Studio Institute

Central Collections Interpretation Intern

Brooklyn Children's Museum -- Central Collections Interpretation 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 all table top collection cases/ activity sites within our main collection display area: Collection Central, around the current exhibit theme of  “Elements of Arts.” The theme will be interpreted through an interdisciplinary lens of arts and culture and the natural sciences, and 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 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 in the central space of 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 $13/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 2018 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
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. Note: you must make note of which position you're applying to in the application. 
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. 
3) You will forward this confirmation email, along with your CV, cover letter, transcript, and recommendations to the email at the bottom of each position description with the subject "Arts Intern 2018 Approved Application"

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