Summer Internships

Summer 2021 Call for Applications

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for one of the following joint eight-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 an eight-week summer internship program at the Princeton University Art Museum. The 2021 summer internship program will run from Tuesday, June 8 to Friday, July 30. 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 2021 projects include:

American Art: supporting the image description project, writing short descriptions of works of art to enhance accessibility for the visually impaired, and providing research assistance for the upcoming traveling exhibition, ‘Object Lessons in American Art.."

Communication and Information-two positions:

  1. Accessibility for Digital Content: working with the application development and collections information teams on a variety of tasks meant to improve the level of accessibility in the Museum's digital content. Interest in or previous experience with web accessibility a plus.
  1. Collection Discovery: working with the collections information team to devise and implement new modes of access and discovery for the Museum's collections online, centered around tools such as keywording and thematic groupings meant to deliver digital collections to expanded audiences.

Education-two positions:

PUPP and Museum Education: 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 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.

Marketing: Working with the Manager of Marketing & PR to assess and improve digital engagement, audit social media goals and analytics, make recommendations for new tools/approaches, help cue up content and (re)launch Pinterest, and explore additional outreach opportunities, especially to University student community.

Modern and Contemporary Art: conducting research and interpretation to improve online searchability and access to the Museum's collection of modern and contemporary Latin American art. A rigorous attention to detail, advanced research skills, and knowledge of twentieth and twenty first-century art is essential; ability to work in Spanish or Portuguese and previous study of or background experience in Latin American art or culture is beneficial. 

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

Photography: crafting interpretive labels, completing keywording, and conducting basic object research for key works featured online; graduate student (or undergraduate with exceptional research and writing skills) desirable.

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 and weekly discussions with Museum staff.

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 2021 program will run from Tuesday, June 8 to Friday, July 30.  Undergraduate students (and recent college graduates) are paid $13.50 per hour and usually work full-time (36.25 hours per week), but hours might be adjusted this summer. Graduate students are paid approximately $20 per hour and can be part-time or full-time (depending on their institution's funding restrictions as well as our own budgetary restrictions). 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 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, at least one letter of academic recommendation, and an official academic transcript. The deadline for receipt of all materials is 5 p.m. on Friday, February 26. Please submit ALL materials electronically to PUAMint@princeton.edu.

Applicants may be contacted for interviews, and 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 Frelinghuysen Foundation, Douglas Hirsch and Holly Anderson, the Joseph F. McCrindle Art Museum Internship Fund, and the Anne C. Sherrerd, Graduate School Class of 1987, Art Museum Fund.


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 Museum Voices Internship at the Princeton University Art Museum. The 2021 summer program will run for eight weeks from Tuesday, June 8 to Friday, July 30 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 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 2021 projects include:

American Art: supporting the image description project, writing short descriptions of works of art to enhance accessibility for the visually impaired, and providing research assistance for the upcoming traveling exhibition, ‘Object Lessons in American Art.."

Communication and Information-two positions:

  1. Accessibility for Digital Content: working with the application development and collections information teams on a variety of tasks meant to improve the level of accessibility in the Museum's digital content. Interest in or previous experience with web accessibility a plus.
  1. Collection Discovery: working with the collections information team to devise and implement new modes of access and discovery for the Museum's collections online, centered around tools such as keywording and thematic groupings meant to deliver digital collections to expanded audiences.

Education-two positions:

PUPP and Museum Education: 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 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.

Marketing: Working with the Manager of Marketing & PR to assess and improve digital engagement, audit social media goals and analytics, make recommendations for new tools/approaches, help cue up content and (re)launch Pinterest, and explore additional outreach opportunities, especially to University student community.

Modern and Contemporary Art: conducting research and interpretation to improve online searchability and access to the Museum's collection of modern and contemporary Latin American art. A rigorous attention to detail, advanced research skills, and knowledge of twentieth and twenty first-century art is essential; ability to work in Spanish or Portuguese and previous study of or background experience in Latin American art or culture is beneficial. 

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

Photography: crafting interpretive labels, completing keywording, and conducting basic object research for key works featured online; graduate student (or undergraduate with exceptional research and writing skills) desirable.

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 and weekly discussions with Museum staff.

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 2021 program will run from Tuesday, June 8 to Friday, July 30.  Undergraduate students (and recent college graduates) are paid $13.50 per hour and usually work full-time (36.25 hours per week), but hours might be adjusted this summer. Graduate students are paid approximately $20 per hour and can be part-time or full-time (depending on their institution's funding restrictions as well as our own budgetary restrictions). 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 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, at least one letter of academic recommendation, and an official academic transcript. The deadline for receipt of all materials is 5 p.m. on Friday, February 26. 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 Frelinghuysen Foundation, Douglas Hirsch and Holly Anderson, the Joseph F. McCrindle Art Museum Internship Fund, and the Anne C. Sherrerd, Graduate School Class of 1987, Art Museum Fund.