The Cloisters Summer Internship for College Students

This nine-week internship is awarded each summer to eight undergraduate students who are interested in art and museum careers, enjoy working with children, and have an interest in medieval art. Interns join the Education Office of The Cloisters museum and gardens—the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art of medieval Europe—where they receive intensive training about the collection to share with New York City day campers and adult Museum visitors. Through meetings and discussions with curators, educators, conservators, and executive and administrative staff, interns also learn about the many professions that work together to achieve the Museum's mission. Applicants should be responsible and mature individuals who work well both independently and collegially. Experience working with children and experience with public speaking are desirable.

The first three weeks of the program consist of study tours, seminars, and pedagogy workshops that explore the collection and focus on themes that form the day-camp itineraries. Training continues throughout the internship, during which Mondays are mainly spent in seminars, galleries, and behind the scenes with museum professionals from various departments in the Fifth Avenue building. Interns learn to engage diverse audiences through practice tours and post-tour discussions, and explore materials and techniques used by medieval artists through hands-on workshops and field trips.

Gallery Teaching
For five weeks, interns conduct summer gallery workshops consisting of thematic tours followed by craft projects for day campers ranging from 4 to 12 years old.

Special Gallery Talks
The program culminates with a week of special gallery talks in which each intern presents an hour-long talk on a subject of his or her choosing. Interns develop research and presentation skills through weekly assignments and regular meetings with the internship coordinator, so much attention is focused on this project throughout the summer. Rehearsals with fellow interns and Education staff members help interns achieve their personal best.

Any matriculated undergraduate student who will not graduate before August 2016 is eligible to apply. First- and second-year undergraduates are given special consideration.

Dates and Compensation
June 13–August 12, 2016
Full time: five days, thirty-five hours per week
Compensation: approximately $3,150 ($10.00/hour, less applicable taxes and deductions)
The Cloisters Summer Internship Program is made possible by The Winston Foundation, Inc.

Application Process

The application deadline is January 13, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. (EST). We will not accept applications after the deadline.

There is no fee to apply to this internship.

Apply online.

Finalists will be invited to interview at The Cloisters in late February or March.

International Applicants
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 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.

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