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Summer Internship in American Art at Princeton University Art Museum

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Undergraduate students are invited to apply for an eight-week summer internship program at the Princeton University Art Museum. The 2021 summer internship program will run from Thursday, July 1 to Wednesday, August 25. Undergraduate students majoring in any discipline at any four-year college or university are eligible to apply. Princeton University students are given priority.

Interns have the opportunity to work in various departments, which could include: curatorial, education, development, information technology, marketing, office of the registrar, publications, or retail and wholesale operations. Interns are placed on the basis of their experience, academic training, and departmental need. Collections information research will be part of all the interns’ experience. To learn about past summer internship projects, please watch our summer internship video series "Interns at Work".

About the Museum:


With a collecting history that extends back to 1755, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the leading university art museums in the country, with collections that have grown to include more than 100,000 works ranging from ancient to contemporary art and spanning the globe. Its collections of Chinese painting, the art of the ancient Americas, and photography are widely regarded as being among the world's finest. 


A private institution serving the public good, the Museum is committed to serving the University, local and regional communities, and beyond through a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions, new scholarship, and innovative programming. By collaborating with experts across many disciplines, fostering sustained study of original works of art, and uniting scholarship with broad accessibility, the Museum contributes to the development of critical thinking and visual literacy at Princeton University and enhances the civic fabric of our nation.


The Museum also serves as a gateway to the University for more than 200,000 visitors from around the world each year. Intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, it offers a respite from the rush of daily life, a revitalizing experience of extraordinary works of art and an opportunity to delve deeply into the study of art and culture. The Museum is located at the heart of the Princeton campus, a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Nassau Street, and is free and open to the public. 


To learn more about the Princeton University Art Museum, visit


Within the curatorial area of American Art, the intern’s work includes supporting the image description project and writing short descriptions of works of art to enhance accessibility for the visually impaired.


In addition to departmental responsibilities, interns receive a broad introduction to the Art Museum collections and to the museum field through a four-day orientation program and weekly discussions with Museum staff.


Dates and Compensation

The 2021 program will run from Thursday, July 1 to Wednesday, August 25.  Undergraduate students (and recent college graduates) are paid $13.50 per hour and usually work full-time (36.25 hours per week), but hours might be adjusted this summer. All interns must be available to work the entire eight-week period.



Undergraduate students from any two- or four-year college or university, are eligible to apply. Princeton University students are given priority for all positions. Previous recipients of the summer internship are not eligible to apply. Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to Apply

Applications must include: a cover letter describing the applicant’s specific interest in the internship program, including department of interest; academic and life experience that prepares the applicant for this program; and how a museum internship relates to the applicant’s larger educational or career goals. Applicants must also include a C.V. or résumé, at least one letter of academic recommendation, and an official academic transcript. Please submit ALL materials electronically to [email protected]

Applicants may be contacted for interviews, and accepted applicants will be notified in early April. For additional questions, see our FAQs


Be advised that you will be contacted only if there is further interest in your application. Your candidate dashboard may not display status updates for this requisition.


Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Standard Weekly Hours0.00Eligible for OvertimeYesBenefits EligibleNoEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)NoEstimated Appointment End Date8/28/2021Physical Capacity Exam RequiredReviewValid Driver’s License RequiredNo#LI-ST1


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