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Research and Development Internship – The Museum of Modern Art – New York, NY

The Museum of Modern Art


As a sponsor of the J-1 visa program, the Museum is committed to providing opportunities for international students and emerging professionals to learn about the practices and organizational systems of an American museum. To this end, with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, MoMA is accepting applications for four 12-month internships for Greek nationals, including the Department of Film Internship. Details are listed below.

Assists the director of Research and Development, Paola Antonelli, in all areas. Performs administrative and research tasks in the context of R&D functions: coordinates interaction with other museum departments and committees; researches topics, companies, individuals, and technologies of immediate and long-term relevance to R&D and to the Museum; keeps track of pertinent topics in publications, blogs, and social networks; prepares mailings and briefings for selected MoMA staff; and maintains a site for the R&D Department. The intern will coordinate a group of R&D advisors and organize meetings of various scales and kinds, from one-on-one interviews to private salons and public symposia. The intern will act as a liaison with other areas of the Museum, such as curatorial departments, Digital Media and IT, Marketing and Communications, Development, Membership, Retail, and the offices of the COO, the Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, and the CFO.

Academic background in journalism, social sciences, design/art criticism, or a similarly composed curriculum that combines research and communication. Knowledgeable and self-assured in using contemporary media. Technologically up to date and conversant with design, especially interfaces and interaction. Excellent writing, communication, research, and organizational skills. Highly motivated with attention to detail. Computer and mobile skills (Google Docs, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Keynote, Twitter, basic Photoshop, and InDesign). Enthusiasm for working with a team and ability to manage multiple projects. Two years of experience in coordinating projects such as conferences or symposia preferred.

Recent graduates of master’s degree programs. The Museum encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply.

About the 12-Month Internship Program

Full-time, 12-month internships with stipends are offered for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a museum career. The focused departmental training is integrated with the fall, spring, and summer lecture series and complemented with financial provisions for the interns to create a research trip related to their field of interest. Additionally, monthly activities are designed specifically for this cohort to receive greater exposure to the museum and art fields.

Twelve-month internships provide training in specific museum fields through close work with a professional staff member, familiarity with modern and contemporary art through seminars and discussions, and an educational program that exposes interns to the workings of the Museum as a whole, while considering the role of museums in the broader cultural context.


September 9, 2019—September 4, 2020


June 7, 2019


August 2, 2019


Full time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m–5:30 p.m.)


$32,000 stipend (gross), subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $2,000 to cover travel expenses for an approved research trip related to the intern’s field of interest.

How to Apply

Please include the following attachments as part of your online internship application.

1. Essay

There are two required essays, each of which should be no longer than 500 words. Please answer the following prompts, and attach it as a PDF (preferred) or a Word file.

1. Why are you interested in participating in an internship at The Museum of Modern Art?

2. Discuss one of the following: a) What is the role of museums, and how do you envision their potential for evolution?
b) Describe an individual or an experience that has influenced your perception of the arts.

2. Résumé

Your résumé/curriculum vitae in PDF (preferred) or Word format.

Note that we will not review applications received after the deadline
, and we will only review complete applications. It is your responsibility to submit your application fully and on time.

Select applicants will be contacted to arrange interviews. The majority of interviews will be conducted over the phone. If we request an interview with you, we will email you to arrange a convenient date and time for you.

Do not contact MoMA about scheduling an informational interview. Due to the high volume of applications and interest, we do not have the available resources or staff to conduct informational interviews.

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