Founded in 1935, SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast devoted to modern and contemporary art. From the outset, the museum has championed the most innovative and challenging art of its time, and we continue to exhibit and collect work by both modern masters and younger, less-established artists. By embracing the challenge of the new and unexpected, we hope to encourage fresh ways of seeing, thinking, and engaging with the world. SFMOMA's internship program offers insight into the operations of one of the country's leading art museums and allows interns to gain valuable hands-on experience.
A cornerstone of SFMOMA's identity since we first opened in 1935, the department of Painting and Sculpture consistently engages with the art and artists of our time. Whether by supporting artists at early stages of their careers, as founding director Grace McCann Morley did when she presented the first solo museum exhibitions for Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Arshile Gorky, or by organizing major retrospectives and thematic exhibitions, we are committed to fostering new ideas and approaches to modern and contemporary art. Our collection features art created between 1900 and the present, and highlights the work of numerous individual artists in depth. Purposefully wide-ranging in scope, areas of concentration include Fauvism, Cubism, and Surrealism in France; Modernism in the United States and Latin America; American Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Pop art; postwar German art; and contemporary art from around the globe. As the first museum on the West Coast dedicated to modern and contemporary art, a large part of our collection focuses on artists from California, and particularly the Bay Area. Numbering more than eight thousand works, our holdings include paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, yet often expand beyond these categories to follow artists and their interests.
Full time, starting Monday, June 10, 2019 - Friday, August 16, 2019
Exposure to various aspects of organizing an exhibition, such as conducting research, compiling checklists, and collaborating with departments across the museum.
College student majoring in art history, or M.A. or Ph.D. student in an art history program. Essential skills include the ability to carry out independent and rigorous library research; familiarity with 20th century art history; ability to follow instructions and to ask questions; excellent writing abilities; familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style.
California Art (2 days):
The intern will conduct library and archival research in support of a future exhibition on art and the Asian diaspora in the Bay Area. Library and archival research will be supplemented by first-hand study of relevant collection objects, which are primarily stored in the museum's off-site collections center.
Permanent Collection Research and Exhibition Preparation (2 days):
The intern will conduct library and archival research in support of a future drawings exhibition and will assist with research on the permanent collection. Library and archival research will be supplemented by first-hand study of relevant collection objects, which are primarily stored in the museum's off-site collections center.
- Intern Application on SnapHire
- Cover letter stating the department(s) (up to three areas) you are interested in. Describe the experience you bring to these particular areas.
- Statement of purpose: No more than one page, describing why you are interested in museum or nonprofit work, your reasons for applying to SFMOMA, and your goals for the internship.
- Two Letters of recommendation from a college professor or former employer
- College transcript: Transcripts can be unofficial, but need to be readable.
- Availability for an in-person interview starting in early April. Skype and phone interviews will be considered for students who are abroad or far from California.
We are happy to work with your educational institution to provide credit for this internship.
To learn more about our internship opportunities, visit the Internships Section of our website at https://www.sfmoma.org/join-the-team/internship-program/
Please apply online for an internship opportunity.