Department of Architecture and Design Internship

The Museum of Modern Art - New York, NY

Full-time | Internship
Description: Assists with tasks related to the exhibition Modern Architecture in South Asia (working title), scheduled to open in the summer of 2021. Responsibilities will include helping the curatorial team refine the exhibition checklist by creating and updating exhibition records; assisting with research related to potential loaned works for inclusion in the exhibition; helping to coordinate correspondence with potential lenders; assisting curatorial staff with the exhibition catalogue, including securing image permissions and proofing captions; and helping create object labels and wall texts for the displayed works. The exhibition’s primary focus will be architecture from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and possibly Nepal. Models, films, photographs, drawings, prints, and works in other mediums will be included. The exhibition will include a number of loaned works. Reports to the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design.

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have experience working in curatorial and research settings, a background in architecture, and excellent writing skills. Exceptional organizational and communication skills; demonstrated ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines; and the ability to take initiative. Bachelor’s degree in architecture or art history and some graduate coursework is required. Knowledge of the architecture of South Asia or global modernisms more generally is preferred but not required. Speaking proficiency in Hindi and/or Urdu is preferred but not required.

Eligibility: Recent graduates of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. The Museum encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. International candidates are eligible to apply.

About the 12-Month Internship Program
Full-time, 12-month internships with stipends are offered for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a museum career. The focused departmental training is integrated with the fall, spring, and summer lecture series and complemented with financial provisions for the interns to create a research trip related to their field of interest. Additionally, monthly activities are designed specifically for this cohort to receive greater exposure to the museum and art fields.

Twelve-month internships provide training in specific museum fields through close work with a professional staff member, familiarity with modern and contemporary art through seminars and discussions, and an educational program that exposes interns to the workings of the Museum as a whole, while considering the role of museums in the broader cultural context.


September 9, 2019—September 4, 2020


June 7, 2019


August 2, 2019


Full time (Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m–5:30 p.m.)


$32,000 stipend (gross), subject to applicable tax withholdings. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $2,000 to cover travel expenses for an approved research trip related to the intern’s field of interest.

How to Apply
Please include the following attachments as part of your online internship application.

1. Essay

There are two required essays, each of which should be no longer than 500 words. Please answer the following prompts, and attach it as a PDF (preferred) or a Word file.

1. Why are you interested in participating in an internship at The Museum of Modern Art?
2. Discuss one of the following: a) What is the role of museums, and how do you envision their potential for evolution?
b) Describe an individual or an experience that has influenced your perception of the arts.

2. Résumé

Your résumé/curriculum vitae in PDF (preferred) or Word format.

Note that we will not review applications received after the deadline, and we will only review complete applications. It is your responsibility to submit your application fully and on time.

Select applicants will be contacted to arrange interviews. The majority of interviews will be conducted over the phone. If we request an interview with you, we will email you to arrange a convenient date and time for you.

Do not contact MoMA about scheduling an informational interview. Due to the high volume of applications and interest, we do not have the available resources or staff to conduct informational interviews.

Internship FAQs

Bachelors or better