The Metropolitan Museum of Art

PICS Organization Name
Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, NY

Organization Description
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.

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. For example, students majoring in computer science can apply to intern in our Digital Department or Information Systems & Technology. Art history and other humanities students gain valuable experience not only in our curatorial departments, but also in areas like Editorial, Education, External Affairs, or Development. Studio art, design, or photography majors have thrived in areas like Digital, Graphic or Exhibition Design, or as part of our Creative Practice team in Education. Our Department of Scientific Research often welcomes students with a strong background in science.

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.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 10 6/7/21 - 8/13/21 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes No Unsure

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:
-willing 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
- Experience in communications, marketing, public relations or relevant field is preferred.
- Additional skills (not required): WordPress, Google Analytics, Google Webmaster, Adobe CC, email marketing / automation, and social media management.

Any and all language are always useful! We have a very international staff and audience.

Additional Info

We are able to provide a list of suggestions to students who are accepted to our program, as well as put them in touch with other interns to share apartments.

The Met's Security Department runs background checks on all staff and interns, and in addition, the interns are paid through a temp agency that runs background checks. Interns need to come to the Met at least one week advance of the internship start date to complete the Met's security check. The cost for the background check is paid by the organization.