Studio Institute

Curatorial Intern

Socrates Sculpture Park -- Curatorial Intern

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

The 2018 Curatorial Summer Arts Intern at Socrates Sculpture Park will work on a new image archiving project and play a crucial role with the EAF (Emerging Art Fellowship). The Intern will work with the Director of Exhibitions to migrate images from one of various locations on the SSP server to our Digital Image Archive. Through this process, the Intern will learn best practices for image management, captioning, crediting, and preservation, as well as creativity through working with limited resources. Work related to the EAF fellowship and exhibition will include best practices for standard curatorial interpretive materials—wall labels, website texts, and hand out brochures and event preparation— for the event timeline and run of show. The Intern will learn the various research and preparatory components that go into creating an exhibition, and how institutional context is crucial in creating exhibition interpretive materials.

The Intern will experience the varied character of curatorial work—the balance between long-term research and planning and short bursts of intense activity—installation, catalogue deadlines, and public programs and special events. The Intern will also gain insight to the pleasures and challenges of working in a small DIY organization, in which staff members wear various hats and are able to shift quickly between projects. The Intern will gain experience with archiving principles, professional correspondence, research, and event planning and management.

Skills: Necessary skills for the Intern are: Collaborative spirit, attention to detail, self-initiation, good communication skills, perseverance with research and basic InDesign and Photoshop skills. The Intern will be responsible for migrating images from our website files from various digital locations to our master image file system, as well as purging extraneous multiple image files, checking and correcting file name consistency, checking for back-up files, organizing for signature images, and drafting guide documents for the image archive.

Projects Include:
- Work on curation-related activities in a wide-range of capacities at the Socrates Sculpture Park
- Build new image archive based on ongoing and historical exhibitions
- Assist in activities around the Emerging Art Fellowship exhibition

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.
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 Jess Wilcox at