– The Met's Conservation Departments study, preserve, and conserve works of art using a variety of scientific and artistic techniques. Additional details can be found here
. High school interns observe conservation efforts and assist with tasks that support these activities. These interns are often students with great attention to detail and interest in art and art history but also science.
– The Met's Curatorial Departments study, exhibit, and care for works of art. Descriptions of the 17 different curatorial areas can be found here
. High school interns are placed in one of these 17 areas so please note if you have particular interest in one or more of them. Previous interns have helped curators prepare for upcoming exhibitions, provided them with feedback on audio tours and digital media in the galleries, helped with managing information and images of works of art, and more. These interns are often students with great attention to detail and strong organization skills who have an interest in research and writing about art, history, and/or art history.
- The Design Department works closely with curators and conservators to design how works of art are displayed throughout the Museum in both special exhibitions and gallery installations. Staff in this department includes exhibition designers, graphic designers, and lighting designers. High school interns usually observe and assist one type of designer and are usually students with interest in one of these fields.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a private institution relying on the combined generosity of visitors and supporters to serve the public. The Development Office works with individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies to support every facet of the Museum. They are responsible for memberships, grants, donations, fundraising and other special events, and more. Interns in this department assist with clerical and administrative tasks that support these activities.
- The Digital Media Department leads the creation, production, presentation, and dissemination of multimedia content to support the viewing and understanding of the Met's collections and exhibitions, both within the galleries and online. Staff in this department create films, interactive touch screens, and other digital media for the galleries, special exhibitions, and the website. Other departmental staff update, maintain, and improve the website. Still others plan events to engage people with works of art through technology, and more. High school interns in this department usually have interest in film, photography, animation, audio guides, social media, web design, or other digital media or technology. Please discuss your specific interests on your application.
- The Editorial Department produces about 30 publications a year – catalogues about special exhibition or the collections and also general-audience books, educational publications and scholarly periodicals. They also produce online catalogues and e-books. High school interns observe and assist with the various stages of the creating a publication, from planning to editing to designing the publication.
– The Education department aims to make learning about art enjoyable and intellectually stimulating through a wide array of programs for all audiences. Educators teach workshops in the galleries and art-making projects in the studios for students in grades K-12, for teachers, for families, for teens, for adults, and for multigenerational audiences. They also plan and lead events and programs for these audiences - gallery talks, tours, lectures, concerts, film screenings, and more. The department also coordinates the training of future and current museum professionals through internships, fellowships, and more. High school interns in this department observe and assist a museum educator who oversees programs and events for one of these audiences.
External Affairs - Communications and Marketing
- This team promotes the Museum and its programs through outreach to the traditional press and new media alike. For example, they hold press previews and press conferences, write and distribute press releases, and create video and new media promotions. Interns for this department assist with clerical and administrative tasks that support these activities.
External Affairs - Government Affairs
- This team works at the city, state, and federal levels to maximize the local and federal governments' operating and capital support for the Metropolitan and its initiatives. Interns for this department assist with clerical and administrative tasks that support these activities.
External Affairs - Multicultural Outreach
- This team works to broaden Museum attendance and support from all of New York's communities. It organizes events, receptions, and lecture programs geared to appeal to diverse audiences. Perhaps its most popular initiative is the College Group which attracts thousands of area college students to its events. Interns for this department assist with clerical and administrative tasks that support these activities.
– Watson Library is the Met’s central library – a reference library with more than a million volumes. It holds countless books (some that cover centuries and others that discuss only a single work of art), plus exhibition catalogues, rare books, and over 150,000 auction and sale catalogues dating from the eighteenth century to the present day. Like the Museum's collections, the library's holdings are encyclopedic, offering a broad range of research materials on subjects covered by the seventeen curatorial departments. Interns in this department have assisted with barcoding, reshelving, and delivering books to patrons and museum departments, and also with the process of acquiring additional books.
Merchandise and Retail
– The Merchandise and Retail Department handles all aspects of the items sold in the museum’s stores – from product design and development to product production to inventory to retail sales. The items in our shops are primarily reproductions and adaptations of works of art in the collections of the Metropolitan and other museums around the world. Interns in this department assist with clerical and administrative tasks that support these activities and observe the various stages of the process of creating and selling products found in the Museum’s shops.
Please select the three departments with which you have the greatest interest in interning from the following lists: