Studio Institute

Curatorial Intern

New York Transit Museum -- Curatorial Intern

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

The New York Transit Museum (NYTM) Curatorial Summer Intern will be an active member of the Curatorial team working on several exhibit-related projects at various phases. They will gain a range of hands-on curatorial experience working with various staff members including the Senior Curator/Deputy Director, Registrar, Collections Manager and Senior Manager for Exhibitions.

The prospective candidate will provide general department administration, exhibit/database research and administration and object research. They will learn and employ cataloging procedures and implementation, will assist with exhibit label writing and editing, object handing and collection care. They will work with the Curatorial department, Education and Press/Marketing to assist with compiling research and materials for social media posts and public programming that engage our audience and help promote the museum collection to support the outreach mission of NYTM. The incumbent will participate and assist staff with regular exhibit maintenance and gallery installations as the schedule allows. The Curatorial Intern will become familiar with the NYTM collection and will conduct research at other institutions to support and enhance the scholarship of exhibits in development.

In addition to substantial renewal and refreshing of museum exhibits to be completed by October 2019, the Curatorial Team will oversee exhibitions and public programming during Summer 2019, including:
- What's Old is New Again: Recent Acquisitions from the NYTM Archive
- Look at the Pictures: New York City Transportation in Illustrated Books
- The Court Street Signal Tower
- The 18th
Annual Holiday Train Show (research and art commission)

The Curatorial Intern will participate with the Curatorial team on all projects, and will contribute specifically and substantially for two exhibits:
- Changing Signs, Changing Times: A History of NYC Graphics and Wayfinding
- The Legend of the Redbird: From World's Fair to Graffiti Wars to the Redbird Reef

Projects Include:
- Work with the curatorial team to refresh and renew a number of soon-to-be reopened exhibitions
- Conduct database research and work with objects currently on display at the Transit Museum
- Become familiar with the collection; assist the department in maintenance and installations of exhibitions
- Use social media to inform the public of ongoings at the Transit Museum

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 Robert Delbagno at