Unpaid Internships for College and Graduate Students at the Main Building

College students, graduate students, and recent graduates can gain practical museum experience, as well as professional workplace and organizational skills, through part-time and full-time internships at the main building of The Metropolitan Museum of Art throughout the year. These positions require a minimum commitment of twelve hours per week for at least ten weeks. Applicants are placed in departments that have requested assistance for specific projects based on their academic and extracurricular experience, expressed interest in specific departments, and letters of recommendation. The number of positions available varies depending on departmental needs.

In addition to receiving on-the-job training, unpaid interns have the opportunity to interact with one another and members of the Museum community through monthly intern events. These sessions include talks in the galleries and presentations by staff from various departments.

Interns have free admission to the Met, as well as other collections and research libraries in the New York metropolitan area.

Intern Placement
The Museum's need for interns varies throughout the year depending on the special projects and ongoing activities of specific departments. The Internship Office places an intern when an applicant's academic and work experience and statement of interest match the needs of a departmental request. Since these departmental openings vary, please indicate in your application essay whether you are willing to accept any placement that matches your skills should your department choices be unavailable.

This internship is available to matriculated college and master's-degree students, as well as recent graduates of either undergraduate or graduate programs. To be considered a recent graduate, applicants must have graduated no more than one year prior to submitting their application.

Application Process
Please apply using the online application. You will be asked to indicate two departments that you are interested in assisting, list all relevant coursework, and describe why you want to be an intern at the Metropolitan Museum and how your past experience and education support your departmental preferences. You will also be asked to submit a resume describing your past work and internship experience; please include all summer and academic-year paid and volunteer positions.

Note that internships require a minimum commitment of twelve hours per week for at least ten weeks. Academic credit may be arranged for interns at their schools' discretion.

Spring 2014: Application now closed (Notification: second week of December 2013)
Summer 2014: March 6, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. (EST) (Notification: last week of April 2014)
Fall 2014: July 17, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. (EST) (Notification: last week of August 2014)

Interviews, Transcripts, and Recommendation Letters
Interviews for unpaid internships are conducted at each department's discretion, and may or may not be required. Certain departments may also request transcripts and recommendation letters. We will contact you directly if needed.

International Applicants
Internships at the Museum are open to international applicants. Every foreign national who does not have the legal status to hold an internship and is accepted as an unpaid intern must obtain a J-1 visa to participate in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's internship program. Although the Museum will act as your host institution, we cannot sponsor your visa. To participate in the Exchange Visitor Program (J-1 visa program), you must go through an outside agency that has been authorized by the State Department to sponsor your 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.

Online Application
Please apply to the unpaid internship program using our online application.

Due to the high volume of applications and interest, the Internship Office does not have the resources or staff to conduct informational interviews. If you have additional questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.


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