The Whitney is paid Fall internship of the academic year program offers a one-semester internship for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited academic program. For fall 2021, interns will commit 16 to 21 hours per week for 10 to 12 weeks for a total of 200 hours. The decision of whether the internship will be virtual or hybrid has not been determined.
Please review department descriptions and refer to the list of departments requesting interns on the Application tab – not all departments will accept interns for the fall semester.
- Allowance of $ 3,000 (requirement of 200 hours for the semester)
- Interns are assigned to a specific department of the museum for the duration
- Monthly lecture series featuring museum professionals from across the Museum
- Interns are eligible for course credit
- Undergraduates and graduates currently enrolled in accredited university programs are eligible.
- Applicants must have completed a minimum of two years of academic courses. First year students are not eligible.
- Some positions may require university level training and / or work experience, noted in department descriptions.
- While a demonstrated interest in art and art history is preferred, students of all majors are encouraged to apply.
- Previous museum experience is not required.
Instructions for application
- TO RESUME Use the following naming convention when uploading your CV: LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_RESUME.pdf
- COVER LETTER Think about how Whitney’s mission relates to your background and life experience, explain your reasons for applying to the internship program, and describe what you hope to gain from this experience.
- GRAPHIC DESIGN Wallet is required. Please download to the app.
- To apply, please complete a form located on the Museum’s website: https://whitney.org/About/JobPostings
The submission deadline is: August 16, 2021, and the internship will start the week of September 27, 2021.
Specific to the department:
Projects / work assignments:
The trainee of the exhibition design department will provide support in the design of exhibitions at different stages of planning:
- Interns will participate in departmental design carts and meetings with exhibition curators to review design concepts and artistic layouts, as well as planning meetings involving colleagues from across the institution (via Zoom and in person)
- Interns will also help create artistic layouts, scale mockups of the artwork, study models, large scale mockups and presentation materials.
- Whenever possible, trainees will observe and assist on the ground during construction and installation.
Skills and qualifications required, including technological skills:
- Enrolled in a related architecture or design program
- 2D drawing skills, preferably Vectorworks, 3D modeling skills, preferably Rhino and V-Ray, and proficiency in Adobe Suite.
- Ease with the construction of study and finishing models
- Ability to think abstractly and creatively
- Attention to detail
- Good communication skills
- Ability to work in a flexible and fast-paced environment on concurrent projects
- When applying, applicants must provide a link to their design portfolio
Training to be provided:
- Trainees will be exposed to the process of making exhibitions from concept to installation and the role of exhibition design in this process.
- Interns will work alongside designers and curators to develop the narrative and environment of an exhibition.
- Interns will learn the tools designers use to communicate spatial and conceptual ideas to curators and the institution as a whole. This includes training in developing scale models of the artwork, working with architectural models from the exhibition, developing larger scale models, developing architectural drawings, and critically examining the art. artistic layout in terms of conservation narrative.
- Learn the skills to help assess art checklists, develop three-dimensional thinking with 2D and 3D work, learn the fundamentals of exhibition design planning.
- Gain insight into how a large museum of this stature works and how other departments affect the design of an exhibit.
About the Whitney
The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the largest collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries. From his vision was born the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has championed America’s most innovative art for 86 years. The heart of The Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit the American art of our time and to serve a wide range of audiences to celebrate the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. . Through this mission and an unwavering commitment to the artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force for modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in art. American today.
The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienation or citizenship, disability, marital status, partner status, veteran status, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes people solely on the basis of their qualifications for the position to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified applicants to apply for vacancies at all levels. This description should not be interpreted as a contract of any kind for a specific period of employment.
To apply, please complete a form located on the Museum’s website: https://whitney.org/About/JobPostings