Master’s students in Visual Arts Administration are preparing to hold positions and leadership roles within museums, auction houses, galleries and other cultural institutions. Master’s students have completed internships at large and small local and regional museums and galleries, artist studios, publishing houses, and other sites.
Visual Arts Administration: ARVA-GE 2302 Internship in Art (0-6 credits)
Course description: Individual internships in New York City with major artists, notable museums, distinguished galleries, art publishers, and art organizations under the guidance of a sponsor at the host institution. Students also work closely with the internship coordinator to assess their progress and define learning goals. Internships must be approved by the internship coordinator and academic adviser in advance and students must register by the drop/add deadline.
Read Student Internship Experiences below:
Jing Cheng, Class of 2021
Area of Focus: Non-profit
My internship helped me understand the institutional structure and curatorial process of a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to large-scale public art. In response to COVID-19, I assembled a resource package with information on emergency grants and remote communication tools to support artists. I also assisted curators in planning several initiatives and public art projects, including the Creative Time Comics 2020.
Pauling Fuentes Loza, Class of 2020
Area of focus: Arts and Culture Project Management
I was a part of the process of commissioning more than ten public art installations across NYC and I was a part of the planning of two major city events, Car Free Earth Day and Summer Streets, by supporting the program's Director in sponsorship meetings and partner outreach. Through this experience, I gained lifelong friends and colleagues, and also learned essential project management skills that will benefit me in every aspect of my professional career.
Tessa Kennamer, Class of 2020
Area of focus: Nonprofit Arts Management
During my experience as the Marsh Family Intern with the Collections and Interpretations Department at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, I was provided a range of unique opportunities. My time included planning and facilitating educational lessons, conducting museum tours, assisting with research, and collaborating to create new narratives for the permanent collection. Working under the Curator of Digital Engagement, Liz Neely, I helped design an exhibition, Seeing Beyond.
Lees Romano, Class of 2021
Area of focus: Art + Tech
As the Web Development and Communications intern, I am responsible for developing external-facing marketing materials, designing and building a website for the organization, researching the art market as it pertains to objects of cultural heritage, and researching and interpreting blockchain white papers and resources. This organization feels more important than ever as we navigate restitutions and reparations in the arts and implement new technologies to do so.
Niuniu Zhang, Class of 2021
Area of focus: Art Finance and Philanthropy
As a Summer 2020 curatorial intern for the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program, I have conducted research on art history and urban planning literature to produce cultural narratives for the Fall 2020 40th-anniversary event. This unique internship is research-intensive and project-based. Throughout this experience, I have gained a holistic view of the New York art scene from the 1980s to now, which will greatly benefit my upcoming thesis project.
Yujia Zheng, Class of 2021
Area of focus: For-profit track
During my internship at Artory, a blockchain-based digital registry, I helped with the startup’s database maintenance and online marketing. It has been an eye-opening experience, and I’ve acquired a great amount of knowledge and insights about the intersection of art and technology, which is my area of interest.