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Current students and recent graduates can learn about museum practice and gain professional skills in a variety of fields through internships at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters during the academic year.

In addition to developing their skills through projects in various departments, our interns join a community of fellow interns and staff during their time at The Met. All interns participate in a weekly program introducing them to projects, activities, and staff across the Museum. This might include talks in the galleries, presentations by staff, lunches with individual staff members, or behind-the-scenes tours of Museum departments.

The descriptions of the Undergraduate and Graduate Internship Program on this page reflect the Museum’s current plans as of April 2021. However, due to the unpredictable and continually evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum may need to change, delay, shorten, and/or cancel the 2021 and/or 2022 programs. We will provide periodic updates regarding any major changes or developments.

The Met has over forty department areas that host interns from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. For example, students majoring in computer science might apply to intern in our Digital or Information Systems & Technology departments. Engineering students might be interested in our Buildings and Construction Department. Art history and other humanities students gain valuable experience in curatorial departments, as well as Editorial, Education, and Development. Studio art, design, or photography majors have thrived in areas like Digital, Design, or Imaging. Our Department of Scientific Research welcomes students with a strong background in science.

Interns may also be placed at The Met Cloisters to work on education, library, or curatorial projects. The departmental placement is onsite* at The Met Cloisters, but these interns participate fully in orientation and all other intern activities and programs at The Met Fifth Avenue. If you have a specific interest in The Met Cloisters, select this museum area (along with any additional areas that interest you) on your application.

Learn about the possible internship placement areas at The Met.

*Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some 2021 internship placements may not be possible and/or may be remote.

Placement areas include the following:

  • Editorial and Publications
  • Archives
  • Curatorial
  • Digital
  • Many more

Compensation: $2,380 for ten weeks, 14 hours per week

Internship Period Application Deadline Notification
Fall 2021 May 26, 2021, 5 pm (ET) Second week of August
Spring 2022 September 29, 2021, 5 pm (ET) Second week of December

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