Gallery Arts Administration Summer Intern

Academic Credits





333 East 47th Street
New York
New York
United States



Japan Society is sponsoring a 10-week summer intern program from Monday, June 4th through Thursday, August 9th, 2018 for college and graduate students as well as recent graduates. The program offers part-time unpaid internships that provide a wide range of opportunities for participants to learn about non-profit administration in a cultural institution, obtain job market skills and experience, and gain an appreciation of Japanese history, arts and culture.


As one of the premier institutions in the United States dedicated to the display of Japanese art, Japan Society Gallery organizes several exhibitions a year related to Japanese art and culture. This summer internship is tailored to students seeking to expand their experience within museums and arts organizations, with an emphasis on gaining a broad knowledge of exhibition organization. Interns are introduced to issues relating to exhibition interpretation and art history, and will obtain administrative, outreach, and curatorial skills. 



·     Research and identify new patrons and sponsors

·     Work closely with Gallery Associate to update database of gallery contacts

·     Work with Gallery team to develop relationships with possible partner organizations for gallery outreach and programming

·     Assist the Gallery Associate in organizing Friends of Gallery events

·     Provide staff support at Gallery programs and membership events

·     Other general administrative tasks as needed



·     Enrollment in an Art History, Arts Administration, or Museum Studies program

·     Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus

·     Proactive engagement with tasks and well-developed organizational skills

·     Exceptional attention to detail

·     Knowledge of/interest in Asian culture and Japanese language preferred but not required


Dates of Summer Internship & Time Commitment:

·        June 4th-August 9th, 2018

·        20 hours per week

·        Option of extending internship in the fall


Learning Opportunities:

·     Museum Database skill development

·     Administrative and outreach skill development

·     Develop internal and external communication skills


·     Deeper understanding of Japanese art history

·     Introduction to exhibition interpretation and curatorial practice



To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to Please indicate “Gallery Arts Administration Intern” in email subject line.



While internships are unpaid, Japan Society values its interns and provides the following benefits:

  • Free or reduced-priced admission to Japan Society programs;
  • Free admission for intern and guest to New York City museums;
  • In-service training workshops for interns.



Japan Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and welcomes a diverse workforce.



Founded in 1907, Japan Society in New York City presents sophisticated, topical and accessible experiences of Japanese art and culture, and facilitates the exchange of ideas, knowledge and innovation between the U.S. and Japan. More than 200 events annually encompass world-class exhibitions, dynamic classical and cutting-edge contemporary performing arts, film premieres and retrospectives, workshops and demonstrations, tastings, family activities, language classes, and a range of high-profile talks and expert panels that present open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U.S., Japan and East Asia. For more information, visit our website,

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