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The Met Cloisters Fall- and Spring-Semester Internships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

We offer a very limited number of unpaid internships at The Met Cloisters for current students and recent graduates during the academic year. These internships feature the development of professional skills in a variety of fields and learning about museum practice. They 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.

In addition to focused learning through projects in various areas, interns join a community of interns and staff during their time at The Met Cloisters. All interns have opportunities to attend gallery programs, presentations by staff, and behind-the-scenes visits.

Program Information

The Met Cloisters has several areas, including Education, Administration, Curatorial, Conservation, Gardens, and the Library. We select interns based on the availability of projects and supervisors in each area; opportunities are limited and change every semester. Request a list of possible internship placement areas. If your interests and skills match the needs of a particular project, you will be considered for an internship. Please do not contact individual staff members to inquire about internships or current projects.

Precise dates will be agreed upon between interns and their supervisors.

Unpaid internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, as well as recent graduates. To be considered a recent graduate, applicants must have graduated no more than twelve months before the application deadline. MA and PhD students may be eligible to apply within the first twelve months of their program, provided that they have not yet achieved candidacy. PhD candidates are not eligible for internships. If you are unsure about your PhD student eligibility, contact us.

Conservation internships: If you are no longer a student or recent graduate, but are looking for a preprogram internship in a conservation department in order to apply to a graduate conservation program, contact us to inquire about your eligibility.

Undergraduate and graduate internships at the Museum 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. If you are offered an internship but do not have your visa before the start date of the program, your internship will be canceled.

How to Apply

Submit a PDF or Word document via email including the following information: the area(s) at The Met Cloisters that interest you, your academic interests and skills, and a short essay explaining why you want to be an intern at The Met Cloisters. Also submit via email an unofficial transcript and a résumé (including references) describing your past work and internship experience. Depending on the area(s) you select, you may be asked to submit a short writing sample. We recommend that you review your application carefully before submitting, and perhaps ask one of your instructors or professors to review your essay and/or résumé as well. If you are unsure about how to write a résumé, we suggest you contact the career services center at your college or university for guidance.

Fall and Spring Application: submit as PDF or Word document to cloisters.interns@metmuseum.org


Internship Period Application Deadline Notification
Spring 2017 December 16, 2016, 11:59 pm (ET) First week of January
Fall 2017 June 5, 2017, 11:59 pm (ET) Third week of August

Interviews are not required, but many internship supervisors ask to interview finalists before making a decision. We will contact you directly about an interview if needed.

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