Exhibition Design Internship

Whitney Museum of American Art Whitney Museum of American Art Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Wed, Aug 28 '19Posted on:

Exhibition Design works closely with Curatorial to translate an exhibition’s checklist and narrative into the three-dimensions of the gallery. From concept design through construction and installation, designers coordinate with nearly all other departments of the museum to ensure that artwork and architecture form an impactful experience for the visitor.

The Exhibition Design Department Intern will provide design support for exhibitions in various stages of planning:

  • Interns will participate in departmental design charrettes and meetings with exhibition curators to review design concepts and art layouts as well as planning meetings involving colleagues across the institution
  • Interns will also assist in making art layouts, scaled maquettes of the artwork, study models, full scale mockups and presentation materials
  • When possible, interns will observe and assist on the floor during construction and installation.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in architecture or related design program
  • 2D drafting skills, preferably Vectorworks, 3D modeling skills, preferably Rhino and V-Ray, and fluency in Adobe Suite.
  • Facility with building both study and finish models - Ability to think abstractly and creatively - Concern for details
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work in a flexible, fast-paced environment on simultaneous projects
  • When applying, candidates must provide a link to their design portfolio

Internships are open to students of junior-year college level or above, recent graduates, graduate students and postgraduates who commit to a minimum of 2–3 days per week.  There is no stipend, but interns are eligible for regular employee discounts as well as invitations to exhibition openings and free admission to most New York City museums. The Whitney Museum is an equal opportunity employer. 

About the Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.                                                      


Application Instructions:

Please complete an application located on the Museum’s website:  

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