Virtual Basque Internships 2020
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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 skills related to that department’s activities. Interns are assigned based on academic background, professional skills, interests, and career goals. Under the supervision of designated staff members, interns participate in the ongoing work of Museum departments, complete individual projects, and contribute to larger Guggenheim initiatives. Please see Internship Departments for more information.

During the application process to the internship period (s), 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 2017/2018)

Additionally, all candidates must be:

  • born in the Basque Country (Autonomous Community of the Basque Country)
  • and/or a resident since January 1, 2018
  • fluent in spoken and written English

Basque Internships are full-time, four days per week, Monday through Thursday; and require participation in Museum Culture Seminars on Fridays.

Museum Culture Seminars

Museum Culture Seminars form an integral part of our Internship Program. Site visits to other New York arts and cultural institutions, and discussions with a wide array of arts and museum professionals are facilitated. A field trip outside of New York City is planned for the end of each internship period.

Internship Periods

Summer: June – August
Fall: September – December

Candidates may apply to both periods.

Application deadline for both periods: December 16, 2019


Each intern will receive funding of USD 3,500 at the beginning of the internship. In case the complete period is not fulfilled, the abovementioned amount shall be proportionally refunded.

Visas and insurance

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation will assist each Basque Intern with applying for a J-1 visa. Interns will be responsible for the SEVIS fee, visa application processing fee, and any visa issuance fees that may be incurred. Interns will also be responsible for their own health insurance.

Housing and travel

Interns will be responsible for securing their own travel. Housing is not provided, but interns will receive a list of suggested resources. Interns will be required to cover their own international and local travel costs.

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 applicants, a small group will be contacted for telephone or Skype interviews with department supervisors.

The four selected candidates will be notified no later than April 6, 2020. Please check the website to verify the names of the selected candidates.

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

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