Fall 2020 Intern Cohort 2 1


Selected candidates
Ainielle Zubiete Iza – Education
Julia Juan Irazustabarrena – Exhibition Design
Laura Saavedra Alvarez – Curatorial
Sandra Cadenas Sesma – Curatorial

The objective of the Basque Internships is to provide an opportunity for up to four Basque Interns to participate in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Internship Program in New York. The Guggenheim Museum Internship Program offers practical training experience to students and recent graduates interested in pursuing careers in the arts and museum fields. Interns gain a broad understanding of how a particular department functions within the context of a major museum, as well as specific knowledge and skills related to that department’s activities. Interns are assigned to one department for the duration of their training, based on qualifications and interest. Under the supervision of designated staff mentors, interns complete individual projects, attend meetings, and participate in ongoing conversations and processes within their department.

Please see Internship Departments for more information.

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, all Basque Internships will remain virtual this year. No travel to New York is expected or required.

During the application process, candidates must be:

  • students currently undertaking their last University year
  • current graduate students
  • recent graduates (completion of University or graduate degree not before academic year 2018/2019)

Additionally, all candidates must be:

  • born in the Basque Country (Autonomous Community of the Basque Country)
  • and/or a resident since January 1, 2019
  • fluent in spoken and written English

Virtual internships require a commitment of 16-20 hours per week, including attendance at Museum Culture Seminars.

Museum Culture Seminars

Museum Culture Seminars (MCS) are weekly meetings that allow interns from different departments to come together to learn and connect. MCS include presentations by Guggenheim staff and other arts professionals, as well as discussions of current issues and trends within the field. In addition to professional development, the goal of MCS is to build community as a cohort and create an opportunity for social interaction among interns. MCS will be held via Zoom every Friday morning (New York time) throughout the internship period. Attendance each week is mandatory.

Internship Period

Fall: September – December (10-12 weeks)

Application deadline: April 12, 2021


Each Basque Intern will receive funding of USD 1,750 at the beginning of the program. In case the complete period is not fulfilled, the above mentioned amount shall be proportionally refunded.

How to apply

Please complete the application form (all fields are required) and submit with the additional materials requested. All materials must be submitted in English (except official documents).

Following an initial review of the applications, a small group of candidates will be contacted for Zoom interviews.

The four selected Basque Interns will be notified no later than June 22, 2021 Their names will be announced on the website.

For any questions or problems regarding the application process, please e-mail

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