Thursday, March 26, 2009

The ArtsLife High School Internship Program

Internship Details:
The ArtsLife High School Internship Program is a paid summer internship for ten (10) high school students intended to help them gain practical work experience in a non-profit art museum setting. Interns will work part-time for six weeks. Each intern will be expected to report to work Tuesday – Friday from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. The 2009 internship will begin on Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 and conclude on Friday, August 21st, 2009. Each intern will be paid a competitive wage.
Applications must be received no later than April 10th, 2009.
Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors in high school by Fall 2009.
Applicants must live and attend high school in the 5 boroughs of New York City.
Applicants need not be planning a career in museum work or art, but should be interested in learning about museums, art and design, and the non-profit sector.
You must be able to commit to the entire 6-week program from July 7 - August 21, 2009.

Application Requirements:
□ Completed student application form (see attached)
□ Parent/guardian support form (see attached)
□ Two (2) letters of recommendation (see attached)
(One recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator; A second recommendation from an adult who is neither a relative nor affiliated with the high school of the applicant, i.e. employer, member of clergy, coach, etc.)
□ All application materials should be placed together in a single envelope, must be postmarked by April 10th, 2009 and sent to:
ArtsLife High School Internship Program
Museum of Arts & Design
Education Department
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
Please Note:
Recommendation forms sent separately will not be accepted.
Applications may NOT be faxed or e-mailed.
Please do NOT send any additional materials.

If you have further questions, please send e-mail to:
Internships will be awarded to students based upon their interests, abilities and potential to benefit from the experience. Student profiles and statements along with recommendation letters will be used to assist the selection committee in determining the strongest applications. Semi-finalists will be asked to participate in an interview at the Museum in early April. Finalists will be notified in early May.

All applicants must submit a fully completed application package by April 10th, 2009.
Applications may be obtained by:
Contacting the Museum by e-mail at
Downloading the application from our web site at

Please make sure that your application includes all of the following items: NOTE: Typewritten applications are preferred, but legibly handwritten applications will be accepted.
(1) Student Application form: Make sure that all items in Parts 1 and 2 are completed and signed, and that you include your address and phone number for the summer months.
(2) Personal Statement:
This statement should be 500 words or less and include the following:
Why you want to intern at MAD and what you expect from an internship;
Career objectives and how you hope to achieve them;
Your experience and/or education in the visual arts or museums, if applicable;
The qualities you possess that promote you as a candidate for this internship.
(3) Parent/Guardian Information and Pledge of Support: This form must be filled out by the parent(s) or guardian(s) only, and must be signed and received by the deadline.
(4) Letters of Recommendation: These two (2) letters must be received by the deadline. Be sure to complete the section of the application that indicates from whom the recommendations are coming. Letters of recommendation should come from individuals who can speak for the student’s background and skills and their ability to learn. Letters must arrive along with the rest of the application in sealed envelopes, with the name of the letter writer and applicant appearing across the envelope flap.
One letter of recommendation needs to come from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator. This should be someone other than the person who makes the nomination.

A second recommendation must come from an adult who is neither a relative nor affiliated with the high school of the applicant (i.e. employer, member of clergy, coach, etc.).

Deadlines: All application materials must be postmarked by April 10th, 2009.

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