Studio Institute

Collection Curatorial Intern

Brooklyn Children's Museum -- Collections Curatorial Intern

Please see instructions on how to apply at the bottom of this page.

The main project will be the curation of collection objects and thematic interpretation (text, worksheet, further thematic proposals,) of some of nine collection cases within our main collection object display gallery: Collection Central, around the exhibition theme of “Emotions.” The theme will be interpreted through an interdisciplinary lens of arts and culture with emphasis on touchable objects as the museum’s collection of objects will be an integrated component. This project offers a professional opportunity to see a curatorial and interpretative project from the start of an idea, through generating and planning to the actual floor of a museum. This type of project requires research within our database (TMS), and object research. The BCM intern will gain knowledge from this “deep dive” into the object content, and thematic areas of the exhibit, as well as have the creative latitude to suggest connections and components not previously conceived.

Skills: The intern should possess strong writing, research and critical thinking skills, be resourceful and creative in approaching problem-solving, be self-directed and able to work well independently as well as being open to constructive guidance and direction. The intern should also have a genuine interest in environments that foster learning and curiosity among family audiences and focus on the development of young children.

Backgrounds in object handling and/or visual design skills are highly preferred. We welcome artistic/academic individuals that are already engaging along interdisciplinary boundaries and are interested in the potential of a museum’s Collection to achieve a social justice and highly creative impact.

Projects Include:
- Work on curation of the Collection Central space at the Brooklyn Children's Museum
- See a curatorial project through from start to finish
- Research childhood interactive play theory, and work with curators to design spaces accordingly

This position pays $15/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $500 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Program Details page for more information.  

1) Will be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student as of the Fall 2019 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
2) Attend college in New York City, or live in New York City. 

3) Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000. This number is on your FAFSA form, to see what it looks like -- click here. 


1) To apply to a position, please click here and fill out the eligibility application form
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. Note: once you're verified as eligible for Arts Intern, you can apply to as many positions as you'd like. You do not have to submit the eligibility application more than once. 
3) You will forward this confirmation email, along with your CV, cover letter, and transcript to the email below these instructions with the subject "Arts Intern 2019 Approved Application".

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to Kate Calleri at