Post Date: February 1, 2022

Application Due: February 28, 2022

Summer 2022

One position available.


Up to 28 hours/week, 8-10 weeks


$22.00 per hour

The Frick Collection strives to provide every employee and intern with the best work and learning experience and benefits of any museum workplace in New York City. We offer a minimum wage for entry level employment and internship positions of at least $18.00/hour; this is $3/hour higher than the NYC minimum wage and we anticipate this increasing to $20.00/hour in our next fiscal year. We pride ourselves in promoting an open and welcoming workplace culture and on our support of diversity and work-life balance. The benefits offered by the Frick are unparalleled in the New York museum community. The Frick Collection offers a beautiful and pleasant work setting and an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.

The Frick complies with New York City’s Executive Order 225 and requires all employees and interns be fully vaccinated and to have received booster vaccines against the virus that causes COVID 19.

Internship Description

The Frick Art Reference Library’s Content Cluster is comprised of Acquisitions, Digital Art History, Metadata, Photoarchive, and Web Archiving. The intern will build their art historical knowledge through hands-on projects involving the collections of a leading research institute dedicated to the study of fine and decorative arts created in the Western tradition from the fourth to the mid-twentieth century. The intern will have the opportunity to work closely with cluster Leads and participate in department meetings, webinars, and other professional development programming for libraries and museums. The scope of the projects may include but are not limited to:

  • Learning special collections cataloging by creating MARC records, researching provenance and attribution histories for Photoarchive images of paintings and drawings by Italian or Dutch artists
  • Assisting with researching the copyright status of artworks represented in the Photoarchive’s collection of digitized study photographs
  • Creating and modifying datasets for a digital mapping project that documents the movement across the United States of Library photographers recording paintings and sculptures in private collections and little-known public collections
  • Classifying works for art with a machine learning app to increase access and discoverability to digitized Photoarchive images
  • Contributing to a crowdsourcing project to create alt-text descriptions of digitized visual images
  • Contributing to our critical and ethical cataloging work, reviewing and revising language used in our collections catalog


Content Cluster internships are open to qualified graduate students in art history, library science, data science, and archival studies. Required skills include data entry, attention to detail, ability to work independently, good time management, research, and organizational skills. Coursework in art history preferred. Familiarity with library cataloging standards, geographic mapping, computer visualizations, and digital humanities tools desirable.

Time Commitment

The internship is generally eight to ten weeks, with activities carried out four to five days a week between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Interns may work up to 28 hours/week. Internship hours will follow a hybrid model, with hours worked both onsite and remotely. Access to a personal computer will be required during offsite/remote hours.


In addition to hourly compensation and the aforementioned benefits, we provide an onboarding stipend of $1,500.00 to cover travel or other expenses to all interns who are engaged to work onsite 8-10 weeks.

Benefits in Employment with the Frick Collection

Part-time employees and interns accrue sick leave up to 56 hours/year in accordance with the New York City Earned Sick Time Act.

Paid Holidays: part-time employees and interns receive paid time-off when they would normally be scheduled to work on holidays the museum is closed to the public. These include New Year’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Martin Luther King Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Retirement: The Frick supports all employees and interns in planning for retirement by offering participation in a Tax Deferred Savings Plan – 403(b). 

Wellness Programs at the Frick include an Employee Assistance Plan, a discount on Citi Bike memberships and a discount on bike helmets. Interns are eligible to participate in these programs.

Metro Card: all interns will receive a monthly unlimited Metro Card for the month(s) they are working at The Frick.

Meal discount: When employees and interns are working onsite, they may access a discount on food pickup or delivery through Seamless/Grubhub. All interns and employees are also eligible to receive a discount on selected food and beverage items purchased at Frick Madison’s café, Joe Coffee, during the café’s regular opening hours: Thursdays–Sundays.


Opened to the public in 1935, The Frick Collection is a world-renowned art museum consisting of more than 1,500 works of art from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. It is considered one of the world’s most perfect museums and the residence is one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Frick welcomes nearly 300,000 visitors a year to its tranquil mansion on the Upper East Side, encouraging visitors to closely observe, reflect, and engage with its esteemed collection.

The Frick Art Reference Library, founded by Mr. Frick’s daughter, Helen Clay Frick, in 1920, is an internationally recognized research library that serves as one of the world’s most complete resources for the study of Western art. Our entire staff ensures that the resources of The Frick Collection are made accessible and inviting to “all persons whomsoever,” in accordance with the wishes of the museum’s founder.

The Frick has moved into its temporary home—Frick Madison—in the Breuer building at 75th Street and Madison Avenue, while renovations are undertaken to the newer parts of the building at 1 East 70th Street. We provide training on best practices for protecting oneself and the public during a pandemic.

Application Process and Timeline

Please note that applications to multiple departments at The Frick Collection are not accepted; please apply to only one department.

Applications for the Summer 2022 Content Cluster Internship must be submitted no later than February 28, 2022.

Selected candidates will be contacted for interviews, and applicants will be notified by March 30, 2022.

All internship applications must be submitted via e-mail to, as follows:

Submit PDF of cover letter and résumé.

Include the following in your cover letter

  • Your reasons for applying for the internship, including a statement describing how this internship would enhance your academic course of study
  • Your preferred dates and hours of availability (to be discussed if selected for an interview)
  • The names, professional affiliations, telephone numbers, and email addresses of two references, at least one of which must be academic
  • Current GPA

Send application packet to:

Content Internships
Subject Line: Graduate Content Cluster Internship Summer 2022

The Frick Collection
30 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

No phone calls, please.

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at The Collection, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status or any other protected characteristic as established by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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