The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures. 

The Met's Undergraduate and Graduate Internship Program bridges the gap between academic studies and professional careers by providing interns with hands-on training to develop their knowledge and skills, as well as a network of professionals, mentors, and peers to support continued growth. During the summer program interns participate in a weekly seminar series and interact directly with the Museum's visitors by leading public tours in the galleries.

City/State

New York, NY

Internship Description

Departmental Placement 
Each intern is placed in one of the Museum's departments under the supervision of a full- time staff member. The Met has over forty department areas that host interns from a wide variety of academic backgrounds with an interest in art and museums. The PICS intern will be placed in a department relating to their interests, from among available internship placements. Students should read the descriptions on this page in advance of writing their application, and reference their area of interest in the application: https://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/internships/undergraduate-and-gr...

The Museum Seminar (MuSe) Series 
During the internship, one day per week is devoted to the Museum Seminar Series. The goal of the series is to give interns an understanding of the many different kinds of work that occur at The Met, and how Museum professionals collaborate to plan and support the daily operations of one of the world's largest museums. Through these weekly seminars interns are connected to a community of Met staff, fellows, and other interns. Programs include conversations with the Director and other staff members, talks and workshops in The Met's galleries, conservation lab tours, brown-bag lunches with staff, field trips to other cultural institutions, and intern-led discussion sessions. 

Public Tours 
All MuSe interns interact with visitors by designing and leading public tours in the Museum's galleries and helping visitors at the Information Desk. At the beginning of the summer, interns participate in an intensive two-week training period about gallery teaching. They learn how to talk with the public about original works of art in the galleries in a way that is relevant, engaging, and accessible. Interns then develop tours that incorporate their own interests and offer visitors an insider perspective on The Met and its collection.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
10 6/6 - 8/12 2022 9:00am 5:00pm Yes No In person

Housing Information

Students need to arrange their own housing. We put interns in touch with other incoming Met interns for housing sharing, and do our best to provide a list of starting points for searching for housing. 

Internship Qualifications

Specific qualifications vary based on the Museum department and project. In general, interns should be: 

  • excited about art and museums 
  • interested in at least two different areas of our Museum 
  • eager to learn about gallery teaching and visitor engagement 

Common qualifications for our departments include: 

  • strong communication skills, both verbal and writing 
  • research skills 
  • knowledge of MS Office 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Customer service skills 

Additional qualifications:

  • Proficiency in a second language is always helpful, especially Spanish. 

Writing Sample Required

None

Special Requirements

  • Background Check
  • Citizenship Requirements
  • Vaccinations