Undergraduate-Graduate Center for the History of Collecting Internship: Summer 2018

Position Type:
Post Date:
December 12, 2017
Application Due:
February 12, 2018


One placement available in Summer 2018.


The intern will have the opportunity to experience how The Center for the History of Collecting’s Archives Directory for the History of Collecting in America functions. The Directory is a database whose records identify and locate primary materials relating to American collectors of fine and decorative arts. Its records pertain not only to the collectors themselves, but also to dealers (both American and foreign) from whom they purchased works of art and to advisers/consultants who helped shape the collectors’ taste in art. The Directory includes biographical information, identifies related individuals, positions collectors, their dealers, and consultants in history by decades of activity and geographic location. The Center’s intern will develop crucial skills for researching the history of collecting, art markets, provenance research, archival work, and gain knowledge of digital art history methodologies. There is no stipend associated with this internship.


The Center for the History of Collecting Internship is open to a qualified undergraduate or graduate student in art history or another relevant field, including library sciences, digital humanities, and archival studies. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and excellent research skills are required. Attention to detail is essential and a strong interest in the history of collecting in America is desirable. Foreign nationals must have eligibility to participate in unpaid internship placements in the U.S. Applicants are responsible for their own housing and travel arrangements. Academic credit may be arranged for interns at their schools’ discretion.

Time Commitment

The internship generally spans eight weeks starting in June, with activities carried out Monday-Thursday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Intern activities are generally carried out June-August.

Application Process and Timeline

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

All Center for the History of Collecting Internship applications for summer 2018 must be submitted no later than February 12, 2018. Selected candidates will be contacted for interviews, and applicants will be notified by March 31, 2018.

All internship applications must be submitted via e-mail to internships@frick.org, as follows:

Subject Line:Center for the History of Collecting Internship — Summer 2018

Submit PDF cover letter and resume.

Include the following in your cover letter:

  • Your reasons for applying to the internship, including a statement describing how an 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

No phone calls please.

Center for the History of Collecting Internships
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 

For more information: Please revisit our internships page at http://www.frick.org/careers/internships 

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