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Internships for High School Students

Ever wonder what it's like behind the scenes at one of the world's largest and finest art museums?

A paid internship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is your chance to find out. You'll get the inside scoop on a wide variety of Museum jobs in conservation, education, photography, exhibition design, merchandising, and curatorial areas. You'll also develop professional skills, visit conservation labs, explore the galleries, and assist an expert in one of the Museum's departments—valuable experiences to build your résumé. You don't need prior experience or specific knowledge of art or art history to apply—just an interest in learning about museum careers and great works of art!

The Museum offers internships each summer and school year. Summer internships are open to students who, on the application date, are enrolled in grades 11 and 12 at any high school in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut tristate area. School year internships are open to students in grades 11 and 12 at a New York City Department of Education Title I high school. (Check Table 2 of the School Allocation Memorandum No. 08, FY 14 for a list of all NYC Department of Education schools and their Title I status. A "1" in the "Title I Status" column indicates a Title I school.)

To apply, first complete the application form online. Two recommendations, from two different recommenders, are also required; one recommendation must be from a teacher or school administrator. Recommendations must be submitted using the online recommendation form.

Dates to Remember

Summer 2014 Program

  • Application available: February 1, 2014
  • Deadline: April 9, 2014
  • Program dates: July 7–August 14, 2014, Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

School Year 2014–2015 Program

  • Application available: June 1, 2014
  • Deadline: September 17, 2014
  • Program dates: late October 2014 to early June 2015; after-school and weekend hours to be announced in June.

Apply Online

Online Recommendation Form

For more information, email highschoolinterns@metmuseum.org or call 212-650-2330.

Intern Insights: Design

Fall 2012 High School Intern Maha Ahmed discusses her experience at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. During this paid internship program for high school juniors and seniors, interns hear a range of Museum staff discuss their careers, get behind-the-scenes tours of galleries, offices, studios, and laboratories, participate in hands-on sessions to develop knowledge, skills, and behaviors useful in a variety of occupations, and explore and discuss works of art in the Museum's galleries with fellow interns. They also observe, assist, and receive mentoring from a staff member in one of the Museum's departments for a portion of their internship. Maha was placed in the Design Department under the supervision of Daniel Kershaw, exhibition design manager.

See www.metmuseum.org/highschoolinternships for more information on the High School Internship Program.

Program Support

Support for High School Internships is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Schein, Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Fund for High School Internships, The Billy Rose Foundation, Inc., The Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, and gifts in memory of Joe Rothenberg.