Archives Internship for Graduate Students | Summer 2023

Post Date:
February 22, 2023
Application Due:
April 3, 2023


Summer 2023

One position available


Up to 28 hours/week, 8-10 weeks


$24.00 per hour

At the Frick Collection we pride ourselves on promoting an open and welcoming workplace culture that supports diversity and work-life balance. The Frick strives to provide our employees with competitive salaries and exceptional benefits in a beautiful and pleasant work setting while providing an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.


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 (the former Whitney Museum), while renovations are underway to the newer parts of the building at 1 East 70th Street.

Internship Description

The Archives Department of The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library is hosting an 8-10 week summer internship. The internship is centered around processing and creating a finding aid for a small collection of records related to two London art galleries. In addition to working with this collection under the supervision of Archives staff, the intern will also participate in the department’s day-to-day operations including reference services and digital initiatives. If time permits, the intern is encouraged to develop content for publication in the form of blog posts or through the Frick’s social media outlets. It is expected that the bulk of the intern’s time will be spent on site at Frick Madison.


The internship is open to graduate students currently enrolled in library information science programs or in graduate programs with an archival coursework component. Recent graduates of such programs will also be considered.

Time Commitment

The internship is generally eight to ten weeks, with activities carried out four days a week between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Interns may work up to 28 hours/week.


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

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.

MetroCard: 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, The Sister Yard, during the café’s regular opening hours: Thursdays – Sundays.

Application Process and Timeline

Applications for the Summer 2023 Archives Internship must be submitted no later than April 3, 2023.

Select candidates will be contacted for interviews, and applicants will be notified in May 2023.

To apply:

      Apply to Position

Submit PDF of cover letter and resume via the link above.

Include the following in your cover letter

  • Your reasons for applying for the internship
  • Your preferred dates and hours of availability (to be discussed if selected for an interview)

Or send resume and cover letter to:

Archives Internships
Frick Madison
30 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

Please note that internship applications to multiple departments are not accepted; please apply to only one department.

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at The Frick 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. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.