As a Brooklyn Museum intern, you’ll join a dynamic group of other emerging arts professionals to re-envision the future of museums while gaining workplace skills through hands-on, real-world projects. Our goal is to provide you with the most current methods and tools that are relevant to your field and interests, assign projects that are tailored to support your personal and professional growth, and provide space for critical dialogue that challenges the role of museums today. We offer internships for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as adults who aren’t enrolled in higher education and who are at least twenty-two years of age.
If you’re a teen, check out our teen programs.
Internships combine two elements:
Departmental placements: As an intern, you’ll be paired with a supervisor and integrated into one of our departments, participating fully in day-to-day workplace activities and projects with the guidance of full-time staff members. Your placement is based on interest and relevant experience, and you’ll work alongside our expert staff on key tasks, gaining skills while making important contributions to the Museum as a whole. Interns also receive ongoing training and mentorship from department leaders who are committed to supporting interns’ growth, as well as their autonomy and agency, over the course of the program.
Weekly seminars: All of our internships combine practical experience with professional development through a series of weekly seminars that focus on the role of museums in society. During our fall and spring internships, seminars take place Fridays, 9:30 am–1:30 pm, and in summer they take place Fridays, 9:30 am–5:30 pm. The weekly seminars look critically at the history of museums, question how museums have responded to current events, trends, and social issues, and ask interns to envision what the next generation of museums will look like. Seminars include intimate conversations with Brooklyn Museum curators, conservators, educators, and collection and exhibition specialists, as well as invited artists and outside experts. You’ll also visit local artist studios, museums, and other cultural institutions. In every task, interns gain skills and perspectives on museum work, and learn how to transfer those skills to other types of professional experience.
Summer 2021 Internships
June 7–August 6, 2021
Online applications for the summer virtual internship program are open April 16–May 16, 2021.
Fall 2021 Semester Internships
September 17–December 3, 2021
Online applications open in May 2021. Check back for updates.
Spring 2022 Semester Internships
January 28–May 6, 2022
Online applications open in October 2022. Check back for updates.
Do you provide credit for internships?
We don’t provide credit. However, if your college or university offers credit, we can serve as a host institution.
Do I have to be in college or graduate school to be an intern?
No. We accept both current college students and individuals who have completed their associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. Doctoral students are not eligible for our internship program.
Do you offer visas?
We don’t pay for visas. If you’re interested in obtaining a visa on your own, in some circumstances we can serve as a host institution.
Do you require letters of recommendation?
Yes. We require two letters of recommendation.
Do my letters of recommendation have to be from a professor?
No. Letters don’t need to be from a professor. However, if your letters aren’t provided by professors, they must be from individuals who have worked with you in some capacity as supervisors or academic mentors.
How do I submit letters of recommendation?
You must submit your letters of recommendation with your online application; specific instructions can be found on the application form.
When will I receive notification about my application?
Each internship cycle has a different notification date. At the top of our online application form for each cycle, there’s a notification date listed for that particular cycle. Also, once you submit your application, you’ll receive an automatic confirmation email that includes the notification date.
I applied for an internship in the past and was not accepted. Can I apply again?
Yes. We encourage you to apply again and share your experiences, as well as the skills you’ve honed or acquired, since you submitted your last application.