Curatorial Intern (Photography)

Hours per week

2-3 days per week



Start Date



1109 5th Avenue
New York
New York
United States


The Jewish Museum:

Founded in 1904 and located on New York City’s Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people. The Museum maintains a unique collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media reflecting the global Jewish experience over more than 4,000 years. The Museum applies a contemporary lens to its exhibitions, which range from ancient to contemporary art.

The Position:

We are looking for inspired individuals who would like to join the Curatorial Team of The Jewish Museum and develop their knowledge of exhibition realization in a professional, supportive environment. Summer interns will be assigned to assist Curators with research, correspondence, as well as general administration in connection with forthcoming exhibitions, presentations, and related special projects.

The forthcoming exhibition will revisit a period in art history when artists and designers, among them some of the most sophisticated cultural figures in Europe, fled to the United States from Nazi Europe. This show will reconsider the broad impact of this moment of cross-cultural pollination, as émigrés resettled in cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York. This merging of immigrant and American designers and artists used the printed page of a magazine as a stage upon which all the players—color, typography, style, and photography—could participate in the drama of modern design. Central to this show will be an examination of American magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, both of whose art directors, Alexey Brodovitch and Alexander Liberman, respectively, were conversant with photography and design. Brodovitch and Liberman’s openness toward change and their advocacy of a new synthesis of high modernism immediately influenced important photographers such as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and others, who studied with Brodovitch. By focusing on photographers who partook of this period’s interactive and popular cultural realm, the exhibition will illustrate a central post-war theme: the challenge to the American puritanical separation of high and low art, as photography absorbed graphic, literary, painterly and cinematic attributes.

Responsibilities Include:

The intern will research specific topics in art, share their research, organize visual material, and perform general administration tasks such as (but not limited to) maintaining checklists and budget logs, mailing and invitation lists, general paperwork, and presentation materials.   The intern may be asked to research at off-site, public facilities in New York City, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art library (Thomas Watson Library) the library at MOMA, the New York Public Library, etc. Other tasks will be assigned as the need arises.


Other Duties and Responsibilities (if applicable):

Typing, photocopying, digitization, filing, sorting mail, etc.



A qualified candidate should have at least a B.A. in Art History or related field with preparedness demonstrated through previous relevant research and work experience. Candidates should also have some or in depth knowledge and research experience in several of the following areas: history of photography, post-war art history, history of American printed media and periodicals, American modernism, history of fashion, fashion photography, or other corresponding fields of study.

How To Apply

Send Resume with Cover Letter and Intern Application To:

Human Resources Coordinator

The Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10128


Fax: 646.358.3040

Phone: (212) 423-3238

The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and encourages applications from diverse candidates.