Whitney Museum Sumnmer 2018 Internships -New York, NY

Summer Internship 2018

The Research Resources Department at the Whitney Museum of American Art seeks accomplished graduate students (or recent graduates) interested in completing a full-time, paid nine-week internship during the summer of 2018 at the Frances Mulhall Achilles Library and Archives. The program includes training, direct work experience, professional development, and a mentorship program that connect interns with key Whitney staff.  The internships run from Monday, June 4 through Friday, August 3, 2018.

Participants will receive $5,000 as a stipend for full participation.  In addition, the Museum holds a weekly speaker series featuring curators and other museum professionals, as well as field trips to other cultural institutions for summer interns.  Interns are invited to attend Museum openings, the staff summer party, and will receive free admission to most New York City museums.

General information about the summer program is available at http://whitney.org/About/Internships

Research Resources internships are available in two divisions, described below.  Please read each description carefully for further details and information on how to apply.

Library and Special Collections Internship

Under the supervision of professional library staff, the intern(s) will gain first-hand experience in multiple areas related to the management of a library in a museum setting.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Metadata creation for ephemera and books.
  • Collections assessment and library space planning.
  • Preservation rehousing for special collections.
  • Reference and circulation duties.
  • The ability to work independently with attention to detail is required. Some heavy lifting is involved. Knowledge of MARC, LCC and LCSH, and Voyager ILS is a plus. Applicants must be able to commit to five full days per week (approximately 35 hours a week).

If interested, please send a cover letter and current resume to library@whitney.org

To learn more about our Library, visit http://whitney.org/Collection/Research/Library


Archives Internship

Under the supervision of the professional Archives Manager, the intern will gain first-hand experience and training in multiple areas related to the management of archives in a museum setting. Responsibilities may include:

  • Archival processing (arranging, describing, re-housing) archival materials according to archival standards.
  • Describing materials and editing online finding aids using ArchivesSpace.
  • Assisting researchers at the reference desk and monitoring the reading room.
  • Assisting the Archives Manager and curatorial team in researching materials related to institutional history.
  • Scanning and preparing digital surrogates of select archival material.
  • Assisting with routine administrative tasks such as paging boxes for researchers, answering phones, and labelling boxes and folders.

The ability to work independently with sharp attention to detail is required. Interest in modern and contemporary American art and/or museum work is strongly preferred. Knowledge of ArchivesSpace, Archivist’s toolkit, DACs, spreadsheet software, and Adobe Photoshop is a plus. The ability to lift cartons (up to 35 lbs) is required.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to archives@whitney.org

​​To learn more about our archival collections, visit: http://whitney.org/Collection/Research/Archives

Research Resources at the Whitney Museum of American Art 

The Research Resources Department at the Whitney Museum of American Art oversees and provides access to a rich collection focused on modern and contemporary art and artists.  Comprised of the Archives, Permanent Collection Documentation Office, Special Collections, and The Frances Mulhall Achilles Library, the department supports the research needs of museum staff and a wide range of constituencies that include scholars, curators, artists and graduate students.