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Frequently Asked Questions

Internships at the Fifth Avenue Location

          Eligibility

          General Information about all Internships at the Fifth Avenue Location

          Fall and Spring Semester Internship Program

          MuSe Internship Program

          Notification and Interviews

          Letters of Recommendation and Transcripts

          Contact Information

The Cloisters Summer Internship for College Students

          Eligibility

          General Program Information

          Notification and Interviews

          Letters of Recommendation and Transcripts

          Contact Information

Internships at the Fifth Avenue Location

Eligibility

Are there internship opportunities for high school students?
Yes. For more information about internships for high school students, please see Internships for High School Students.

I have already graduated from a degree-granting institution. Am I eligible to apply for an internship?
If you graduated within twelve months of the application deadline, you are eligible for an internship. The only exceptions are in the case of individuals who are preparing to enter conservation programs. Contact us to inquire about opportunities and eligibility for pre-program conservation internships.

I am enrolled in a PhD program. Am I eligible to apply for an internship?
Possibly. If you have been accepted to a PhD program, or you are a current PhD student within the first twelve months of your program, you are eligible to apply. PhD candidates (those who have completed comprehensive exams and are embarking on dissertation research or writing) are NOT eligible for internships, but may be eligible to apply for Fellowships. If you are unsure about your PhD student eligibility, contact us.

Do I need to be an art history major to be eligible for the Museum's internship programs?
No! We welcome applications from students with varied interests and backgrounds. We have a large number of departments with academic relevance to business, computing, finance, political science, writing/editing, and many more. Request a full list of possible internship placement areas.

I am not a U.S. citizen. Am I eligible to apply for an internship?
Yes. The internship programs are open to international students.

Does the Museum sponsor visas?
No. Although the Museum will act as your host institution, we cannot sponsor your visa. Interns are responsible for ensuring that they have valid legal status under applicable U.S. visa regulations while participating in the Museum's program. If you require a visa, you may be eligible to participate in the Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 visa program) by going through an outside agency that has been authorized by the State Department to sponsor a J-1 trainee visa. These sponsors are responsible for supporting and monitoring foreign nationals during their exchange programs in the United States. We recommend that you consult with the U.S. embassy in your home country to determine which visa will allow you to participate in this internship. Please be aware that obtaining a visa is usually a lengthy process and can cost upwards of US$1,500; it must be completed well in advance of the internship start date. If you are accepted to the program and not granted a visa by the start date of your internship, your internship will be cancelled.

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General information for all internships at The Fifth Avenue Location

If I am accepted for an internship position, will the Museum provide housing?
No. If you are accepted into the internship program, it is your responsibility to arrange your own housing and accommodations.

If I am not accepted for an internship position, may I reapply the following year?
Yes, as long as you are still eligible the following year. You will need to resubmit a complete application, including letters of recommendation and transcripts if required for that internship program.

What happens after I submit my application?
The Academic Programs staff of the Met's Education Department reads through all of the applications we receive to determine whether your interests and skills match an available intern project for the upcoming semester. If we think you are a good candidate for one of the projects, we send your application to the supervisor of the project for consideration. At that point, you may be asked for additional material such as letters of recommendation, a portfolio, or an interview. We will contact you individually if this is necessary. All applicants will be notified about the result of their applications by the date indicated on the internship program page.

Does the Counsel's Office offer legal internships?
Yes. The Counsel's Office offers one unpaid, full-time legal internship in the summer for students who have just completed their first year of law school. Please submit your résumé and cover letter for initial review to Assistant Secretary and Senior Associate Counsel Jeffrey N. Blair at Jeffrey.Blair@metmuseum.org.

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Fall and Spring Semester Internship Program

Is the Fall and Spring Semester Internship Program paid?
Not at this time. We are happy to help you arrange academic credit with your school and provide whatever documentation is required.

Which departments currently have internship openings?
Internship opportunities vary every semester based on available projects and supervisors. Academic Programs will match applicants with departments based on their interests and skills. Please be sure to describe the specific interests and skills that might make you a good candidate for the kind of project or department to which you're applying.

Do I need to submit letters of recommendation with my initial application?
Recommendation letters are required for summer internships. For fall- and spring-semester internships, they are not required initially, but may be requested by individual supervisors. We will contact you directly if letters are needed.

How are applicants selected for the Fall and Spring Semester Internship Program?
Interns are selected based on a few factors: first, the availability of projects and supervisors in each Museum department. If your interests and skills match the needs of a particular project, you will be considered for an internship. If there's a project that matches your interests, we select students who above all are enthusiastic and eager to learn.

May I apply to the Fall and Spring Semester Internship Program more than once?
Yes, you may apply as many times as you like, as long as you are still eligible. We recommend that you update your essay and upload a new résumé and transcript each time.

Are there deadlines for applying to the Fall and Spring Semester Internship Program?
Yes. Please see the current deadlines.

May I submit my application before the deadline?
Yes. You may apply as soon as application forms are available on this website.

I missed the application deadline. May I submit a late application?
No. We do not accept late applications; there are no exceptions.

May I contact an individual Met staff member about being an intern with her/him?
No. Please do not contact staff outside Education about internships. All undergraduate and graduate students interested in being an intern at the Met must submit an application through Education. All internship inquiries should be directed to Academic Programs in Education. Individual Met staff members will direct you to our office if you contact them directly.

May I be an intern for one month during my winter break?
No. All internship periods are fixed, and we do not offer a winter internship.

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MuSe Internship Program

May I apply for a ten-week internship as well as a long-term internship (6-month, 9-month and 12-month)
Yes. On your application, please select all the internships for which you would like to be considered. Please read the eligibility requirements for each internship; long-term internships are only available for those who will have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate institution by the start date of the program.

I am currently an undergraduate freshman or sophomore; may I apply for the MuSe Internship Program?
No. The MuSe Internship Program is intended for current undergraduates who are juniors or seniors who will have graduated from college by the beginning of the program, individuals who graduated within twelve months of the application deadline, and current graduate students. Freshmen and sophomores may apply for The Cloisters Summer Internship for College Students.

May I take days off during the ten-week summer period of the MuSe Internship Program for vacation or other personal reasons?
No. The program is designed so that each intern participates in all training sessions from the first to the last day of the program as outlined in the program description. By submitting an application, you are confirming that you are available for a full-time internship for the full duration of the program.

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Notification and Interviews

Will I be notified when my application is received?
Yes. You will receive a confirmation email once your online application has been successfully submitted. If you do NOT receive this confirmation, please contact us.

Will I have to interview?
Selected applicants may be contacted by individual supervisors or departments for interviews. All interviews will be conducted by phone, Skype, or another similar video chat.

May I inquire about the status of my application?
Please do not write to us to ask about the status of your application. We make every effort to notify all applicants of their results in a timely manner.

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Letters of Recommendation, Transcripts, and Supplemental Material

Do you require letters of recommendation with my application?
Only for summer internships, not for Fall and Spring Semester internships. For the MuSe Internship Program only, two letters of recommendation are required. At least one of these letters must be from person who knows you in an academic context, like a professor or instructor. Ask the professor or instructor who knows you and your work the best to write the letter for you. Letters must be submitted directly by the recommenders through the online application system.

In the online application, you will provide the recommenders' names and email addresses; they will automatically receive email instructions as to how to upload their recommendation letters. We do not accept recommendation letters by email or post, or in person. Be sure to give your letter writers enough time; we recommend asking them at least one month before the application deadline. We do not accept recommendation letters after the application deadline.

May I submit a work recommendation instead of an academic recommendation for my application to the MuSe Internship Program?
At least one of your recommendations must come from a professor, instructor, or someone who knows you in an academic context. The other letter can be from a work supervisor, or another professional who knows you well, and can speak to your strengths, abilities, interests, etc.

My recommender will not be able to send a letter of recommendation by the application deadline. May I submit the letter of recommendation on his or her behalf?
No. Both letters of recommendation must be submitted directly from the recommenders via the online application system. The online application requires you to provide the recommenders' names and email addresses; they will automatically receive email instructions as to how to upload their recommendation letters. We do not accept recommendation letters via email or post, or in person.

Do letters of recommendation have to be written in English?
Yes. The internship application and supporting letters of recommendation must be written in English.

Do you require official university transcripts?
No. You will be asked to upload an unofficial academic transcript (and English translation, if necessary) from each institution you have attended. Graduate students must include both undergraduate and graduate transcripts. If you have official transcripts, you are, of course, welcome to upload those.

Do graduate student applicants need to submit undergraduate transcripts?
Yes. Graduate applicants must upload both graduate and undergraduate transcripts.

I am interested in being an intern in your Design Department. Do I have to upload a portfolio?
Yes. All students who would like to be considered for either a graphic design or exhibition design internship must submit a portfolio with the application. This is the most important part of the application for these internships. You will be asked to upload this with the online application. There is no size limit for the portfolio.

I am interested in being an intern in a creative area of the Met, like Studio Programs in Education. Should I upload a portfolio?
Yes. If you are interested in being considered for a project that involves a creative component, like Studio Programs in the Education Department, you should upload a sample of your work and an artist's statement. You will be prompted to do this in the online application.

Can I upload any other supplemental material that might help my application?
Yes. You may submit a short writing sample with your application, if you are particularly interested in an internship project area that involves writing or editing. Please do not submit anything longer than five pages.

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Contact Information

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions thoroughly before calling or submitting an email inquiry. Thank you.

For all other questions regarding Internships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students at the Fifth Avenue Location, please email mmainterns@metmuseum.org.

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The Cloisters Summer Internship for College Students

Eligibility

As a graduating college senior, am I eligible for The Cloisters Summer Internship for College Students?
No. To be eligible for The Cloisters Summer Internship you must be matriculated in an undergraduate degree program and not have graduated before the program begins.

Do I need to be an art history or medieval studies major to apply?
No. We welcome applications from students of varied interests and backgrounds. However, students who have taken at least one art history course, preferably covering medieval material, or at least one course in medieval history, literature, or another area of medieval culture, will present a stronger application.

As an international student, am I eligible for The Cloisters Summer Internship for College Students?
Yes. Internships at The Cloisters are open to international applicants. Interns are responsible for ensuring that they have valid legal status under applicable U.S. visa regulations while participating in the Museum's program. Although the Museum will act as your host institution, the Museum does not sponsor visas for interns. If you require a visa, you may be eligible to participate in the Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 visa program), by going through an outside agency that has been authorized by the State Department to sponsor a J-1 trainee visa. These sponsors are responsible for supporting and monitoring foreign nationals during their exchange programs in the United States. We recommend that you consult with the US embassy in your home country to determine which visa will allow you to participate in this internship. Please be aware that obtaining a visa is usually a lengthy process and can cost upwards of US$1,500; it must be completed well in advance of the internship start date.

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General Program Information

May I submit my application before the deadline?
Yes. You may apply as soon as application forms are available on this website.

I missed the application deadline. May I submit a late application?
No. The Cloisters does not accept late applications; there are no exceptions.

May I take days off during the summer internship period for vacation or other personal reasons?
No. The program is designed so that each intern participates in all training sessions and work duties from the first to the last day of the program as outlined in the program description.

How many interns are accepted into the program?
Eight interns are selected each year for The Cloisters Summer Internship for College Students.

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Notification and Interviews

Will I be notified when my application is received?
Yes. You will receive a confirmation email once your online application has been successfully submitted.

Is it possible to have a telephone interview?
Generally, no. In order to be considered, all applicants who are invited for an interview are expected to come to The Cloisters during late February or March for an in-person interview. If candidates present a compelling reason why they are unable to travel to The Cloisters, we may conduct interviews over the telephone or Skype.

If I am invited for an interview, will the Museum pay my transportation costs?
No. The Museum is unable to pay transportation costs.

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Letters of Recommendation and Transcripts

Can my professors fax their recommendations?
No. All recommenders must follow the email instructions they will receive to upload their letters via the online application system.

May I submit a work recommendation instead of an academic recommendation?
No. You must submit two academic recommendations, preferably from college professors.

If I transferred from one college to another, do I need to submit transcripts from both schools?
Yes. Please submit official transcripts from both colleges.

Do I need to send my high school transcript?
We require both high school and college transcripts for applicants currently in the first or second year of college; we require only college transcripts for applicants whose college transcripts currently record two or more full years of course grades.

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Contact Information

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions thoroughly before calling or submitting an email inquiry. Thank you.

For any questions regarding The Cloisters Summer Internship for College Students, please email cloistersinterns@metmuseum.org.

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