Summer Internships

Summer 2022 Call for Applications

The Princeton University Art Museum will be hosting a 2022 summer internship program. At this time we cannot guarantee that it will be an in person internship. We did offer a successful virtual program in Summer 2020 and 2021 and if need be, we will offer a remote program in Summer 2022. 

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for one of the following eight-week summer internships 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
  3. Souls Grown Deep Research Grant at the Princeton University Art Museum

Summer Internships at the Princeton University Art Museum

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for an eight-week summer internship at the Princeton University Art Museum. The 2022 summer internship program will run from Tuesday, June 7, 2022 to Friday, July 29, 2022. Undergraduate students enrolled in any accredited college or university program, and graduate students enrolled in any accredited post-baccalaureate program are eligible to apply. Princeton University students are given priority.

Interns have the opportunity to work in one of several departments, including: curatorial, education, development, information technology, marketing, collections services, publications, or retail and wholesale operations. Based on the available internship positions listed below, summer applicants are encouraged to state their internship preference; however, the Museum cannot guarantee that applicants will be offered a position in their preferred department.

Interns are selected on the basis of their experience, academic training, and the needs of the Museum department.  Collections information research will be part of most interns’ experience. To learn about past summer internship projects, please watch our summer internship video series “Interns at Work.”

Summer 2022 projects:

African Art:

The intern will contribute to research and interpretation for the African galleries of the new building; advanced graduate student with knowledge of traditional, modern and contemporary African and African diasporic art strongly preferred.

American Art:

The intern will assist with provenance and biographical research and documentation, preparing alt text descriptions of collection objects for the visually impaired, and devising and preparing an online module on a collection theme.

Art of the Ancient Americas:

The intern will assist with provenance research and cataloguing, completing, formatting, and posting online provenance information related to ancient American collections from Latin America, including work on the Gillett Griffin bequest. There will be additional collaboration on various curatorial projects, including planning for installations in the new Museum building. A broad knowledge of ancient American art history and archaeology, as well as experience working with museum collections databases and provenance research, strongly preferred.

Asian Art:

The intern will work with curators on provenance research on works in the collections and provide research assistance for upcoming exhibitions and projects. Knowledge of an Asian language strongly preferred.

Director’s Office:

The intern will work with the Art Museum director to prepare an undergraduate course in museology. The intern will research scholarship and case studies, focusing on the museum as an agent of change and the museum’s role in preserving the pastResearch skills are necessary; graduate student in art history or a related field preferred.

Education-Academic Engagement:

Working closely with the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Engagement and the Museum editors, the intern will engage in research and label writing for objects that will be displayed in the new Museum facility. Strong research and writing skills are required.

Education- PLACE Program:

The intern serves as a class coordinator for the HBCU Alliance of Museums and Art Galleries and the Princeton University Art Museum’s Practice, Leadership, Artistry, Curation, and Equity (PLACE) Program. Designed to help increase diversity in the art leadership field, PLACE introduces participants to the inner workings of a university art museum and exposes them to a variety of museum careers and opportunities. Reporting to the Associate Director for Education, the PLACE intern helps plan course curriculum and coordinates with partner institutions presenting HBCU programs in the summer of 2022. The intern also participates in planning PLACE travel opportunities to New York City and Philadelphia. The intern assists with all aspects of class preparation, including scheduling for individual classes, arranging for audio-visual assistance for classes, and ordering refreshments. The intern acts as a liaison to course faculty, particularly those who will be traveling to Princeton to participate, assisting with their travel and accommodations if necessary. The intern participates in the PLACE program and serves as a liaison among the students, faculty, mentors, and Museum staff.

Education-The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), two positions:

The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) is a highly engaged, holistic college preparation and success program that fosters development of students who have been historically marginalized. This multi-year, tuition-free program prepares participants for admission to and success within selective colleges and universities, and beyond. This internship includes assisting with PUPP art courses, gaining hands-on classroom experience, exploring art from the Museum’s collections through student-driven discussions, and serving as a mentor for high school students of diverse backgrounds. Interns will develop an exhibition of student artwork created during the summer. Interns will also work with the Museum’s Education department providing support for summer programs, K-12 and adult outreach programs, and special projects. Interest in teaching, studio art, and/or museum studies desirable. Two positions available.

Education-Visitor Engagement:

The intern will work closely with the Visitor Logistics Coordinator and the Manager of Outreach to oversee the programming space at the Museum’s satellite gallery Art on Hulfish. The intern will develop and facilitate art-making projects for drop-in visitors and manage scheduled programs. The intern may coordinate outreach to K-12 teachers in preparation for the upcoming school year. The intern will also participate in an in-depth exploration of equitable access to the Museum.

Photography:

The intern will craft interpretive labels, complete keywording, and conduct basic object research for key works featured online. Graduate student (or undergraduate with exceptional writing skills) desirable.  Please include a short paragraph in your application cover letter that highlights an area of interest or specialization that intersects with the Museum's photography collections.

Collections Services:

The intern will work with registrars to condition report, confirm measurements, and record inscriptions for a recently acquired group of 245 photographs. As part of the project, the photographs will need to be placed into new boxes and locations will need to be updated in the collections management database (TMS) records. An additional project will include researching and documenting some of the oldest loans to the Museum’s collection and maintaining and updating records associated with loans throughout the Princeton campus.  

Internship Program

In addition to departmental responsibilities, interns receive a broad introduction to the Princeton University Art Museum’s collections and to the museum field through a four-day orientation program and weekly discussions with Museum staff.

Eligibility

Undergraduate students enrolled in any accredited college or university program, and graduate students enrolled in any accredited post-baccalaureate program are eligible to apply.  While previous academic year interns are eligible for a summer internship, previous summer interns are not eligible to apply. Princeton University students are given priority. 

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 2022 program will run from Tuesday, June 7 to Friday, July 29.  Undergraduate students (and recent college graduates) are paid approximately $14.00 per hour and usually work full-time (up to 36.25 hours per week). Graduate students are paid approximately $21.00 per hour and can work part-time or full-time (depending on their institution's funding restrictions as well as the Museum’s needs). All interns must be available to work the entire eight-week period.

How to Apply

Applications must include: a cover letter describing the applicant’s specific interest in the internship program, including the internship(s) 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, at least one letter of academic recommendation, and an official academic transcript. The deadline for receipt of all materials is 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2022. Please submit ALL materials electronically to PUAMint@princeton.edu.

Applicants may be contacted for interviews. Accepted applicants will be notified in early April. For additional questions, see our FAQs

With Thanks

Summer internships are made possible, in part, by generous support from the Anne C. Sherrerd, Graduate School Class of 1987, Art Museum Fund, the Hilla von Rebay Foundation, the Frelinghuysen Foundation, and the Joseph F. McCrindle Art Museum Internship Fund.


Museum Voices Internships 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 a Museum Voices Internship at the Princeton University Art Museum. As part of the Museum’s general summer internship program, the 2022 Museum Voices internships will run for eight weeks from Tuesday, June 7 to Friday, July 29. Undergraduate students enrolled in any accredited college or university program, and graduate students enrolled in any accredited post-baccalaureate program are eligible to apply. Princeton University students, first generation, and underrepresented minority students are given priority.

Interns have the opportunity to work in one of several departments, including: curatorial, education, development, information technology, marketing, collections services, publications, or retail and wholesale operations. Based on the available internship positions listed below, summer applicants are encouraged to state their internship preference; however, the Museum cannot guarantee that applicants will be offered a position in their preferred department.

Interns are selected on the basis of their experience, academic training, and the needs of the Museum department.  Collections information research will be part of most interns’ experience. To learn about past summer internship projects, please watch our summer internship video series “Interns at Work.”

Summer 2022 projects:

African Art:

The intern will contribute to research and interpretation for the African galleries of the new building; advanced graduate student with knowledge of traditional, modern and contemporary African and African diasporic art strongly preferred.

American Art:

The intern will assist with provenance and biographical research and documentation, preparing alt text descriptions of collection objects for the visually impaired, and devising and preparing an online module on a collection theme.

Art of the Ancient Americas:

The intern will assist with provenance research and cataloguing, completing, formatting, and posting online provenance information related to ancient American collections from Latin America, including work on the Gillett Griffin bequest. There will be additional collaboration on various curatorial projects, including planning for installations in the new Museum building. A broad knowledge of ancient American art history and archaeology, as well as experience working with museum collections databases and provenance research, strongly preferred.

Asian Art:

The intern will work with curators on provenance research on works in the collections and provide research assistance for upcoming exhibitions and projects. Knowledge of an Asian language strongly preferred.

Director’s Office:

The intern will work with the Art Museum director to prepare an undergraduate course in museology. The intern will research scholarship and case studies, focusing on the museum as an agent of change and the museum’s role in preserving the pastResearch skills are necessary; graduate student in art history or a related field preferred.

Education-Academic Engagement:

Working closely with the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Engagement and the Museum editors, the intern will engage in research and label writing for objects that will be displayed in the new Museum facility. Strong research and writing skills are required.

Education- PLACE Program:

The intern serves as a class coordinator for the HBCU Alliance of Museums and Art Galleries and the Princeton University Art Museum’s Practice, Leadership, Artistry, Curation, and Equity (PLACE) Program. Designed to help increase diversity in the art leadership field, PLACE introduces participants to the inner workings of a university art museum and exposes them to a variety of museum careers and opportunities. Reporting to the Associate Director for Education, the PLACE intern helps plan course curriculum and coordinates with partner institutions presenting HBCU programs in the summer of 2022. The intern also participates in planning PLACE travel opportunities to New York City and Philadelphia. The intern assists with all aspects of class preparation, including scheduling for individual classes, arranging for audio-visual assistance for classes, and ordering refreshments. The intern acts as a liaison to course faculty, particularly those who will be traveling to Princeton to participate, assisting with their travel and accommodations if necessary. The intern participates in the PLACE program and serves as a liaison among the students, faculty, mentors, and Museum staff.

Education-The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), two positions:

The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) is a highly engaged, holistic college preparation and success program that fosters development of students who have been historically marginalized. This multi-year, tuition-free program prepares participants for admission to and success within selective colleges and universities, and beyond. This internship includes assisting with PUPP art courses, gaining hands-on classroom experience, exploring art from the Museum’s collections through student-driven discussions, and serving as a mentor for high school students of diverse backgrounds. Interns will develop an exhibition of student artwork created during the summer. Interns will also work with the Museum’s Education department providing support for summer programs, K-12 and adult outreach programs, and special projects. Interest in teaching, studio art, and/or museum studies desirable. Two positions available.

Education-Visitor Engagement:

The intern will work closely with the Visitor Logistics Coordinator and the Manager of Outreach to oversee the programming space at the Museum’s satellite gallery Art on Hulfish. The intern will develop and facilitate art-making projects for drop-in visitors and manage scheduled programs. The intern may coordinate outreach to K-12 teachers in preparation for the upcoming school year. The intern will also participate in an in-depth exploration of equitable access to the Museum.

Photography:

The intern will craft interpretive labels, complete keywording, and conduct basic object research for key works featured online. Graduate student (or undergraduate with exceptional writing skills) desirable.  Please include a short paragraph in your application cover letter that highlights an area of interest or specialization that intersects with the Museum's photography collections.

Collections Services:

The intern will work with registrars to condition report, confirm measurements, and record inscriptions for a recently acquired group of 245 photographs. As part of the project the photographs will need to be placed into new boxes and locations will need to be updated in the collections management database (TMS) records. An additional project will include researching and documenting some of the oldest loans to the Museum’s collection and maintaining and updating records associated with loans throughout the Princeton campus.  

Internship Program

In addition to departmental responsibilities, interns receive a broad introduction to the Princeton University Art Museum collections and to the museum field through a four-day orientation program and weekly discussions with Museum staff.

Eligibility

Undergraduate students enrolled in any accredited college or university program, and graduate students enrolled in any accredited post-baccalaureate program are eligible to apply.  While previous academic year interns are eligible for a summer internship, previous summer interns are not eligible to apply. Princeton University students, first generation, and underrepresented minority students are given priority.

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 2022 program will run from Tuesday, June 7 to Friday, July 29.  Undergraduate students (and recent college graduates) are paid approximately $14.00 per hour and usually work full-time (up to 36.25 hours per week). Graduate students are paid approximately $21.00 per hour and can work part-time or full-time (depending on their institution's funding restrictions as well as the Museum’s needs). All interns must be available to work the entire eight-week period.

How to Apply
 

Applications must include: a cover letter describing the applicant’s specific interest in the internship program, including the internship(s) 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, at least one letter of academic recommendation, and an official academic transcript. The deadline for receipt of all materials is 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2022. Please submit ALL materials electronically to PUAMint@princeton.edu.

Applicants may be contacted for interviews, and all applicants will be notified by early April. For additional questions, see our FAQs

With Thanks

Summer internships are made possible, in part, by generous support from the Anne C. Sherrerd, Graduate School Class of 1987, Art Museum Fund, the Hilla von Rebay Foundation, the Frelinghuysen Foundation, and the Joseph F. McCrindle Art Museum Internship Fund.


Souls Grown Deep Research Grant at the Princeton University Art Museum

The Souls Grown Deep Foundation & Community Partnership is dedicated to promoting the work of Black artists from the South, and supporting their communities by fostering economic empowerment, racial and social justice, and educational advancement. The Foundation stewards an exceptional collection and provides funding annually to select institutions to afford undergraduate students professional experiences at leading art museums. 

The Princeton University Art Museum is pleased to have the opportunity to offer one Souls Grown Deep research grant for the summer of 2022. The $5,000 grant will provide support for an undergraduate student to conduct research and draft texts related to the Museum’s new acquisitions from the SGD collections.  The 2022 summer grant will run from Tuesday, June 7, 2022 to Friday, July 29, 2022.  The research grant recipient will work full-time (up to 36.25 hours per week). 

The grant recipient will be part of the activities of the Art Museum’s summer internship program, including a broad introduction to the collections and to the museum field through a four-day orientation program and weekly discussions with Museum staff.

Eligibility

While the Souls Grown Deep Foundation internship program is focused on supporting the professional development of students of color to enter and diversify the museum field, anyone with a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity in the field is welcome to apply for this grant.

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.

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae or résumé, as well as a cover letter expressing their interest in researching the Museum’s new acquisitions from the SGD collections.  Applicants must also arrange for two confidential letters of recommendation to be emailed directly to the address below.

Please submit all application materials to researchgrant@princeton.edu. Deadline extended to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29.

With Thanks

The Princeton University Art Museum Souls Grown Deep Summer Research Grant is made possible by the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.