Basque Internship Departments 2023


Curators are responsible for the collection, exhibition, and interpretation of artworks with the goal of providing expanded insights into the diverse practices of modern and contemporary artists. Interns in this department may assist with the planning of exhibitions and related publications, website content, and programming. Interns may also conduct research on collection artworks and prospective acquisitions. Ideal candidates should demonstrate an interest in modern and contemporary art and have excellent research and writing skills.

Abu Dhabi Project, Curatorial

The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project (GAD) leads the curatorial and programming strategies for the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum. This curatorial team develops the museum’s curatorial narrative, conducts research, and proposes acquisitions for the collection. The GAD curatorial team also forms the commissions and implementation plans for the opening installation and uses 3D digital modelling for exhibition planning and test-fits to display the collection and commissions. All placements are in New York City. No travel is expected or required. Ideal candidates should demonstrate an interest in modern and contemporary art and have excellent research and writing skills.

Communications and Public Relations

The Communications and Public Relations department is responsible for the transmission of information to both the press and the public. Intern responsibilities include creating press materials, communicating with the media, maintaining press files, and assisting during media previews and other public-relations events. The Press Office also circulates relevant clips internally.


The Education department provides innovative and inclusive learning opportunities for diverse museum visitors across all age groups. Through collaboration with artists, scholars, and cultural practitioners, the team creates meaningful in-person and online experiences. The Education department is dedicated to forging paths that lead to a more inclusive and diverse institution by valuing the lived experience of our multi-generational audiences, providing opportunities for our visitors to nurture their curiosity, offering a sense of belonging through partnerships, and producing visionary content that supports our collection and community. Intern placements are offered in a range of program areas including Academic Engagement, Interpretation and Access, Public Programs and Public Engagement, and School, Youth, and Family.

Interpretation and Access (Education Department)

Interpretation and Access is committed to providing experiences that engage multiple senses by integrating verbal description, conversation, and creative practice through content on our digital platforms and on-site. The department offers individualized programs that serve visitors with disabilities and develop content with a universal design framework. Access programs include the Mind’s Eye program for participants who are blind or have low vision. In addition, Interpretation and Access partners with organizations to provide individualized tours for groups and American Sign Language interpreters for public programs.

Public Programs and Public Engagement (Education Department)

Through endowed lectures, conversation series, and architecture-focused programs, Public Programs and Public Engagement creates connections and encourages exchange between creatives, thought-leaders, scholars, and participants. The department provides opportunities to nourish curiosity and expand ways of seeing through art, architecture, design, and visual culture by presenting performances and commissions, yearlong program residencies, and dynamic virtual programs.

School, Youth, and Family (Education Department)

School, Youth, and Family programming offers young learners an opportunity to begin a lifelong relationship with art, museums, and their own creative potential. Programming includes Learning Through Art (LTA) artist-in-residency school partnerships, free museum visits for all New York City public school classes, and educator workshops that build trust and partnership with classroom teachers in order to best serve their unique student needs. In addition, the GuggTeens initiative allows high school students to strengthen their unique perspective, agency, and skills while working alongside museum professionals across the institution. The department also collaborates with community partners to bridge important connections with the museum’s local and international audiences. Programming is geared towards intergenerational groups and includes in-gallery drop-in activities and small group gallery tours.

Exhibition Design

The Exhibition Design department designs and oversees the installation of exhibitions in all Guggenheim museums and outside venues for traveling exhibitions. The department is a repository for architectural information, including museum drawings and models, and a library of maquettes of the collection. The department works with curators to determine the layout of exhibitions and designs aspects necessary for the installation of artwork. Interns in this department usually come from an architecture background and must be fluent in 3D-imaging software such as CAD or Vectorworks. Please note when applying, candidates should submit a design portfolio (website or PDF).