Internship Opportunity: Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC


Join a vibrant community of students at The Met this summer!  The Museum Seminar (MuSe) Internship Program awards paid summer and long-term internships to students interested in a career in the arts and fields related to the Met’s many departments. In addition to developing skills through internship projects within museum departments, interns participate in a weekly seminar series and interact directly with the Museum’s visitors by leading public tours in the galleries.

The Met strongly encourages applications from students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts.

The Thomas J. Watson Library is the primary research library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  It has a collection of nearly one million volumes, extensive electronic resources and growing digital collections.  For further information regarding The Thomas J. Watson Library, visit The intern will work with professional librarians on ongoing library workflows and special projects. Potential projects in Watson Library include:

  • Working on stacks management for expanding our special collections; evaluating and processing research materials for relocation to offsite storage
  • Evaluating and researching folios in our circulating collection for scarcity and condition, for possible inclusion in our special collections
  • Examining and creating a workflow for enhancing our legacy artist files
  • Taking part in cutting-edge technical services workflows, working in OCLC Connexion Client and Innovative Interfaces new Sierra platform, which the library will be adopting this spring
  • Copy-cataloging a significant gift of contemporary art exhibition catalogs from the Museum of Modern Art
  • Reclassing departmental libraries according to Library of Congress Classification
  • Exposure to other areas of library work whenever possible, according to interest and aptitude

Dates: June 6-August 12, 2016

For more information and to apply, visit:

DEADLINE: January 31, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Please note: your recommendation letters must be submitted by this application deadline. We will not accept applications or recommendations after the deadline.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status, and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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