newsletters, the intern will learn to manage a digitization project, and be exposed to the broader concepts that are the foundation of access to museum content.

Institutional Advancement: coordinating individual giving initiatives (membership, direct mail, events); assisting with institutional funding applications; drafting and facilitating development correspondence and donor stewardship reporting; and gaining critical familiarity with the relationship-based database that is integral to this work.

Modern & Contemporary Art: developing installations for the collection galleries, research areas include modernism in Africa or Latin America, but could also include European or American modernism, as well as contemporary practices; strong research and writing skills are essential; research fluency in a second language is preferred.

Museum Store: assisting with visitor engagement and with product development related to artwork in the museum's collection.

Photography: assisting with an upcoming exhibition and publication; graduate student in Art History or a related field.

Prints and Drawings: working on a project cataloguing a large number of drawings by Michael Graves likely to come to the Museum early next year; interest in architectural drawings.

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 2019 program will run from Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, August 9. 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 10 (move in) to  Monday, August 12 (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 22. 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
Summer internships are made possible, in part, by generous support from the Frelinghuysen Foundation; the Hilla Rebay Foundation; the Douglas A. Hirsch and Holly S. Andersen Family Foundation; the Anne C. Sherrerd, Graduate School Class of 1987, Art Museum Fund; Christina Simonius, Class of 1990; and Ann and Argyris Vassiliou, Graduate School Class of 1991.